Former Texas golfer Jordan Spieth has gone on to become one of the biggest sensations on the PGA Tour in quite some time since he turned professional in 2012
The Dallas, Texas native won on tour at the age of 19, took home a green jacket at the age of 21, and has already posted three major victories at the age of 24 in his young professional career.
Long before his playing days on both The Forty Acres and on tour, however, a talented young Spieth had to go the extra mile in earning what some may call his big-break: The chance to play in a PGA Tour event as a high schooler, right in his backyard.
The PGA Tour posted a letter on Monday that Spieth wrote at the age of 16 in 2010 to Byron Nelson tournament chairman George Conant — expressing his desire and playing credentials to have a spot in the annual tournament that takes place in May in the Dallas-area.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 14, 2018
Call the Dallas-Jesuit school product a dreamer back then if you want, but sure enough, Spieth earned the opportunity to play in the Byron Nelson tournament that spring. The result — a remarkable finish of a tie for 16th place.
And little did golf fans around the world know that his impressive showing at the TPC Four Season Las Colinas that May was just the beginning of many great things to come.
Eight years later, Spieth is back in the Byron Nelson Tournament once again, which began earlier on Thursday. As of this year, the event is now held at Trinity Forest Golf Club southeast of downtown Dallas, a club which Spieth is a member at. But despite the change of location, the event will always hold a special place for Spieth as long as it is held in the DFW Metroplex.
Spieth was at even par through the first four holes of the event on Thursday. He is seeking his first PGA Tour win of 2018, and after missing the cut at the Byron Nelson a year ago, the course change might just be a bit welcoming news to one of golf’s biggest names.