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Spieth accepts Special Temporary Member status

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On the heels of his tie for seventh at the Tampa Bay Championship last week, Jordan Spieth has accepted Special Temporary Member status for the remainder of the season, the PGA Tour announced Friday.

Spieth has now accrued $521,893 in four starts this year, surpassing the earnings of the 150th-ranked player on the 2012 season-long money list ($474,295). As a result, the 19-year-old is now eligible for an unlimited number of sponsor's exemptions as he tries to earn his card for the 2013-14 season via the non-member money list or non-member FedEx Cup points list.

The former Texas standout has made the most of his opportunities thus far this season. After a missed cut at Torrey Pines and a tie for 22nd at Pebble Beach, Spieth tied for second at the Puerto Rico Open while playing on a sponsor's exemption. That top-10 finish got him a spot in the field at Innisbrook, where he earned another top-10 finish that granted him an exemption into next week's Shell Houston Open.