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Jesuit's Jordan Spieth returns to Byron Nelson

Dallas Jesuit senior Jordan Spieth capped off his high school career earlier this month by winning his third consecutive UIL state championship.

But he's better known for taking the golf world by storm at last year's HP Byron Nelson Championship, making the cut as a Jesuit junior and flirting with a run at the lead on the final day. He wound up tied for 16th as a 16-year-old, the sixth-youngest player to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

With Spieth back at the Nelson this week, ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett profiled the changes the future Texas Longhorn experienced over the last year. You can read the full story here.

Here's an excerpt:

Spieth returns believing he's improved on and off the course. He won't have the distraction of finals, as he completed those earlier in the month. He's had time to hone his craft for the tournament, playing the course a few times in preparation.

"I feel like I'm better than last year," Spieth said. "I was proud of the way I handled things last year with the pressure of it all, but I didn't finish in the top 10, so part of me feels it was a disappointment. But I'm hitting it further than last year. I'm in a big short-game phase to nail that part down."

In other words, Spieth feels good about where his game is right now.

Spieth has also agreed to do a daily diary for ESPN Dallas during Nelson week. In his first entry, which you can find here, he answered questions about Tuesday night's storms, his schedule this week and the state of his game.

Check ESPN Dallas every day this week for more from Spieth, and get all the latest news from the Nelson on the ESPN Dallas golf blog.