His selection as a Captain's pick by Fred Couples to represent Team USA at next month's President's Cup was a no-brainer. All this 20-year-old kid has done is:
- Won the U.S. Junior Amateur in 2009 and 2011
- Win the American Junior Golf Associations Rolex Junior Player of the Year Award in 2009
- Became only the third amateur at age 16, since 1995 to receive an exemption into the Byron Nelson Classic in 2010. He made the cut and finished 16th in the tournament
- Was a member of the 2011 Team USA Walker Cup Team, where he won both his singles matches and halved his foursome match.
- He accepted a scholarship to play golf for the University of Texas in the fall of 2011 where during his freshman year he won three individual titles and led the Longhorns to the 2012 NCAA Championship
- He was named First Team NCAA All-American in 2012
- Qualified for the 2012 U.S. Open as an alternate Amateur, and then competed when Brandt Snedeker had to withdraw. He finished 21st and was low amateur.
- Was the number one ranked amateur in the world after the 2012 U.S. Open
- After deciding to turn professional in December of last year he secured a sponsorship with Under Armour and began both Monday qualifying for PGA Tournaments and gaining access to other PGA Tour events through sponsor exemptions
- He gained his first 3 top ten finishes on the PGA Tour in March and April of this year at the Puerto Rico Open (2nd) , The Tampa Bay Championship (7th), and the RBC Heritage Open (10th)
- He won the John Deere Classic in July in a three way playoff with Zach Johnson and David Hearn. At age 19, he was the fourth youngest player to ever win a PGA Tour event, and the first teenager to win in 82 years.
- The victory gained him immediate full exempt status on the PGA Tour and qualified him for the Open Championship and PGA Championship and next year's Masters.
- He had a runner up finish at the Wyndham Championship, which pushed him into the top ten in the FedEx Cup Points race.
- And finally last weekend, his final round 62 helped him gain his seventh top ten finish of the year making the decision Fred Couples made yesterday easy
Couples compared his decision to add Spieth to his decision concerning Keegan Bradley back prior to the 2011 President's Cup. Back then he decided to pass on Bradley, reasoning that there were going to many opportunities to have Bradley on the team as he believed he would automatically qualify many times. In this case, he just couldn't use the same reasoning after consulting with the other players that will be on Team USA.
It will be enthralling to watch Spieth over the next three weeks as he contends for the FedEx Cup in Chicago and Atlanta, and then at Muirfield Village for Team USA. But what golf fans will truly relish will be watching him play a full PGA Tour schedule next year, including all four majors. Don't be surprised if this young superstar brings home one of those in the next 11 months.
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