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For the third year in a row, Jordan Spieth will play in the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Only this time, it’ll be as a professional. The Dallas native on Wednesday accepted a sponsor’s exemption into the May 13-19 event at the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas in Irving.
“We know bright things are in store for Jordan as he begins his career on the PGA Tour,” tournament chairman Mike McKinley said. “He did so well here as an amateur and we are looking forward to welcoming him back and seeing him compete at this year’s tournament.”
Spieth, the two-time U.S. Junior Amateur champion who won an NCAA national championship last season with Texas, made his PGA Tour debut at the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship. He was in contention to win the event on the final day and finished tied for 16th place. At the 20120 Nelson, Speith made the cut and finished tied for 32nd.
The former UT All American is coming off his best result in his rookie season. He finished tied for second place last weekend at the Puerto Rico Open. Earlier this season, Spieth finished T22 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
In two Web.com events, Spieth has a T4 at the Colombia Championship and a T7 at the Panama Claro Championship. He won low amateur honors at the 2012 U.S. Open. During his years at Dallas Jesuit High School, Spieth was a three-time Texas UIL Class 5A State Champion.