2010 in review: Top junior golfers

  • Jordan Spieth, 16, became the sixth-youngest player to make the cut at a PGA Tour event when he tied for 16th at the Byron Nelson Championship.
  • After defeating Justin Thomas, 4 and 2, at Egypt Valley in Ada, Mich., Jim Liu, 14, surpassed Tiger Woods as the youngest winner of the U.S. Junior Amateur.
  • The U.S. team celebrates after winning the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Resort in Scotland, the Americans' first win on foreign soil.
  • Emma Talley set the AJGA record for lowest 54-hole total and largest margin of victory during the Huntsville Junior. She has since given a verbal commitment to Alabama.
  • Gavin Hall, then 14, shot a USGA-record 10-under 62 in the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Junior Amateur at Egypt Valley. He lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Jim Liu.
  • Jordan Spieth, a Texas signee, set the AJGA record for largest margin of victory when he won by nine shots at the Ping Invitational.
  • USC signee Kristen Park broke out of a long slump by winning the AJGA Rolex of Champions and AJGA Ping Invite in 2010 on her way to becoming the Rolex Junior Player of the Year.
  • The last player in the field as a sixth alternate, and a relative unknown in junior golf circles, Michael Johnson held off Jordan Spieth and Emiliano Grillo to win the AJGA Junior Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
  • At the age of 12, Brad Dalke made headlines in 2010 when he made a verbal commitment to play college golf at Oklahoma – in 2016.