Michael Tothe, Colonial tournament director, announced the latest additions to the field today. Both players were added through a vote of past Colonial champions, who select two promising newcomers each year to compete for the first time in Fort Worth as sponsor’s exemptions.
Spieth, 19, was a finalist for the 2012 Ben Hogan Award and has earned $662,398 in seven PGA Tour events this season, including a tie for second at the Puerto Rico Open. Spieth has posted three top-10 finishes at tour events since March 10 while competing under a special temporary membership.
Corpening, 28, is a Colonial member and Fort Worth Paschal High School graduate who played college golf at TCU. Corpening, who competes on the Web.com Tour, will be making his PGA Tour debut at Colonial. He has made the cut in all four events he has entered this season on the Web.com Tour, with his best finish a tie for 22nd at the Chile Classic on March 10. Corpening has earned $11,873 on the Web.com Tour this season.
Spieth, who helped lead Texas to the 2012 national championship in his lone college season, tied for ninth in Sunday’s final round at the RBC Heritage and also is committed to play in the HP Byron Nelson Championship, May 13-19 in Irving. Spieth made his PGA Tour debut as an amateur at the 2010 Nelson, where he finished in a tie for 16th while competing as a 16-year-old.
_ Jimmy Burch