AUSTIN (KXAN) - Jordan Spieth was voted the Professional Golfers’ Association’s rookie of the year.
The 20-year-old Dallas-native began the year with no status on any tour.
He won the John Deere Classic, lost in a playoff at another event, reached the Tour Championship, was chosen for the Presidents Cup team and wound up 10th on the money list with nearly $4 million.
The former Longhorn left the University of Texas in 2012 as a sophomore to join the PGA. During his college career, he was named Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
His achievements have continued to add up since he began his professional.
Texas Sports called 2013 his “breakout year.”
In “The Jordan Spieth,” they highlight his career:
- Nine top-10 finishes in 23 events -- tied for best on tour with past FedEx Cup winners Bill Haas and Brandt Snedeker
- Selected by Fred Couples to President's Cup team
- Rookie of the Year
- Finished seventh in FedEx Cup
- Finished year ranked No. 21 in the World Golf Rankings (started the year at 1,097)
- Finished 10th on money list with over $3.8 million
- Started season in Web.com tour only playing on sponsor exemptions
- Ninth in scoring average (69.70)
- Tied for second for amount of eagles (13)
- Played in US, Puerto Rico, Panama and Colombia this year (Panama and Colombia on the Web.com Tour)
His accomplishments will not stop there.
He will be the youngest American - and first PGA Tour rookie - to play in the Presidents Cup next week in Ohio.
"I don't know if it's a 'pinch me' moment yet," Spieth said. "I think my mind is still really on next week."
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