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Jordan Spieth Turns Professional

on 14 December 2012.

One of the most decorated amateur golfers in history, Jordan Spieth on Friday turned professional. The 19-year-old University of Texas sophomore from Dallas will forgo the rest of his collegiate career.

 

Jordan Spieth won the U.S. Junior Amateur twice before leading the University of Texas to the 2012 NCAA National Championship.Jordan Spieth won the U.S. Junior Amateur twice before leading the University of Texas to the 2012 NCAA National Championship.“The decision to turn pro was a difficult one, but I’m looking forward to the challenge of competing at the highest level and accomplishing the many goals I’ve set for myself on and off the course,” Spieth said. “I owe everything I’ve achieved thus far to the support of my family, friends, teammates, and the University of Texas. While I’m proud of what my teammates and I have accomplished, I couldn’t be more excited to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a professional golfer.”

 

As a freshman at Texas, Spieth was a first team All-American and earned Big 12 Player of the Year. He led the Longhorns to a 2012 NCAA National Championship and was a finalist for the Ben Hogan Award, presented annually to the nation’s top amateur golfer. Spieth also won the U.S. Amateur twice—in 2009 and 2011—and was the only golfer other than Tiger Woods to accomplish that feat.

 

Spieth, who signed with Dallas-area agent Jay Danzi with Forefront Sports Group for management and marketing representation, has already experienced success at the PGA Tour level. He’s made the cut in six of eight professional events he’s played, including a T21 and low amateur honors at this year’s U.S. Open.

 

As a 16 year old amateur in 2010, Spieth played the Byron Nelson Championship on a sponsor’s exemption and was in contention to win on the final nine holes of the tournament. He held the Royal & Ancient’s No. 1 World Amateur ranking this year and had an undefeated record at the 2011 Walker Cup. He also represented the U.S. at the 2008 and 2010 Junior Ryder Cups.

 

“Jordan Spieth is a remarkable young man,” UT men’s golf coach John Fields said. “Though he is leaving early, he has left a positive, indelible mark on The University of Texas and our program. Jordan is first class—as a student, as a teammate. We will certainly miss him, but our future remains bright, and like him, this is a new beginning for all of us.” 

 

Spieth joins the ranks of legendary Texas men’s golf team members that include Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Justin Leonard, Jhonattan Vegas, Harrison Frazer and Bob Estes.

 

“This is an exciting time for Jordan, the Spieth family, and the sport of golf,” Danzi said. “Jordan is a fine young man and a rising star who will be an elite player for years to come.  We are honored to have the opportunity to build his brand and help him achieve his goals as he transitions into the professional ranks.”

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