JORDAN SPIETH ACCEPTS EXEMPTION TO PLAY IN HP BYRON NELSON CHAMPIONSHIP

Irving, TX, Feb. 24, 2011 – The Salesmanship Club of Dallas announced today that Dallas amateur Jordan Spieth has accepted a sponsor exemption to play in the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Spieth will return to the TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas where he made national headlines in 2010. After making the cut in the 2010 Nelson, Spieth went on to finish T16, which is the best amateur finish on record in the tournament’s 43-year history. 

“Jordan added a great energy to the tournament last year,” said 2011 tournament chairman John Beckert. “And he certainly proved that he could compete at this level.  I’m sure everyone will be interested to see how he follows that up on the course this year.” 

Spieth is currently ranked No. 2 on the Polo Golf Rankings, with his most recent American Junior Golf Association victory recorded this week at the 2011 HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods. Spieth, who was the 2009 U.S. Junior Amateur Champion, led the 2010 U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team to victory by winning all three of his matches. Spieth also claimed a win at the 2010 Ping Invitational. 

The 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship will be played Memorial Day weekend, May 23-29, at the TPC Four Seasons Resort and Club Las Colinas in Irving.