Spieth closes AJGA career with HP Boys title
Monday, February 21, 2011
THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Jordan Spieth capped his AJGA career in style Monday, pulling ahead during a wild stretch on the back nine to win the HP Boys Championship in his final AJGA start.
Spieth, 17, who will play for the University of Texas in the fall, shot a final-round 70 to finish at 10-under 206, four strokes ahead of Cody Proveaux at The Club at Carlton Woods. Over the next few months, Spieth will tee it up in a handful of amateur events in an attempt to strengthen his bid to make the U.S. Walker Cup team. He will make his final junior start in July, at the U.S. Junior Amateur, where he will attempt to become the first multiple winner since Tiger Woods. (Spieth won the U.S. Junior in 2009 at Trump National.)
“I singled out this event as the one that I wanted to be my last AJGA event, and it was an unbelievable event,” said Spieth, of Dallas. “To come in here and be able to come out with a win, it was really cool.
“I’d sum it up as a really good step in the right direction. With the goal being to be the best in the world some day, to beat the best juniors is always a great step.”
A runner-up at the HP Boys each of the past two years, Spieth broke out of a share of the lead on the final day with four bogeys and six birdies, none bigger than on Nos. 13 and 14, which allowed him to take a three-shot lead. Another short birdie putt on 17 gave Spieth a victory in his second consecutive AJGA start, after capturing the Ping Invitational in October. It was his fourth career invitational title.
Proveaux, playing his first event since winning the Polo Junior Classic in November, shot 65 in the opening round but couldn’t maintain that pace. The Clemson commit closed with rounds of 71-74 to post his second career runner-up finish on the AJGA. Wyndham Clark finished solo third at 214.
“I thought it’d be awesome to win back-to-back tournaments, but I just didn’t have it today,” Proveaux said. “I had a few stretches where I was back in it, but Jordan pulled away when I made a mistake. It was a lot of fun; I just hope to do a little better next time.”
The HP Boys was an extension of Spieth’s good play in 2011: He came close to winning the Jones Cup earlier this month, but three-putted from 40 feet on the final hole, then lost to LSU senior John Peterson on the first playoff hole.
Information from the AJGA was used in this report.