Jon Rahm's first event as a professional came up just short of a victory, but his impressive debut was not short on what it brought his way.
Rahm earned $400,200 at the Quicken Loans National last weekend, as well as 162 potential FedEx Cup points. (Potential because he does not technically earn them until he becomes a PGA Tour member). For a beginner and, more importantly, non-member of the PGA Tour, those earnings have pushed him far along the path of Jordan Spieth’s 2013 footsteps.
It was during that 2013 season that Spieth earned his way onto the PGA Tour by earning enough money to receive special temporary membership. Four months later, he was a Tour winner. That's exactly what the likes of Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Niebrugge and other young pros are trying to do this season.
Niebrugge turned pro alongside Rahm at the Quicken Loans National last weekend and afterwards discussed the process of trying to earn that Tour membership on the GOLF.com Podcast. After missing the cut at the Quicken Loans National, Niebrugge's next and likely most important event will take place at Royal Troon with the British Open. He discusses that event and trying to replicate Spieth’s success in the podcast below.