PEBBLE BEACH (KPIX) – They gather every year off the 18th green at Pebble Beach – fans eagerly waiting for an autograph or a selfie.

That’s where we met little Will Valine, a big fan of Jordan Spieth.

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“I just love him because he plays Titleist,” Valine said of Spieth’s sponsorship deal with the golf ball manufacturer. The 4-year-old had heard somewhere that Titleist is the number one ball in the game.

It goes without saying that Valine is hooked on playing golf. “Do you have a handicap?” asked KPIX sports director Dennis O’Donnell. “I don’t really play in tournaments,” Valine astutely replied.

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On Saturday Spieth came to the 18th in contention, but his tee shot was swallowed by the bay. Spieth later sliced his approached into the gallery, and he carded a double bogey seven on the hole.

“It’ll affect me for a while,” Spieth told the media after the round.

Usually a player that implodes on 18 looks for the nearest exit and a waiting car, but Spieth is not your typical player. He went back out to sign autographs, and somewhere deep down in the throng of fans, little Will Valine got his.

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“I felt super good,” he said moments after getting two signatures – an extra for his brother. “I’m just so glad,” he said.

Dennis O'Donnell