We now know Jordan Spieth as one of the best golfers on the PGA TOUR but he was once a young guy hoping to get a shot to prove himself just like everyone else.
When Spieth was still in high school, he had already racked up an impressive amount of accolades and accomplishments in the Dallas area. And since he was dominating all the events at his age level, Spieth was ready for a new challenge and he decided to shoot for the moon. Spieth decided that he would petition the organizers of the Byron Nelson Invitational for a sponsor exemption into the tournament.
To make his case, Spieth sent out a hand-crafted letter to the organizers, touting his many accomplishments, including being the youngest ever Starburst Champion, being a member of the 2008 Winnipeg Jr. Ryder Cup Team, and being the 2009 AJGA Rolex Player of the Year as well as the #1 ranked Polo and Golfweek junior.
Spieth also played up his Texas ties, saying he has always wanted to play in the hometown event after watching Phil Mickelson play as a kid. The organizers of the Byron Nelson Invitational got their hands on the letter and decided to give him a further look. And after reviewing his credentials, the event granted him the sponsor exemption he was seeking in 2010, the first time a player received that exemption since 1995.
This was definitely a risky decision from the organizers at the time, as there were definitely other qualified players already on the PGA TOUR who could have used this exemption. But Spieth ended up proving all of the organizers of the event right, as he was in contention for three rounds that year before finishing T-16th in his first career event, all before he graduated high school.
There’s no doubt that this was the first instance that everyone knew that Spieth would be special but how he got his shot is even more amazing. It just goes to show that no matter how old you are, you can achieve your dreams with enough hard work. Hopefully, the next young player can use this story as an inspiration to jump starting their own career.
Here’s the letter in full via @PGATOUR on Instagram:
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