After Strong Start, Bryson DeChambeau Being Passed by Jon Rahm

August 3, 2016

Bryson DeChambeau tied for fourth in his professional debut at Hilton Head in April, and it appeared he would be a lock to go straight from college to the PGA Tour and earning a full card.

Instead, that honor might go to Jon Rahm of Arizona State.

He waited until after the U.S. Open to turn pro, and the Spaniard tied for third in his pro debut at the Quicken Loans National. Then, he tied for second at the RBC Canadian Open two weeks ago. He has yet to miss a PGA Tour cut in four starts as a pro. Rahm made the cut in four of the five PGA Tour events he played in college.

The high finishes over the last six weeks enabled him to take special temporary membership, making him eligible for unlimited sponsor exemptions. That’s not a big deal because only three tournaments are left.

Rahm is playing the Travelers Championship this week, and he is likely to finish the equivalent of top 125 on the money list to earn a full PGA Tour card. The last player to do that was Bud Cauley in 2011.

Even if he gets his card, Rahm would not be eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs unless he wins, which would make him a PGA Tour member immediately.

DeChambeau, meanwhile, still has work to do for him to avoid the Tour Finals. He missed four straight cuts after his tie for fourth, and only once has finished in the top 20. He also is playing the Travelers Championship.