Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Ollie Schniederjans were all on the 2010 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team
Seven years ago today, the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales ended (a day late due to weather) with the Europeans claiming a 14.5-13.5 victory over the U.S.
A couple of days before those matches started, the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup was contested up north at Gleneagles in Scotland, which would also play host to the 2014 Ryder Cup. In the junior version of the biennial matches, the U.S. came away with a 13.5-10.5 victory.
And it was a pretty star-studded U.S. team -- one that featured three current PGA Tour players, two of them major champions, in Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Ollie Schniederjans.
On the final day, Spieth was a 3 and 1 winner in his singles match over Albert Eckhardt; Thomas defeated Mortiz Lampert, 4 and 2; and Schniederjans was defeated by Juhana Kukkonen, 2 and 1.
Since those matches, Spieth, Thomas and Schniederjans have made out OK in the professional game.
Less than five years after those 2010 matches, Spieth won both the Masters and U.S. Open in 2015. In 2017, he added the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale to his stout resume. In total, he has 11 PGA Tour wins with multiple-win seasons in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Spieth has also been a member of two Ryder Cup teams and was a huge factor in 2016 at Hazeltine in helping lead the Americans to their first win since 2008 at Valhalla.
Thomas, meanwhile, has six PGA Tour victories -- five this season, including his first major at the PGA Championship and was the FedExCup Champion and the PGA's Player of the Year.
Then there's Schniederjans. He waited until 2015 to turn professional and has since won the 2016 Air Capital Classic on the Web.com Tour and is now on the PGA Tour. A three-time NCAA All-American at Georgia Tech, Schniederjans is also a former No.1-ranked amateur golfer in the world.
Isn't it amazing what these three have accomplished when just seven years ago, as 17 year olds, they were playing in the Junior Ryder Cup?