While Jon Rahm wasn't able to secure a breakthrough win in his first start as a professional, he still managed to earn a trip across the Atlantic.
Rahm shot an even-par 70 in the final round of the Quicken Loans National to finish in a tie for third, four shots behind Billy Hurley III. It was an impressive debut for a player who just one week ago earned low amateur honors at the U.S. Open, and it's one position better than Bryson DeChambeau fared, as DeChambeau finished T-4 in his pro debut at the RBC Heritage in April.
In addition to a sizeable paycheck, Rahm also earned one of four spots in the Open Championship available to top finishers this week at Congressional Country Club. The other three berths in the season's third major went to Hurley, runner-up Vijay Singh and Harold Varner III, who finished seventh.
Rahm had originally earned an exemption into the Open as the recipient of the McCormack Medal as the world's top amateur, but he forfeited that exemption by turning professional earlier this week.
Rahm and Varner will both be making their Open Championship debuts. Rahm's first major start came at Oakmont, while Varner's lone prior major experience came at the 2013 U.S. Open.
Hurley will be making his second Open start, and first since a T-64 finish at Royal Liverpool in 2014. Singh, meanwhile, will be making his 25th Open appearance but first since missing the cut at Muirfield in 2013.
Twelve spots are up for grabs at final qualifying on Tuesday in Great Britain, while one spot will go to the top finisher not otherwise exempt at next week's Barracuda Championship.
Four spots will also be handed out to top finishers at both the Alstom Open de France and Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on the European Tour.