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Spieth not slowing down, focused on earning card

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HUMBLE, Texas – Just because Jordan Spieth has special temporary membership on the PGA Tour for the remainder of this season, don’t expect him to start slowing down.

“I still haven't earned my card for next year; that's still first and foremost on my mind,” he said Wednesday in advance of the Shell Houston Open. “With the change in the schedule, the shortening of the schedule, there's no set amount of money that I know I'm going to have to make. “I have other goals that have now come up for this year, but that's still first and foremost and I'm not going to relax. Even if I know that I accomplished that, there's still a long way to go. You still want move up in the world ranking, get in all the top events.”

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In four starts so far this year, the 19-year-old has three finishes of 22nd or better, including a share of second at the Puerto Rico Open and seventh at the Tampa Bay Championship. Those results have netted $521,893, allowing him status for this year with no limitation on sponsor’s exemptions.

“It's definitely a relief,” he explained. “I never would have thought that I'd be building a PGA Tour schedule this year. I thought I would be playing the Tour the whole year. Wanted to get off to a good start there. Yeah, it's a dream come true right now. It's interesting to sit down with my team and start picking out a possible schedule. It was different. I was a little shocked.”

Spieth said he has already learned plenty about life in the big leagues, both from veteran peers and his own experiences.

“A lot of it is off the course, learning how to travel, where to get your sleep, how to stay in shape on the road,” he continued. “The longest stretch I've played in a row was two weeks. I did that one time in my life. So playing four weeks in a row, there was a lot to learn and just talking to some guys, older guys and even some of the younger guys on Tour that have adapted in the past year, you know, I've been able to learn about what to do. I've only had one little tournament stretch experience now, so I'm about to get into the thick of things and hopefully win a lot more.”