Bryson DeChambeau resumes his pursuit of a PGA Tour card, and this much is clear.
There are perks for winning the U.S. Amateur.
Colonial will be his fifth PGA Tour event since turning pro, but he has used only three of the seven sponsor exemptions he is allowed as a non-tour member. And he has at least two more starts that won’t count as exemptions.
DeChambeau was one of the two players chosen by former Colonial champions (the other was Kramer Hickok). He gets in the Memorial and Quicken Loans as the U.S. Amateur champion, which has a provision that it doesn’t matter if he turns pro. The Texas Open didn’t count against his seven sponsor exemptions because he got in as a top 10 from the previous week (he tied for fourth at Hilton Head).
Non-tour members are allowed a maximum of 12 starts.
Depending on how the rest of the year goes, it’s possible DeChambeau could reach the limit of 12 before he uses all seven sponsor exemptions. That’s the advantage of winning the U.S. Amateur.
Meanwhile, he has the equivalent of 123 points in the FedEx Cup, and would need 361 points (150th place last year) to get unlimited exemptions the rest of the season.