One of the great things about the PGA Tour is the fact that there is always new blood trying to make an impact and make a name for themselves. It seems as if every year there are a handful of up-and-coming golfers that could be the next big thing. Rarely does that pan out, however. For every Tiger Woods there are several Anthony Kim’s – golfers that, despite immense talent, can’t cut it for one reason or another.
One of the young golfers presently looking to make a move towards the Tiger Woods side and away from the Anthony Kim career is Jordan Spieth. The 19 year old has it all. He has plenty of game. He has charisma and confidence that manages to not come across cocky or condescending.
Spieth has already won enough cash on the Tour to qualify for a special temporary membership for 2013. He’s still looking to secure his card for 2014. A tie for seventh at the Tampa Bay Championship and a second place finish at the Puerto Rico Open has him well on his way to full status for 2014. At this rate he may get his full card for part of the 2013 season.
“I still haven’t earned my card for next year, that’s still first and foremost on my mind,’’ said Spieth. “With the change in the schedule, the shortening of the schedule, there’s no set amount of money that I know I’m going to have to make.”
He knows that even if he secures a Tour card that he has a long way to go and refuses to rest on his laurels. That’s rare for a kid his age. Most teenagers would be ecstatic to be in his position and could be complacent. Not Spieth. It’s making him work even harder. That is what is likely to set him apart from his peers and propel him to success.