If Bryson DeChambeau is going to earn his Tour card and become a PGA Tour member this season, the time is now.
The 22-year-old pro is approaching the end of his PGA Tour card chase and has just three sponsor’s exemptions left to his name, per Tour rules. Right now, DeChambeau has made $460,048 in PGA Tour events this season, which would put him in 146th place on the money list if he were a Tour member.
In order to earn his Tour card for next season, DeChambeau will need to finish the season inside of the top 125. For reference, last year’s 125th-ranked player earned $747,899. That means DeChambeau is a few hundred thousand dollars short of the number he’ll likely need to reach. DeChambeau seemed well on his way to earning Tour status after his first event as a professional, the RBC Heritage, where he finished tied for fourth. He would follow it up by missing the cut in four consecutive tournaments.
A pair of top 10 performances or one top 3 finish would likely provide the money jump DeChambeau would need, but few events remain at his disposal. He did not qualify for the PGA Championship, so after using his fifth sponsor’s exemption at the Canadian Open this weekend, will have just two remaining in a Tour schedule that offers just three options: Travelers Championship, John Deere Classic and Wyndham Championship.
A top 10 finish automatically qualifies a player for the next PGA Tour event, excluding majors and World Golf Championships, so DeChambeau’s schedule could possibly include four more events.
In the end, if the 2015 U.S. Amateur champ is unable to earn enough winnings to reach the top 125 on the money list, he will be able to continue his chase in the Web.com Tour Finals, which take place in September opposite the FedEx Cup Playoffs.