A little over a year ago, Gordon was playing for Vanderbilt, where he was once the SEC player of the year. On Sunday, he faced the best players in the game, taking advantage of a sponsor’s championship exemption. Gordon played his way into the mix with a second-round 62, and he finished with a 64 which gave him a share of third place with Mackenzie Hughes.
In addition to a six-figure salary, Gordon’s finish earned him a special temporary membership on the PGA Tour. He has had some success in other league starts this season, including a T-10 at the RSM Classic and a T-21 at the Farmers Insurance Open.
“I knew that something in the top five might have a chance,” said Gordon. “I knew that the higher the better, so I watched the rankings arrive. I knew if I went up there, T-1, T-2 at the end of the 18 holes, I could finish in the first three. ”
STM status now means that the 23-year-old can accept unlimited invitations from sponsors for the rest of the season as he seeks to win a PGA Tour card for the 2020-21 season. With the Korn Ferry Tour in an enveloping season until 2021 and the finals of Korn Ferry and Q-School both canceled, Gordon’s path to the main stage for next year is narrow: he must earn as many points FedExCup non-members than anyone who finishes # 125 on the points list this season.
He’s a bit of a moving target, but Gordon now has 296 non-member points to his credit. This would currently rank him 79th on the Tour, sandwiched between Kevin Kisner and Matthew Fitzpatrick.