Spieth extended return invite to Byron Nelson
Thursday, February 24, 2011
After a breakout performance last spring, Jordan Spieth has been invited back to play the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Championship. The event will be held May 26-29 at TPC Las Colinas, less than 30 minutes from Spieth’s home in Dallas.
Spieth, the No. 2-ranked junior in Golfweek’s rankings, tied for 16th last year in becoming the sixth-youngest player to make the cut at a PGA Tour event. He will play for the University of Texas in the fall.
Spieth, 17, remains one of the game’s rising stars, and earlier this week won the HP Boys Championship in Houston in his final AJGA start. The 2009 U.S. Junior champion recently lost in a playoff at the Jones Cup Invitational, and he is vying for a spot on the U.S. Walker Cup team.
Last year at the Nelson, Spieth shot rounds of 68-69 to make the cut, then moved within three strokes of the lead on the back nine Sunday before dropping into a share of 16th. A few weeks later, he missed the cut by one at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis.
Spieth is one of three juniors in the class of 2011 to make the cut at a PGA Tour event. Justin Thomas was the first, when he tied for 78th at the 2009 Wyndham Championship, and Anthony Paolucci recently played the weekend at Torrey Pines, finishing in a tie for 29th.