University of Texas standout Jordan Spieth will take his one and only shot this fall at getting through to the PGA Tour through Q-school.
"With making the cut at the U.S. Open, I'm exempted into the second stage of Q-school, so I'm going to enter in as an amateur this year and see what happens," Spieth said Friday on Golf Channel's "Morning Drive." "I think the experience will be worthwhile and, like you said, it's the last year. It'll be cool to see what happens, but it's a long process."
This is the last year Q-school will offer PGA Tour status. Beginning in 2013, Q-school will only offer status on the Web.com Tour, requiring a player to earn a PGA Tour card after a year on the circuit or by earning enough non-member FedEx Cup points to crack the top 125.
Former U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein entered Q-school last fall as an amateur, vowing to return to Oklahoma State for his senior season. After the experience, he turned pro instead.
If, for whatever reason, Spieth stays in Austin for his junior season, he will get to compete with 17-year-old Beau Hossler, who has already committed to the program. Spieth is excited about the prospect.
"I love Beau's game," he said. "I've known him for a couple of years now. We've been good buddies from junior golf and into me helping coach to try to recruit him to come to Texas."
Spieth said Hossler is wiser than his years.
"You saw him out there, he looked like he was a 40-year-old Tour player - boring, kind of shrugging off the nerves," he said. "Nothing like a 17-year-old should do."