Jordan Spieth is heading back to the competition where his success started this week, but he is refusing to reflect on the past.

The 20-year-old won his first, and only PGA Tour title, at the John Deere Classic last year and, as a result, it would be forgivable if one so young was happy to contemplate on what he has achieved when the competition starts on Thursday.

In 2013 Spieth entered the John Deere Classic as an unknown, another promising youngster hoping to make his way up the ranks. Now, he enters it as one of the golfing elite.

He defends his title as the tenth best golfer in the world. 12 months ago, when he won it for the first time, he was down in 120th position.

It has been perpetual brilliance since, with strong performances elevating him through the ranks at a relentless and dramatic pace.

However, Spieth is keen to ensure that he doesn’t think the job is done. He realises that he has the potential to do a lot more in his career, which is just getting started, and his mature attitude, in wanting to stay grounded, is admirable.

“There are a lot of places for me to look forward to," the young American talent said to reporters ahead of the competition start.

"I'm enjoying the present moment, each week, and what it presents. If I sit back and look back, maybe I get a little too caught up in it when I really need to press forward."

Last time in the competition Spieth triumphed in a playoff, and although he will be hoping to win over 72 holes this time, it was proof that he could handle himself under pressure despite his young age.

His name competition that day was David Hearn and Zach Johnson, who he saw off in the fifth extra hole.

And it was evident to Johnson back then that Spieth was on his way to super-stardom.

"His name has been hot for the last 14 or 15 months," Johnson said. "It's warranted, without question, because he's been playing great. And he's a great kid. I can't wrap my brain around that maturity of golf at 20.

“His maturity off the golf course exceeds his maturity on it.”

However, even though he has a demeanour that belies his tender years, his lack of experience in the major competitions has still been shown up at some stages during his burgeoning career so far.

At the US Masters, where Speith really became a household name, he had a share of the lead on the final day but could not stop Bubba Watson from taking the crown, and it was a similar scenario at the Players Championship, where Martin Kaymer snuck ahead of him on the closing 18 holes.

It means that, although he is constantly looking towards the future, the past may help him too, with the year’s third major, the British Open, on the horizon.

"You just learn from your experiences," he said. "You try to work hard in preparation. When you get in the heat of it, you trust the preparation ahead of time."

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