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Spieth has grown up at Nelson, from teen making cut to now playing there as Masters champ

  • Jordan Spieth smiles while waiting for his tee shot on the 12th hole during the third round of the Colonial golf tournament, Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Jordan Spieth smiles while waiting for his tee shot on the 12th hole during the third round of the Colonial golf tournament, Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jordan Spieth and the gallery watch his putt just miss the 16th hole during the final round of the Colonial golf tournament, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Jordan Spieth and the gallery watch his putt just miss the 16th hole during the final round of the Colonial golf tournament, Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)  (The Associated Press)

Before he was the Masters champion, Jordan Spieth had already made the cut twice as a teenage amateur at the Byron Nelson.

Spieth even missed his high school graduation ceremony while playing at TPC Four Seasons.

This week, Spieth plays his "home" PGA Tour event for the first time since winning the green jacket. He's the favorite when the Nelson tees off Thursday as the rain-saturated course.

Spieth finished 16th as a 16-year-old in his Nelson debut.

Five years later, he's the No. 2-ranked player in the world and tops the tour's FedEx Cup standings and money list with $5.7 million.

Brendon Todd is the defending Nelson champion. His win last May is still his only one on the PGA Tour.