Golf: Puerto Rico Open

Jordan Spieth continues to cash checks

March, 11, 2013
Jordan Spieth, the 19-year-old phenom out of Jesuit Prep in Dallas, came very close to becoming the second-youngest winner in PGA Tour history as he finished tied for second at the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday.

Spieth (19 years, 7 months, 13 days) earned $308,000 and now has made $373,000 in just three PGA Tour starts as a professional. He had eight other starts as an amateur between 2010-12. Harry Cooper won the 1923 Galveston Open at the age of 19 years, 4 days.

“It was cool to battle on the back nine there and know that I was close in the heat and to feel the pressure,” said Spieth, who was playing on a sponsor's exemption and is now exempt for this week's Tampa Bay Championship. “It was a first-time experience for me.”

Jordan Spieth gets exemption for PGA Tour event

March, 6, 2013
Jesuit graduate Jordan Spieth will tee it up with the big boys on the PGA Tour this weekend at the Puerto Rico Open after receiving a sponsor exemption. He'll be paired with Patrick Cantlay and 2010 U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein during the first two rounds.

Spieth finished tied for fourth in last week's Colombia Championship. A non-member of the tour, it was the second top-10 finish this season for the 19-year-old Spieth, who tied for seventh in Panama. He now needs only $4,649 in earnings to earn a special temporary membership and become the youngest player on tour.