Highland Park golfer gets Nelson exemption

Does the HP Byron Nelson Championship have another Jordan Spieth on its hands?

U.S. Junior Amateur champion Scottie Scheffler, a 17-year-old senior at Highland Park High School, has accepted a sponsor's exemption into the 2014 Nelson.

Like Spieth, a winner on the PGA Tour a few weeks ago and a two-time U.S. Junior Amateur champion who first played in the Nelson at age 16, Scheffler will get the chance to play in the event as a teenager. He also won the Class 4A state title for a second straight year in May and led Highland Park to a team title.

“Mr. Nelson always encouraged us to keep an eye out for young talent and reward them with opportunities like this,” Patton Chapman, chairman of the 2014 Nelson, said in a release. “Scheffler definitely fits this mold, and we’re looking forward to watching him compete at the highest level.”

Scheffler is No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings and has verbally committed to play at the University of Texas after he graduates (something else he has in common with Spieth).

The 2014 HP Byron Nelson Championship will be played May 12-18 at TPC Four Seasons Resort Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.