Golf star Jordan Spieth gets mosaic tribute of balls, tees

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Posted: Oct 28, 2015 5:57 PM

DALLAS (AP) — Downtown Dallas is the site of an unusual diamond in the rough: 24,152 golf balls on tees, arranged to show the likeness of hometown star golfer Jordan Spieth.

Dallas-based AT&T Inc. showed off the tribute mosaic of the 22-year-old Spieth on Wednesday. The image in a downtown park shows Spieth wearing a cap and appearing to watch his shot off his backswing.

Why all the fuss?

Only a year ago, Spieth's relationship with AT&T was expanded to include its logo on his golf bag. A month later, Spieth went on a tear. He closed out 2014 by winning the Australian Open in Sydney and the Hero World Challenge in Florida by 10 shots. He later said those two events set the tone for a 2015 season that allowed the 22-year-old Spieth to join some elite company.

He became only the fourth player since 1960 to win the Masters and U.S. Open for the first two legs of the Grand Slam. Spieth won his fifth tournament of the year at the Tour Championship to claim the FedEx Cup and finish the year with just over $12 million, a PGA Tour record.

He also was voted PGA Tour player of the year and reached No. 1 in the world.

And now it's time to get back to work. Even as AT&T began to take down the mosaic, Spieth was getting ready for a World Golf Championship next week in Shanghai. He also returns to Australia and The Bahamas to defend his title in the two tournaments he won late last year.