When the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of traditional qualifiers, the U.S. Open began to establish a number of exemption categories to assemble a 144-player field that reflects the competitive background of contestants who have played in recent U.S. Open championships.
Here is the list of players who have already earned the opportunity to compete Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club along with exemptions that will be filled in the coming weeks:
Winners of the U.S. Open from 2010-19
Gary Woodland (2019); Brooks Koepka (2018); Brooks Koepka (2017); Dustin Johnson (2016); Jordan Spieth (2015); Martin Kaymer (2014); Justin Rose (2013); Webb Simpson (2012); Rory McIlroy (2011); Graeme McDowell (2010).
Lowest 10 scores and ties from the 2019 U.S. Open
Gary Woodland; Brooks Koepka; Xander Schauffele; Jon Rahm; Chez Reavie; Justin Rose; Adam Scott; Louis Oosthuizen; Henrik Stenson; Chesson Hadley; Rory McIlroy.
Winner of the 2019 U.S. Senior Open
Winner of the 2019 U.S. Amateur
Winners of the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur and the 2019 U.S. Amateur runner-up
Preston Summerhays (U.S. Junior Amateur); Lukas Michel (U.S. Mid-Amateur); John Augenstein (U.S. Amateur runner-up).
Winners of the Masters Tournament from 2016-2019
Tiger Woods (2019); Patrick Reed (2018); Sergio Garcia (2017); Danny Willett (2016).
Winners of the PGA Championship from 2015-2020
2020: TBD; Brooks Koepka (2019 and 2018); Justin Thomas (2017); Jimmy Walker (2016); Jason Day (2015).
Winners of The British Open Championship from 2015-19
Shane Lowry (2019); Francesco Molinari (2018); Jordan Spieth (2017); Henrik Stenson (2016); Zach Johnson (2015).
Winners of The Players Championship from 2018-2020:
Rory McIlroy (2019); Webb Simpson (2018).
Winner of the 2019 European BMW Championship
Players who qualified for the season-ending 2019 Tour Championship:
Rory McIlroy; Xander Schauffele; Justin Thomas; Brooks Koepka; Paul Casey; Adam Scott; Tony Finau; Chez Reavie; Patrick Reed; Kevin Kisner; Hideki Matsuyama; Bryson DeChambeau; Jon Rahm; Jason Kokrak; Gary Woodland; Tommy Fleetwood; Webb Simpson; Matt Kuchar; Sungjae Im; Rickie Fowler; Louis Oosthuizen; Abraham Ancer; Patrick Cantlay; Marc Leishman; Brandt Snedeker; Justin Rose; Corey Conners; Charles Howell III; Dustin Johnson; Lucas Glover.
Multiple winners of PGA Tour events that award full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship, from the conclusion of the 2019 U.S. Open to the initiation of the 2020 U.S. Open
Justin Thomas; Rory McIlroy; Patrick Reed; Webb Simpso.n
Winner of 2019 British Amateur Championship
Winner of the 2019 Mark H. McCormack Medal
From Week 11 (March 15, 2020) of the Official World Golf Rankings, the top 70 points leaders and ties
Rory McIlroy (1); Jon Rahm (2); Brooks Koepka (3); Justin Thomas (4); Dustin Johnson (5); Adam Scott (6); Patrick Reed (T-7); Patrick Cantlay (T-7); Webb Simpson (9); Tommy Fleetwood (10); Tiger Woods (11); Xander Schauffele (12); Bryson DeChambeau (13); Justin Rose (14); Marc Leishman (15); Tony Finau (16); Matt Kuchar (17); Gary Woodland (18); Louis Oosthuizen (19); Shane Lowry (20); Tyrrell Hatton (21); Hideki Matsuyama (22); Sungjae Im (23); Paul Casey (24); Matthew Fitzpatrick (25); Bernd Wiesberger (26); Rickie Fowler (27); Francesco Molinari (28); Abraham Ancer (29); Kevin Na (30); Lee Westwood (31); Henrik Stenson (32); Danny Willett (33); Billy Horschel (34); Cameron Smith (35); Kevin Kisner (36); Chez Reavie (37); Sergio Garcia (38); Jazz Janewattananond (39); Victor Perez (40); Shugo Imahira (41); Erik van Rooyen (42); Matt Wallace (43); Collin Morikawa (44); Scottie Scheffler (45); Rafa Cabrera Bello (46); Christian Bezuidenhout (47); Brandt Snedeker (48); Graeme McDowell (49); Byeong-Hun An (50); Jason Day (51); Sunghoon Kang (52); Bubba Watson (53); Brendon Todd (54); Adam Hadwin (55); Jordan Spieth (56); Viktor Hovland (57); Ian Poulter (58); Tom Lewis (59); Shaun Norris (60); Phil Mickelson (61); Andrew Putnam (T-62); Keegan Bradley (T-62); Lucas Herbert (64); Eddie Pepperell (65); Corey Conners (66); Robert MacIntyre (67); Kurt Kitayama (68); Chan Kim (69); Joel Dahmen (70).
Also to be exempt:
The top two players, not otherwise exempt, in the top 10 and ties of the 2020 The Memorial, 3M Championship, WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Barracuda Championship and Wyndham Championship, and the top three players, not otherwise exempt, in the top 10 and ties of the 2020 PGA Championship.
From the 2019-20 FedEx Cup Final Points List, the top five players, not otherwise exempt.
From the first five events on the 2020 European Tour’s UK Swing (Betfred British Masters through the Wales Open), the top 10 aggregate points earners that are otherwise not exempt.
From the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour Regular Season Points List, the top five point leaders who are otherwise not exempt through the WinCo Foods Portland Open.
From the three-event 2020 Korn Ferry Tour Finals, the top five point leaders who are otherwise not exempt through the Korn Ferry Tour Championship.
From the 2019 Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO) Final Order of Merit, the top two finishers who are not otherwise exempt as of July 15.
From the 2019 Sunshine Tour Final Order of Merit, the top finisher who is not otherwise exempt as of July 15.
From the 2019 Asian Tour Final Order of Merit, the top finisher who is not otherwise exempt as of July 15.
From the 2019 Australasia Tour Final Order of Merit, the top finisher who is not otherwise exempt as of July 15.
From the 2020 PGA Professional Championship, the top 3 finishers who are not otherwise exempt.
From the August 19, 2020 World Amateur Golf Ranking/WAGR, the top seven ranked players not otherwise exempt.
Special exemptions as selected by the USGA.
Remaining spots in the championship field will be filled in order using the Official World Golf Rankings as of Aug. 23, 2020. Once the field is set, the USGA will compile an alternate list for the championship using the OWGR as of Aug. 23.
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