So if Thomas wants any advice on how to handle the higher profile, he can always check with his longtime friend.

And he already has.

“I was able to — I hope — share just a couple of insights that maybe I wasn’t prepared for that could have helped me, not necessarily on the golf course but more in just blocking stuff out and staying focused,” Spieth said.

Spieth didn’t share details of their conversation, though he revealed some advice he took last year during a critical juncture in his season, if not his young career.

It came from an excerpt in Theodore Roosevelt’s “Citizenship in a Republic” speech delivered in Paris in 1910.

Spieth, who takes pride in being a good closer, still couldn’t shake the memory of losing a five-shot lead on the back nine of the Masters in 2016. He thought about it again during the final round of the British Open, where a three-shot lead in the final round turned into a one-shot deficit with five holes to play. He answered with three birdies and an eagle over the next four holes to capture the third leg of the career Grand Slam.

“The British Open, it just did wonders for me individually,” Spieth said. “And not only my view of myself, but my view on being the man in the arena. I’m the one that’s out there, that’s putting it on the line every single week. I’m going to fail and learn and I’m going to succeed, but I’m the one in the arena.

“I feel like I’m in a great place of who I am and what I’m doing going forward,” he added. “And starting 2018, I’m kind of ready for anything. I’m ready for failure, for success and everything in between.”

It starts at the Tournament of Champions on Thursday, where Ryan Armour — the oldest player in the field at 41 — hits the opening tee shot. The forecast calls for plenty of sunshine all week, plenty of possibilities all year.