Jordan Spieth is now allowed an unlimited number of sponsor exemptions. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
Jordan Spieth has officially joined the PGA TOUR as a special temporary member for the remainder of the 2013 season.
Spieth earned this status following his T7 finish at the Tampa Bay Championship presented by EverBank, which pushed his season earnings to $521,839. That mark pushed him over the amount earned by No. 150 on last season’s money list ($474,295), making him eligible for his current status.
With this move, Spieth is eligible for unlimited sponsor exemptions the remainder of this season as he attempts to earn his 2013-14 PGA TOUR card via the Non-member Money List or Non-member FedExCup Points List.
Spieth burst onto the TOUR radar in 2010 when he was tied for seventh after 54 holes of the HP Byron Nelson Championship before finishing T16. He made four cuts in six starts in 2011-2012 as an amateur, highlighted by a tie for 21st, and low amateur honors, at the 2012 U.S. Open.
The 19-year-old turned pro in December and started his pro career on the PGA TOUR with a missed cut at the Farmers Insurance Open. He then tied for 22nd at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and was a runner-up at the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com before earning status at Innisbrook.
Spieth has also made two starts on the Web.com Tour finishing tied for seventh at the Panma Claro Championship and tied for fourth at the Colombia Championship. He currently ranks 10th on the Web.com Tour money list.
His top-10 finish in Tampa Bay netted him an exemption into next week’s Shell Houston Open in his home state of Texas.