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The Tour Report

September 4 2013

5:45 PM

Moment of validation for Spieth?

By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM Insider

What was the moment of validation for Jordan Spieth?

Was it the phone call from Fred Couples telling him he was on The Presidents Cup team?  Maybe it was the formal announcement Wednesday during the televised news conference when the world was informed Spieth was a Captain’s pick. Or was it his victory in the John Deere Classic? Or the 62 he shot in the final round of Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday?

All of those have to be “red-letter” days in the golfing career of Spieth but there have been other less publicized moments.

As Tiger Woods was about to begin his post-round presser following the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, Spieth walked by after his own press conference was finished. Woods made a point to walk over to the 20-year-old Texan and congratulate him on his round and play this year.

How cool is that?

Spieth is just a couple years removed from high school and here’s the world’s No. 1 ranked player complimenting your game.

There was another moment at last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.

Phil Mickelson took Spieth aside and asked if he would like to play a practice round together at next week's BMW Championship. That’s an invitation that only goes out to special players with promise. Golfers like Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler are part of that posse; part of the future of American golf.

Jordan Spieth is now part of that group. On Wednesday, he officially became part of The Presidents Cup.

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