Spieth to play first fall event in US

Jordan Spieth will play his first ever PGA Tour fall tournament next month in Las Vegas, after failing to meet the tour’s minimum number of events last season.

Spieth fell short of the minimum 25 starts in PGA events last season after failing to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship.

That made him eligible for a fine and penalty under tour rules, although tour officials said last month that a resolution had been found “that’s going to be a win for our tournaments, our fans and golf in general”.

The unspecified resolution may be responsible for Spieth’s announcement on Tuesday that he will play in next months’ Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin.

“I’m really excited to be playing,” Spieth said. “The event has been on my radar for a while, as the course has a great reputation on tour and I absolutely love the affiliation with the hospital. It’s going to be a really fun week in a great city.”

Spieth, 25, had only previously taken part in fall events overseas, playing in the WGC HSBC Champions in China from 2013-15.

He won the Australian Open and the Hero World Challenge in November 2014, before going on to win five tournaments in 2015.