First Job Out of College
Torrey, Pebble and Romo – yes Jordan Spieth’s first month as a professional was truly memorable
As told to Art Stricklin
Note: Before Dallas’ Jordan Spieth embarked on his first month in his much-anticipated pro career, AVIDGOLFER asked him to keep a diary of his thoughts, highlights and observations of his first two pro events in San Diego and Pebble Beach. Special thanks to Spieth’s agent, Jay Danzi, and others who filled in some of the details on what should be a fun ride for North Texas’ next hopeful PGA Tour star.
Turning pro is something I’ve wanted to do for most of my life and thought about since I was in high school. So my first month was certainly an interesting one. Getting to spend most of the month in California wasn’t bad either because of the weather and the courses.
You only turn pro once, so my time at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was good. I made the cut once with a tie for 22nd at Pebble Beach, but it was not as successful as I would have liked.
Since turning pro before Christmas, I’ve worked with my agent Jay Danzi about when I would make my pro debut. I knew I had a sponsor’s exemption to the AT&T Pebble Beach and in Puerto Rico, and I thought I would try to Monday qualify at some other events.
I went through a pre-qualifying tournament for the Farmers at El Camino Country Club outside of San Diego on Jan. 17 and shot 66 to make it to Monday qualifying. Early Monday morning I found out from Jay that I was given an exemption to play that week at the Farmers, so I was officially in my first event as a pro golfer.
Because I was already signed up for Monday qualifying and was ready to go, I went ahead and tried to qualify. First, that would have saved one of the seven sponsor exemptions I can get this year and it would have also saved the tournament a spot they could have given to someone else.
Even though I missed qualifying by two shots, I knew I was in and was very excited for my first pro event. I hadn’t played in a competitive event since the last round of second stage Q-School last fall, so I had plenty of rust to shake off. Everybody has to start somewhere and I was ready to get going.
Because I was a late addition to the tournament field in San Diego, I wasn’t in any of the pro-ams, meaning I had plenty of time to practice. On Tuesday of tournament week, we had an all-North Texas practice round with me, Justin Leonard, Paul Haley and Martin Flores at Torrey Pines. I really appreciate how those guys were going out of their way to be nice to me and welcome me on the Tour.