He was a ‘college dropout’ …. now Spieth has earned $35M in prize money

(CNN)Jordan Spieth’s childhood friends might have dubbed him a college dropout, but his decision to initially go to university to has proved hugely influential for wannabe golfers.

    Spieth competing at the 2011 Walker Cup one year before turning professional.Spieth competing at the 2011 Walker Cup one year before turning professional.
    Spieth secured his first major win at the 2015 Masters at the age of 21.Spieth secured his first major win at the 2015 Masters at the age of 21.
    Fans cheer as Jordan Spieth of the United States high-fives them during the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club.Fans cheer as Jordan Spieth of the United States high-fives them during the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club.
    Longstanding friends Thomas and Spieth have competed against each other since they were 13.Longstanding friends Thomas and Spieth have competed against each other since they were 13.
    Justin Thomas celebrates FedEx Cup win at East Lake in September.Justin Thomas celebrates FedEx Cup win at East Lake in September.
    The US won their seventh straight Presidents Cup in October.The US won their seventh straight Presidents Cup in October.
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    Spieth's victory at Royal Birkdale took him to within one of the career major grand slamSpieth's victory at Royal Birkdale took him to within one of the career major grand slam
    Norman Xiong was part of the 2017 U.S. Walker Cup team that beat Great Britain and Ireland 19-7Norman Xiong was part of the 2017 U.S. Walker Cup team that beat Great Britain and Ireland 19-7
    Nick Hardy finished tied 52nd at the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay.Nick Hardy finished tied 52nd at the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay.
    Albane Valenzuela competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics for Switzerland.Albane Valenzuela competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics for Switzerland.
    Stanford's Andrea Lee competed for the US in the 2016 Walker Cup.Stanford's Andrea Lee competed for the US in the 2016 Walker Cup.
    Charlie Rymer (right) is a former PGA professional and joined Golf Channel in 2009.Charlie Rymer (right) is a former PGA professional and joined Golf Channel in 2009.

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