July 10 2012
Interview: Jordan Spieth
The Texas amateur discussed his first trip around TPC Deere Run.
The 2012 season marks the final direct q-school-to-PGA TOUR route, and famed Texas amateur Jordan Spieth is going to give it a go while he can.
Spieth, who is teeing it up this week in the John Deere Classic for the first time, made the cut at the U.S. Open and finished T21, which gave him an exemption into the second stage of q-school. Coincidentally, one of the second stage sites is TPC Craig Ranch near his home of Dallas.
Bear in mind, Spieth was still going to try q-school, even as he preps for his sophomore year the University of Texas. He simply won't have to do as much worrying.
"Now, I can just kind of rest and get more prep and not actually fail out of school this semester for being gone too much," Spieth said.
The John Deere Classic marks Spieth's fifth PGA TOUR start of the year, and the eighth of his career. His best remains the T16 he posted in his PGA TOUR debut at the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship, when he contended for the win until fading on Sunday. He admits he's just now learning how to control his nerves under the PGA TOUR microscope.
"[Two weeks ago at the AT&T National], I didn't have any nerves," Spieth said. "It was just like I was playing another round. I think the more and more you get into it, the more and more you realize it's just golf."