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September 2 2013

3:42 PM

Spieth: No status to East Lake

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

NORTON, Mass. -- On Monday, Jordan Spieth became the first player since Tiger Woods in 1996 to go from no status on any tour all the way to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

"It's been above and beyond what I could have imagined this year," said Spieth, who shot a career-low 62 Monday to finish at 17 under at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Spieth, who earlier this season became the first teenager in more than 80 years to win on the PGA TOUR, closed out his week at TPC Boston in style, making three straight birdies followed by an eagle on the par-5 18th.

"I've never finished birdie, birdie, birdie, eagle before," he said. "It's definitely the best round I've ever played in my life."

And just the latest example of a bright future for the 20-year-old Texan.

He already had seven top 10s, including a pair of runner-up finishes, coming into this week. He was tied for second when he finished his round here.

It was also the 11th time this season that Spieth has carded a 66 or better this season. Comparitively, Woods has had just six -- albeit on tougher courses and in fewer starts.

Spieth, who said his goal at the start of the year was just to be able to play the Web.com Tour, should garner plenty of attention as a possible captain's pick for the Presidents Cup.

First, he'll set his sights on East Lake.

"I think, for anybody, (winning the FedExCup) is a top goal," Spieth said. "It's a farfetched goal of mine. I just really want to be in the top five going into the TOUR Championship.

"In my mind it's a little easier to beat 30 guys rather than 130 guys."

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