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April 17 2013

2:20 PM

Spieth gears up for busy stretch

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Jordan Spieth had never played more than two weeks in a row before this year.

But after gaining Special Temporary Membership on the PGA TOUR -- which will allow him unlimited sponsor exemptions the remainder of this season -- he'll play as many as he can.

"The hardest part is just adapting to the travel and off course," the 19-year-old former University of Texas standout said. "I've been striking the ball well week to week, even playing four in a row, which is reassuring, because I had never done that before. I didn't know how I'd hold up."

The answer came quickly.

In six starts this season on the PGA TOUR, Spieth has a runner-up and a tie for seventh among them. He also finished in the top 7 in the two Web.com Tour events he played.

Playing for the first time since finishing seventh at the Valero Texas Open, Spieth embarks on a busy stretch. Beginning with this week's RBC Heritage, he'll play five of the next six -- unless he wins, which would get him into THE PLAYERS Championship.

"A good year for me would have been playing well to start the year, and on the Web.com Tour, and continuing to play on the Web.com Tour the entire year," Spieth said. "A great year would have been somehow within seven starts earning enough to do what I guess seven other people have done in the past, Bud Cauley being the most recent and earning PGA TOUR status that way."

Now with unlimited exemptions, Spieth has a chance to do that.

"It is different and it's difficult," he said. "A lot of these courses I've just watched on TV."

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