AT&T Byron Nelson, Round 1

Paola Ditto
Mag 16, 2018

Jordan Spieth's letter as a fresh-faced 16-year-old asking for a sponsor exemption to the 2010 Byron Nelson Championship has been revealed by the tournament hosts ahead of this week's event.

But amateur exemptions were rare, particularly for schoolboys, and he crafted the letter carefully with the help of his father and others.

"Now I wish to create comparable reminiscences for different children who could someday love the sport like I do", he wrote.

He also mentioned his friend Justin Thomas, who made the cut at the 2009 Wyndham Championship, one of the youngest ever to do so.

On top of that, Spieth is one of the few players familiar with the tournament's new venue, Trinity Forest, a Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw design that's being hailed as a modern masterpiece.

"I missed the call but I knew I was going to get a call either way that week and so I went out in the courtyard, it was like the middle of the day in February, sometime in February and I called them back and they said that I was going to get the exemption". I think I practiced past dark that night.

Spieth went on to the College of Texas earlier than turning professional in 2012.

It was not so long ago that three-time major victor Jordan Spieth, 24, was trying to make his way into a PGA Tour event.

Spieth, who lives in a home previously owned by fellow Tour star Hunter Mahan in Dallas, is a daily at Trinity Forest and admits he rides golfboards - like surfboards on wheels - with music blaring as he performs the course with mates.

"I don't walk when I'm not on Tour so golfboards are great", added Spieth.

"It is good for tempo of play and so we sometimes exit with 4, 5 guys all on golfboards and simply cruise round and, you already know, in three and a half hours with a five-some and it is a blast. By the third or fourth hole you get the hang of it".

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