Tournament officials announced the exemption today, making Scheffler one of the earliest commitments in tournament history. Scheffler, 17, is a senior at Highland Park High School and will be following in the footsteps of Jordan Spieth, who has earned more than $2 million during his rookie season on the 2013 PGA Tour.
Spieth, who turned 20 on July 27, made his tour debut at the 2010 Nelson while competing as a junior in high school. Spieth, then 16, tied for 16th while still a student at Dallas Jesuit.
Nelson officials have a long history of inviting teens participants, including Tiger Woods (1993) and Sergio Garcia (1999) during the early stages of their careers and Chinese standout Guan Tianglang, 14, at last year’s event.
“Mr. Nelson always encouraged us to keep an eye out for young talent and reward them with opportunities like this,” said Patton Chapman, tournament chairman for the 2014 Nelson. “Scheffler definitely fits this mold and we’re looking forward to watching him compete at the highest level.”
_ Jimmy Burch