Who among us are not rooting for Jordan Spieth. The kid has talent, and we have seen him on a regular basis since the 2010 Byron Nelson when he showed up with a note from his teachers allowing him time from school to compete with the big boys. He finished tied for 16th place after going into the final round tied for 7th place. The 19 year-old from Dallas needs to win a PGA tournament for his Fed Ex Cup points to become legitimate.
Spieth has been playing on a special sponsors exemption for most of the year, has managed five top ten finishes throughout the year, and has amassed over $1.2 Million dollars in earnings. But because he is not a member of the PGA Tour as of this time, would not be eligible for perks provided for the Tour Players such as a berth in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
With his earnings in 2013, he would be in the top 15 on the FedEx Cup lists, but because he isn’t a member of the tour as of yet, he would not be able to play. He needs to win a tournament in the next five weeks to become legitimate. That would solve all of his problems.
He began play at The Greenbrier on Sunday five shots off the pace, and eventually finished tied 23rd. He was on the first fairway when the horn blew for the three-hour rain delay came. After play resumed, Jordan could not find a cup. He made nine pars in a row where the ball was within a foot of the hole, he just couldn’t manage a birdie.
Jordan will need to continue to pound until the PGA Championship in order to find a win somewhere. That will be the only way he can make the post season, and capture his Tour Card. The youngster has a ton of talent, and appears to play at a much older, wiser level than his 19 years. I am pulling for him to make it. If he doesn’t make it this year however, you will see this kid for a lot of years in the future.
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