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September 23, 2013

Rookie Spieth passes Miller, Trevino in career earnings

Jordan Spieth
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Having started the 2013 season with no status, 20-year-old rookie Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic, made nearly $4 million, finished seventh in the FedEx Cup and -- as Golf Week's Adam Schupak pointed out -- has already "leapfrogged" two World Golf Hall of Fame inductees in career earnings.

Spieth's runner-up finish in the Tour Championship at East Lake moved him past Johnny Miller and Lee Trevino, who turned pro in 1969 and 1960 respectively, on the all-time money list.

"Does it make you mad that in his first year he has beaten you on the all-time money list?" Golf Channel commentator Terry Gannon jokingly asked Miller.

"Back then we played for peanuts," Miller replied. "Maybe some popcorn every now and then."

Spieth, who has repeatedly said that his only goal was "just to get on Tour next season," has already accomplished so much more. He will become the youngest American ever to play in the Presidents Cup when he tees off at Muirfield Village in October.

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