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He took care of the rest on Sunday. The special temporary membership means Spieth can take unlimited exemptions the rest of the season, and that should be no trouble. He already is committed to play three times in Texas _ the Houston Open, Texas Open and Byron Nelson _ and more exemptions are sure to follow.

Spieth has all the trappings of a future star, though the real measure will be over the course of a year instead of a month. Success at this level is all about consistency and learning how to cope with failure. There’s still a long way to go.

But what a start.

“He’s a great kid, obviously very mature,” Leonard said. “I can’t imagine being out there. I don’t even know how old he is _ 19? I can’t imagine being out here at 19 and to do what he’s done. He hasn’t just driven a couple hundred miles. He’s been to three or four different countries this year already. It’s pretty remarkable. It’s beyond the game and what happens on the golf course. He’s handling himself very, very well.”

In a much broader context, Spieth is another reminder that there was too much hang-wringing over the change in how to get to the big leagues. Starting this year, no tour cards are awarded at Q-school, only a spot on the Tour. It took away the instant path to the PGA Tour, and the complaint was that it required even the best college players to spend a year in the minor leagues.

But it can be done. Good play goes a long way.

Ben Kohles last year graduated from Virginia, turned pro and won twice in a row on the Tour to assure himself a spot on the PGA Tour. Luke Guthrie finished up at Illinois and did well enough in a partial Tour season to earn his card. He played in the final group at the Honda Classic this year.

Spieth had no status anywhere, but he has finished in the top 10 in four straight weeks and already has earned just over $572,000 this year.

“At the beginning of the year, when you know that you only get seven unrestricted exemptions _ first of all, it’s hard to get seven tournaments in, let alone make enough money to get your card _ to be able to do it in really three events … I never would have guessed that I would get in this quickly,” Spieth said. “I feel in control and I know what it’s like to be in contention in a tour event. I just want to get back and get a win now.”

He finished too late on Sunday to make his flight home to Dallas. He was still excited Sunday night, so instead of going to bed, he got together with his father, his caddie and his agent for a late-night game of poker. They didn’t have poker chips, so they used M&Ms.

Spieth wound up the winner. No taking candy from this baby.