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Texas prep star makes cut

IRVING, Texas — Jordan Spieth, a high school junior from Dallas, says his teachers aren't happy with him this week.

First, he cut classes to play in the Byron Nelson Championship, the first high-schooler to take on the pros in this event since Tiger Woods in 1993. Then, the gallery following him Friday kept growing as his success did.

Spieth, 16, shot 3-under 137 through two rounds to become the sixth-youngest to make the cut at a PGA Tour event. (Woods didn't make the cut in '93.)

"I'm in shock right now," said Spieth (pronounced SPEEth), who last week won a state prep title and last summer won the U.S. Junior Amateur. He is in the event on a sponsor's exemption.

"I'm extremely pleased with how the week has gone so far. Hopefully I can make a run at the top of the leaderboard the next two days."

At the top of the leaderboard were Cameron Beckman and tour rookie Blake Adams at 10-under 130, one shot ahead of first round co-leader Jason Day.

Beckman turned around his weather-delayed opening round with a pair of birdies for 69, then tied the TPC Four Seasons course record with 61 in the second round. Adams, 34, had six birdies on his way to a second-round 64.

LPGA: Michelle Wie easily advanced to the round of 16 in the Sybase Match Play Championship, beating Hee Young Park 5 and 4 in Gladstone, N.J. Top seed Jiyai Shin also advanced. Beatriz Recari followed her first-round win over 2006 winner Brittany Lincicome of Seminole with a 2-and-1 decision over fellow Spaniard Azahara Munoz.

Nationwide: Raleigh, N.C., high school sophomore Grayson Murray, 16, shot 66 for 3-under 139 and made the cut at the Rex Hospital Open in his hometown, becoming the second-youngest to make the cut on tour. Gipper Finau was the youngest, at 16 years, 20 days, at a 2006 event.

Texas prep star makes cut 05/21/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 21, 2010 10:48pm]
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