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23-year-old golf phenom Jordan Spieth reveals the moment he felt like he’d ‘made it’

Jordan Spieth has been the number one golfer in the world, and he's earned millions that way, but the 23-year-old golfer says that the first time he felt like he had really made it was when he won The Masters Tournament in 2015.

"That was a lifetime goal of mine," Spieth tells CNBC.

For golfers, The Masters is the ultimate prize. "That's as big as our sport gets. It's our Super Bowl," said Spieth.

The Dallas, Texas, native who turned pro at 19, made his Masters debut in 2014. There he attempted to become the youngest Masters champion in history. In the end, Spieth finished second, as Bubba Watson pulled ahead and won by three strokes.

"I was close, I kind of had it in my hands and it got taken out of it," Spieth says.

But in 2015, Spieth was ready to claim his own green jacket. At 21 years old, Spieth went on to win in Augusta, defeating Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose to become the second-youngest champion after Tiger Woods.

"I've worked so hard my whole life to get into a position to win that," he says. "I felt like I made it at that point. ... It was really cool."

Golfer Jordan Spieth at the opening of Under Armour’s first Boston store
Golfer Jordan Spieth at the opening of Under Armour’s first Boston store

Since his Masters win, Spieth has gone on to win the 2015 U.S. Open by one stroke over Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen.

He's accumulated major sponsorships, including Under Armour, Coca-Cola and AT&T. And he has his own foundation: The Jordan Spieth Family Foundation.

But he isn't getting comfortable with his success just yet. The young golfer is more focused than ever on his game and on hitting new heights.

"So what's 'making it' again?" Spieth asks. "That's what I'm trying to figure out and set those goals to achieve that."