June 30 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
BETHESDA, Md. -- At just 19 years old, Jordan Spieth's resume is already pretty impressive.
He was once the No. 1 amateur in the world, helped the University of Texas to a national championship and in just 13 starts with limited status on the PGA TOUR this season has already recorded four top 10s, including two near wins.
The second of those came Sunday at the AT&T National, where Spieth, who shared the 36-hole lead, shot 69 to finish in sixth alone.
"It was cool," Spieth said. "I enjoyed it. Couldn't ask for anything more. It was awesome."
All that's missing is a win.
While Spieth has Special Temporary Membership for the remainder of the season, allowing him to accept unlimited sponsor exemptions, a victory would lock up his card for two years and make him eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs.
"Starting the year out, I wouldn't have imagined ... I'm lucky to have a place to play," he said. "I'm trying to get a win, and this is a great step forward for me."
It was also his best finish since a runner-up in Puerto Rico, where he came from back in the pack on Sunday and missed out on forcing a playoff by a stroke.
Even though he didn't win Sunday, he quickly made up for his third-round struggles with an eagle and a birdie on two of his first three holes and eventually had a share of the lead.
Spieth took himself out of contention with bogeys on Nos. 11 and 15 but he left Congressional feeling good about where he's going.
"A lot of positives," he said. "You feel the pressure, and you feel the adrenaline rush. It doesn't happen all the time, but what I learned (Saturday) was, when I did make a mistake, I compounded it once or twice.
"I did a great job today, when I did make a couple bogeys, saying it's not a big deal. Whoever can channel it positively is going to be the one that comes out on top."