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Rahm inches closer to Tour card after runner-up

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While he turned pro only a few weeks ago, Jon Rahm is making up for lost time.

Formerly the world's top-ranked amateur, Rahm tied for second at the RBC Canadian Open following a closing 67 that left him one shot behind Jhonattan Vegas. It marks the Spaniard's second top-3 finish in only four starts as a professional, and it means Rahm has essentially clinched a PGA Tour card for next season.

"I played a very good two rounds, first one and today," said Rahm, who missed a 10-foot eagle putt on No. 18 that would have ultimately forced a playoff. "The other two weren't so great, but I still had a chance to win. So I'm hoping one day to be able to put four rounds together and get a win."

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The result earned Rahm 208 non-member FedEx Cup points, bringing his season-long total to 382 points. That total secures him special temporary membership (STM), which will grant him unlimited sponsor invites for the remainder of the season.

Per a PGA Tour media official, once Rahm accepts STM status he will need to equal or surpass No. 125 in this season's FedEx Cup point race or money list to earn his card for next season. While he's still short of the FedEx Cup points needed to pull off that feat last season - 458 points - his $886,008 in earnings is already more than the $747,899 required to crack the top 125 in earnings last season.

Rahm's top-10 finish at Glen Abbey doesn't get him into the PGA Championship, but it does mean he won't have to use a sponsor invite at the Travelers Championship. After that, his final two chances to accrue points and money will come at the John Deere Classic and the Wyndham Championship.

"I'm halfway through the exemptions that I have, three more tournaments, and I'm really close," Rahm said. "I just need to keep playing the way I am and hopefully get it done."

Should Rahm fail to secure his Tour card via the regular-season FedEx Cup points or money race, he'll still have a chance to do so at the four-event Tour Finals this fall.