Spieth announces decision to turn professional


Standout sophomore Jordan Spieth has decided to forgo his remaining eligibility and turn professional, the University of Texas announced.

'The decision to turn pro was a difficult one, but I'm looking forward to the challenge at the highest level and accomplishing the many goals I've set for myself on and off the course,' said Spieth, 19, who won a national championship with the Longhorns during his freshman season this spring.

The low amateur at this year's U.S. Open, Spieth earned First Team All-American honors this year in addition to being named Big XII Conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year for 2012. Spieth, who contended as a 16-year-old at the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Championship before finishing T-16, has made the cut in six of eight career starts in professional events. He failed to advance past the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School last month.

'Jordan Spieth is a remarkable young man,' said Texas men's golf coach John Fields. 'Though he is leaving early, he has left a positive, indelible mark on the University of Texas and our program.'

Spieth has been among the top-ranked amateur golfers for the last three years, ascending to the Royal & Ancient's No. 1 world amateur ranking earlier this year, and along with Tiger Woods is one of only two golfers to have ever won the U.S. Junior Amateur title twice (2009, 2011). He now embarks upon a professional career in hopes of joining Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite and Justin Leonard among the group of former Longhorns with major championships to their name.