Bryson DeChambeau – T4
After an incredible Masters performance, ending as the best amateur in one of the biggest events in golf, Bryson DeChambeau turned pro. He signed with Cobra Puma Golf and entered into his pro debut at the RBC Heritage confident and ready to take on his new career.
You never know what to expect from a golfer who turns pro, even after an amazing amateur career. Bryson DeChambeau, the 22-year-old who likes to be called “the golf scientist”, made his professional debut by knocking out the competition and coming in T-4, leaving him only 4 strokes behind the leader.
I bet DeChambeau is celebrating the same way Andrew Johnston is..
Now how does this professional debut compare to the front runners of golf? Let’s take a look.
Tiger Woods – T60
Woods made his professional debut in 1996 at the Greater Milwaukee Open, which has since been discontinued on tour. He finished T-60 and made only $2,544 at 20-years-old.
If Tiger finished in 60th place, and went on to be one of the greatest golfers ever, what does that say about Bryson? Looks pretty good for him, doesn’t it.
Rory McIlroy – T42
McIlroy turned professional after making the cut at the Open Championship and featuring for Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup in 2007.
He started off his career strong at the 2007 British Masters, making a 69 in the first round. Rory ended up making too many bogeys and was left 17 shots behind eventual winner Lee Westwood.
Jordan Spieth – MC
Jordan Spieth was 16 when he made his professional debut in 2013. He had already attended numerous PGA Tour events and majors, finishing as the low amateur at the 2012 U.S. Open.
His debut was literally cut short at the Farmer’s Insurance Open when he didn’t make the cut, shooting a 72 and 73 that weekend. Tiger Wood’s claimed that title, making it the first of five that season.
Jason Day – T67
When Jason Day made his professional debut, it didn’t look so great for the current World No. 1.
He was invited to the 2009 John Deere Classic where he came in tied for 67th place, eventually collecting $8,200 in prize money for finishing 16 strokes behind the leader. Although he made 5 cuts out of his 6 starts, he was unable to secure his full playing card for the following year and ended up playing on the Web.com Tour.
Fellow Cobra Puma Golfer Rickie Fowler had already made two Walker Cup appearances and spent time as world No 1 amateur before making the switch to becoming a pro.
His debut was not what many expected, missing the cut in 2009 at Web.com Tour’s Nationwide Tour Albertsons Boise Open. Although after that he added two top-seven finishes on the PGA Tour and a play-off defeat at Frys.com Open that helped him get his full playing card for the next year.
Basically, if Bryson DeChambeau does nothing else with his career, at least he’ll have this. He is the rockstar of professional debut’s and that’s something to be proud of.
Full career ahead!