Bryson DeChambeau makes his pro debut Thursday in Hilton Head. Now, the clock is ticking.
There are multiple avenues for DeChambeau to earn PGA Tour status for next season.
As a non-member, the 22-year-old can receive a maximum of seven sponsor exemptions. That’s why he’s in the field for this week’s RBC Heritage, as well as next week’s Valero Texas Open, and the Wells Fargo, Byron Nelson and Colonial next month. As the reigning U.S. Amateur champion, he is also exempt into the Memorial and Quicken Loans National, and those starts will not count against his seven. If DeChambeau finishes in the top 10 in a tournament, he is automatically entered into the following week’s event and it does not count against his total.
DeChambeau needs 361 points – the equivalent of 150th on last year’s FedEx Cup points list – to earn special temporary status on Tour, which would allow him to receive an unlimited number of sponsor exemptions for the rest of the season.
If he reaches that threshold, he is playing for points or money equal to or greater than 125th in this year’s standings to earn exempt status for next season. That number is still a moving target, but for the sake of comparison, last year's No. 125 had 458 points or $747,899 in earnings.
At the very least, DeChambeau needs to earn enough points to finish inside the top 200 to reach the Web.com Tour Finals at the end of the year. That guarantees at least some status on the developmental circuit next year, with an opportunity, if he plays well, to earn a PGA Tour card.
DeChambeau is coming off a tie for 21st at last week's Masters. He has made the cut in his past seven events.