(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Except for the size and noise level of the crowd, and the significance of the stage, the moment was reminiscent of 17-year-old Justin Rose chipping in on the final hole at Royal Birkdale in 1998 to tie for fourth in the British Open.
This was much more valuable for 19-year-old Jordan Spieth.
He needed a birdie on one of his final two holes in the Tampa Bay Championship to complete an amazing trip through four countries in four weeks and essentially lock up a spot on the PGA Tour for the rest of the year. His ball was in the rough to the right of the 17th green. With a smooth swing, Spieth produced a flop shot that came out pure and rolled into the cup for birdie.
''That was as loud as it gets,'' Spieth said. ''Hair on the back of your neck stands up.''
He followed with a 7-foot par putt on the 18th, a rapid-fire pump of the fists and a tie for seventh that was worth $148,893, pushing his PGA Tour earnings to $521,893 for the...