Spieth, 16, to play in HP Byron Nelson

Updated: January 25, 2010, 6:44 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

Jordan Spieth, the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion, has accepted an exemption to play in the PGA Tour's HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Spieth, a 16-year-old junior at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, is the event's first amateur exemption since 1995. He also finished second in the Junior PGA Championship last year and was named the Rolex Junior Player of the Year by the American Junior Golf Association.

He currently is ranked No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings.

"We are delighted that Jordan will make his first PGA Tour start at our championship here in his hometown," event chairman George Conant said. "We try to provide opportunities to young players that we believe will be future stars, and there's no doubt that Jordan Spieth fits that mold."

The only previous amateur exemptions granted by the tournament were to Trip Kuehne (1995), Justin Leonard (1993) and Tiger Woods (1993).

The HP Byron Nelson Championship will be held at the TPC Four Seasons Resort and Club Las Colinas in Irving, Texas on May 19-23.

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