BETHESDA, Md. — With four top-10 finishes on the season, Jordan Spieth has been giving the impression that he’s ready to win any time.
That time might be now, this week at the AT&T National, just a little under a month before he hits the 20s.
The 19-year-old Texan is tied for the 36-hole lead at Congressional C.C. with Roberto Castro at 7 under par. The Saturday trio with Castro and Andres Romero will be a test for Spieth, who has a share of the 36-hole lead in a PGA Tour event for the first time.
If Spieth can finish the weekend atop the leaderboard and win his first PGA Tour event this weekend, he would become the fourth-youngest winner in PGA Tour history.
Youngest Winners on the PGA Tour
19 years, 4 days, Harry Cooper, 1923 Galveston Open
19 years, 8 months, 3 days, Ralph Guldahl, 1931 Santa Monica Open
19 years, 10 months, 14 days, Johnny McDermott, 1911 U.S. Open
19 years, 11 months, 3 days, Jordan Spieth, 2013 AT&T National*
Spieth, ranked No. 147 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking, is already well on his way to earning a PGA Tour card for 2013. His T-7 finish at Colonial in May locked up Special Temporary Status on the PGA Tour, allotting him the opportunity to take unlimited sponsor’s exemptions through the end of the year — precisely how he got into this tournament.
Spieth has essentially locked up his PGA Tour card for 2014, but is in a bit of limbo unless he wins. He can continue to play PGA Tour events, that is, until the FedEx Cup playoffs. His season will end there, barring a W between now and The Barclays. For the youngster, then, that’s the only goal left for him to attain in 2013.
“Honestly, I’m kind of free swinging, though,” Spieth said Friday. “I’ve gotten in a position where I can play a pretty full schedule this year, and I know I’ll have my card for next year. Now all there is left to do is try and get a win to make the playoffs. That’s the only way I can make the playoffs this year. So I’m just going out there trying to win and being aggressive, and hopefully it will work out for me.”