Jordan Spieth won the Masters last week. Everybody knows this. Afterward, he made the media rounds, rocking the green jacket everywhere like a champ. Then he made an interesting announcement.
He will play this week’s RBC Heritage at Harbor Town in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
It surprised some, as he could have easily taken some time off to enjoy the win and rest from an intense Florida –> Texas –> Masters run. But no, he’s playing and he announced that firmly.
Why is he playing? Well, in 2013 he turned professional with no status on the PGA Tour. This means he didn’t have privileges to play in your every weekend PGA Tour event, so he had to rely on sponsor’s exemptions to occasionally play with the big boys.
Well, RBC Heritage gave him a sponsor’s exemption to play at Harbor Town that year; he finished top-10, propelling him towards full PGA Tour status, PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, and a Presidents Cup Captain’s selection, all of which he earned later that year.
So, of course skipping this week’s event didn’t cross Jordan Spieth’s mind. They gave him a sponsor’s exemption as a fresh pro looking to make it, he commits to their tournament as the reigning Masters Champion.