In four starts as a pro, Jon Rahm has finished in the top three twice. Rahm’s great start to his pro career has earned him Special Temporary Membership on the PGA Tour.
With his T-2 finish at the RBC Canadian Open, Rahm scored 208 non-member FedEx Cup points, enough to put him past No. 150 in points (361) on the 2014-15 final regular season points list. Once a non-member meets that standard, a player can accept Special Temporary Membership through the end of the season, allowing them to take unlimited sponsor exemptions in an effort to earn PGA Tour membership for next season.
Rahm, who finished T-3 in his pro debut, has accrued 382 non-member FedEx Cup points. If his total would have landed him inside the top 125 in the final regular season standings, he will earn membership. He can also earn membership by earning enough in non-member money to finish inside the top 125 on the money list. Rahm’s current point tally would put him 131st on the FedEx Cup points list, while his $868,008 in money would rank him 104th among members.
The Spaniard, who played his college golf at Arizona State University, is likely to become the first player since Bud Cauley in 2011 to earn a PGA Tour card fresh out of college. He’d become just the sixth player ever to do it.
Rahm joins Byeong Hun An as the other current Special Temporary Member.
Special Temporary Members are not eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs. However, if Rahm wins a PGA Tour event between now and the start of the playoffs, Rahm would become a full member and have his current non-member FedEx Cup points counted toward the FedEx Cup playoff ranking.