At 16 years old, Jordan Spieth made his first PGA Tour appearance in the 2010 Byron Nelson Championship. The future three-time major champion impressed and finished tied for 16th at 4-under.
Just a high schooler at the time, Spieth earned a sponsor exemption to participate in the tournament. That approved exemption could be credited to a letter to he wrote to tournament organizers months earlier.
As Spieth returns to the Byron Nelson this weekend, that letter was released. Spieth sold both his love of golf, his accomplishments and personal connection to the event in hopes of getting the exemption.
Spieth detailed his memory of interacting with Phil Mickelson before a shot and wanted to create similar memories for other kids. He wrote:
I would really like to be considered for a sponsor exemption to play in the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship. As a Dallas native, I have dreamed of playing in this event ever since my dad took me to watch when I was 8. I can remember Phil Mickelson hitting a ball right at us on #2 just left of the green. The ball landed about 10 feet in front of us in the left rough. Phil approached us and asked me if the ball he spotted was his. I told him yes and my dad asked if we needed to move. He said, “no, but please stay very still while I hit the shot.” We did and he pitched it right next to the cup for an easy tap in save. Phil turned and smiled at us and said “thanks for being so still.” That was the closest I’d ever been to see a PGA pro hit a shot, and it has stuck with me ever since. Now I want to create similar memories for other kids who may one day love the game like I do.
You can read the full letter below.
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