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LAS COLINAS -- It was Charles Barkley who said in the iconic early 1990's Nike commercial, "I am not a role model," but as bad as Sir Charles didn't want to do it, athletes are helping raise our kids.

In the wake of Tiger Woods' off-course issues, Dallas native Jordan Spieth has quickly become a valuable asset for the growth of golf.

"I used to play golf when I was like 4, and after he won (the 2015 Masters) it inspired me to start playing again," said 10-year-old Henry Beckman.

No matter the results, Spieth is king at Lord Byron's tournament.

"This was his Halloween costume," Marissa Farhat said, pointing out her son Duke's head to toe Spieth caddie outfit. "He wants to wear it all the time, so he's actually the one who wanted to wear it today."

Fans lined the practice range and then the fairways rows and rows deep to catch a stroke of greatness.

"I think he's just real," Farhat said. "He doesn't put on a front."

We're in a great era of golf role models -- from Jason Day to Rory McIlroy to Rickie Fowler -- so what sets Spieth apart?

"Just his roots and where he grew up," Mark Holmes said. "There's a lot of kids in Dallas that can follow the same path, and that's pretty special."

Despite his slow start this year, he's also pretty good at winning. Most importantly, though, no matter how much success he has Spieth is seen as a great guy who just so happens to be pretty good at golf too.

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