Friday, May 21, 2010

Weekend of the 16-year-olds

On Friday, a pair of teenagers made a little history in North Carolina and Texas.

First, 16-year-old Grayson Murray became the second youngest golfer to make the cut at a Nationwide Tour event.

Also, Jordan Spieth became the sixth youngest golfer to make the cut at a PGA Tour event.

From what I read about Spieth, the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion, he is at 4-under after two holes in the third round of the HP Byron Nelson Classic in Irving, Texas. That puts Spieth tied for 22nd.

As for Murray, I didn't have to read about him. I witnessed most of his miraculous run of birdies on the back nine Friday at TPC Wakefield in the Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh.

He birdied five of the last seven holes to for a 66 on the day, good enough for 3-under in the tournament. The final cut line, which had been at 2-under all day, eventually went to 3-under, and Murray was in for the weekend.

So far today, Murray is 1-over after nine holes and is tied for 57th at 2-under.

This has been a whirlwind month for Murray, a long hitter from Raleigh. Two weeks ago, sophomore at Leesville Road High School, won the state 4-A individual championship. Then, he earned a spot in the Nationwide event by winning the Rex Hospital Junior Invitational. He played in a U.S. Open qualifier on Monday.

And then he came to TPC Wakefield Thursday, where he scrambled to a 2-over 73 on the first day. After 11 holes on the second day, it looked as if Murray's wild golf ride was over for awhile - especially after he three-putted the 11th.

But he got mad and told his caddie that he was going to birdie out the round. Well, almost. Five out of seven ain't bad.

And it was good enough to keep him in the tournament.

Photos: Top, Jordan Spieth; bottom Grayson Murray

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