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DeChambeau receives exemption to RBC Heritage

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Bryson DeChambeau has accepted a sponsor exemption to next month's RBC Heritage, an event that could mark his first start as a professional.

Last summer DeChambeau became just the fifth player to win both the NCAA individual title and U.S. Amateur, joining an elite list that includes the likes of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. With SMU serving a postseason ban this year, DeChambeau opted to forgo his senior season to instead play in a myriad of global events as an amateur.

That worldwide circuit that DeChambeau has jokingly referred to as his "internship" has gone relatively well, with the 22-year-old making the cut in each of his last five starts. It's a run that includes three straight made cuts on the European Tour's Desert swing, highlighted by a T-18 finish at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

DeChambeau has earned a spot in the Masters by virtue of his U.S. Amateur win, but he is expected to turn pro shortly thereafter. As a PGA Tour non-member, he will be able to receive up to seven sponsor exemptions as he looks to earn status for next season, one of which he will use next week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He already has spots clinched at the Memorial Tournament and Quicken Loans National by virtue of his win last summer at Olympia Fields.

The RBC Heritage will be held April 14-17 in Hilton Head, S.C.