Spieth accepts sponsor exemption into HP Byron Nelson ChampionshipRIO GRANDE, PUERTO RICO - MARCH 09: Jordan Spieth hits his drive on the third hole during the third round of the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com held at Trump International Golf Club on March 9, 2013 in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)March 14, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas native Jordan Spieth will return to the course where he made his PGA TOUR debut in 2010, this time as a professional. Spieth has accepted a sponsor exemption to play in the 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Spieth is coming off his best result as a TOUR professional, finishing tied for second last weekend at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com. Earlier this season he finished T22 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Additionally, Spieth also finished T4 at the Colombia Championship and T7 at the Panama Claro Championship on the Web.com Tour since turning professional in mid-December.
"We know bright things are in store for Jordan as he begins his career on the PGA TOUR," 2013 Tournament Chairman Mike McKinley said. "He did so well here as an amateur and we are looking forward to welcoming him back and seeing him compete at this year's tournament."
Last season, Spieth finished as the low amateur in the U.S. Open. Earlier that spring he led the University of Texas to a national championship and was named an NCAA first-team All-American as well as the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
The former Longhorns golfer and Dallas Jesuit standout has competed in the Nelson twice, in 2010 and 2011, as an amateur.
In 2010, Jordan made national headlines when he finished T16. That mark continues to stand as the best amateur finish in the history of the event. At the 2011 Nelson, Spieth made the cut for the second year in a row and finished T32. During his years at Dallas Jesuit Prep., he was also a three-time Texas UIL Class 5A State Champion and a two-time U.S. Junior Amateur Champion.
The 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship will be played May 13-19 at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas in Irving.