May 27, 2016
FORT WORTH, Texas – After a strong start to his professional career, Bryson DeChambeau has officially hit a rough patch.
DeChambeau dazzled during his self-described internship this spring, capping it with low amateur honors at the Masters. He carried that momentum into his first professional start at the RBC Heritage, where he tied for fourth and took a big step toward securing his PGA Tour card.
But since then, Dechambeau has come up empty. He is 3 over through 36 holes at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational and is projected to miss the cut by at least one shot. It marks his fourth straight missed cut after similar early exits in San Antonio, Charlotte and Dallas.
DeChambeau declined a request for an interview after a second-round 73 that included only one birdie.
Despite the recent struggles, DeChambeau will still have plenty of chances to earn his card for either this season or next. He received one of two “champions’ choice” sponsor exemptions this week at Colonial Country Club, an important distinction because it means his appearance didn’t count against his single-season limit of seven sponsor exemptions.
His upcoming exemptions into the Memorial and Quicken Loans National, both tied to his U.S. Amateur triumph last year, also don’t count against his allotment of seven invites, meaning he still has four exemptions left at his disposal.
DeChambeau earned 123 FedEx Cup points from his finish at Harbour Town. He needs 361 points to earn special temporary membership, which would allow him to receive unlimited sponsor invites, and he needs 458 points to secure a PGA Tour card for the 2016-17 season.