WINDERMERE, Fla. – Texas sophomore Jordan Spieth finished fifth in his title defense at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational. His victory here last year was the first of his college career. This edition of the Isleworth event just may be Spieth’s final stroke-play event as a collegian. He shot 68-74-74 to finish four shots behind winner Michael Kim of Cal.
“I didn’t have my swing this week,” said Spieth, a sophomore. “I’ve been working on some stuff getting ready for a few weeks from now.”
Spieth is playing with his Texas teammates at next week’s Stanford Classic at Cypress Point. That tournament, held at historic Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, Calif., will be a team match-play format. That will mark the end of Texas’ fall season. Spieth’s next event will be the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School on Nov. 13-16 at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, near Spieth’s Dallas home.
Spieth is attending Q-School in an attempt to earn a PGA Tour card before the Tour’s wholesale changes to its qualifying structure are put in place. Spieth would have to turn pro after Q-School – and forgo the spring college season – to accept membership on either the PGA or Web.com tours. Spieth said he is “not sure” if he’ll turn pro before the spring season even if he doesn’t earn a card at Q-School. Turning pro in December, like Peter Uihlein did last year, would likely give Spieth more opportunities to earn his Tour card via sponsor exemptions or to earn money before the Web.com Tour finals.
Spieth said Q-School has been on his mind, but, “It’s not just about getting ready for Q-School. If I can become a better player this fall, and help my team, then I’m just going to be more prepared for Q-School. Texas golf is first and foremost this fall. Once this ends next week, I’ll start focusing on the other stuff.”
Spieth is No. 8 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. He finished second at the Carpet Capital Collegiate, 35th at the Ping/Golfweek Preview and fifth at Isleworth.