Jordan Spieth began the season without status on any tour. He ends it by going to the Presidents Cup.
Fred Couples used his captain's picks Wednesday on the 20-year-old Spieth and Webb Simpson to fill out his 12-man U.S. team, making Spieth the youngest American to play in the Presidents Cup since it began in 1994.
"I'm just super stoked," Spieth said.
Nick Price used his picks on Brendon de Jonge and Marc Leishman as the International team tries to win for only the second time in 10 tries.
The matches are Oct. 3-6 at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.
Spieth was starting his sophomore year at Texas a year ago when he decided to turn pro at the end of 2012, even though he failed to get out of the second stage of PGA Tour qualifying and was not a member of any tour.
He played well enough to earn special temporary status on the PGA Tour, won the John Deere Classic in July and lost in a playoff last month at the Wyndham Championship.
"I'm going with the young guy," said Couples, who was also captain in 2009 and 2011. "To pick Jordan was the right move."
By taking the rookie, Couples left Jim Furyk off a U.S. team for the first time since the 1997 Ryder Cup.
Simpson was inside the top 10 over the two-year qualifying process until the final hole at the Deutsche Bank Championship, when Zach Johnson made a 25-foot birdie putt at the TPC Boston to move into the 10th spot by what amounted to $5,715 in tour earnings.
Other U.S. members are Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Bill Haas, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker and Steve Stricker.
Price's team also consists of Angel Cabrera, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Graham DeLaet, Hideki Matsuyama, Ernie Els, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Richard Sterne.