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AT AGE 21

Think back to what you were doing as a 21-year-old. I was living in Houston and working for a small publishing company, trying to get my footing in the magazine business as a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. I made a meager salary and got paid only once a month, which meant I was always just scraping by come the fourth week of every pay cycle. For cheap fills, I'd eat green-pea sandwiches on white bread. Not exactly the makings of an overachiever.

But forget peas and flash forward to April 12 of last year, the Sunday another 21-year-old UT alum won the 2015 Masters, his first victory at a major, pocketing $1.8 million in prize money. Now that's an overachiever! As you all know, Jordan Spieth went on to win the U.S. Open, came close to topping the field at both the British Open and the PGA Championship, won the FedExCup, and then nabbed PGA Tour Player of the Year, but by then a 22-year-old. Not surprisingly, he ranked No. 1 many weeks.

Question is, will Spieth the overachiever repeat in 2016? In "The Year Ahead in Golf," we turned to respected experts for their predictions on how he and other PGA and LPGA pros will fare this coming season. I guarantee some of their crystal gazing will surprise you.

No matter how he does this year, it's a safe bet Spieth won't be eating any pea sandwiches. A young gun who earned $22 million on the PGA Tour last year can afford better. Much better.

- DON NICHOLS
don.nichols@clubcorp.com

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