Spieth to compete in Q-School as an amateur


University of Texas standout Jordan Spieth will take his one and only shot this fall at getting through to the PGA Tour from 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 'Morning Drive.' '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 secondary 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 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, which won this year’s national championship. 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, whom he edged for low amateur at the U.S. Open, is more mature than most players his age.

'You saw him out there (at The Olympic Club), 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.'