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Nick Dunlap to accept PGA Tour membership, starting at Pebble Beach

To turn pro or not to turn pro. That is the question for Nick Dunlap

The first amateur to win on the PGA Tour since Phil Mickelson in 1991 has decided to take his game to the next level full-time.

Nick Dunlap, who won the American Express by holing a putt on the 72nd hole, announced on Thursday that he’s officially becoming a member of the PGA Tour.

The University of Alabama star is exempt on the Tour through the 2026 season, and exempt into the remaining seven signature events this season, several of which are limited-field, no-cut events with purses of at least $20 million.

“If you had told me that I had the opportunity to live out my dream as a 20-year-old, it’s pretty surreal. But it’s also scary. There’s a lot of changes and (Alabama) coach (Jay) Seawell has been gracious enough and I’m gonna continue to live here and hang out with the guys and, and at least live out some of my college life the rest of this year.

“It’s an incredible opportunity and you know, very grateful for it.”

Dunlap, who dropped out of the field at this week’s Farmers Insurance Open after receiving a sponsor exemption, said he’ll start his career at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, which runs from Feb. 1-4.


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