With the 2020 field finalised and ready to go, we take a look at how the qualification process works
How To Qualify For The US Open
The big names will have mostly been granted exemptions (the criteria can be seen below) but the rest of the field will be made up of players who qualified in a variety of different ways.
The USGA was forced to cancel most of its tournaments this year barring the US Open, US Women’s Open, US Amateur and US Women’s Amateur and unfortunately those four events did not feature any qualifying because, as the USGA says, “conducting hundreds of qualifiers across the country was not seen as a viable option.”
This means that the US Open field has been assembled by exemptions only, essentially turning the event into ‘invitational’ as oppose to ‘open’.
The US Open usually has local qualifying events before final Sectional Qualifying, which is hosted at 15 sites including Walton Heath in Surrey as well as Japan, Canada and all across the USA.
Of course because of these cancellations, the USGA had to adopt several new measures of which we have detailed below.
Full exemptions are given to golfers who meet any of the criteria below:
1) Winner of the U.S. Open in the last 10 years
2) Players who finished in the top-10 in the 2019 U.S. Open
3. Winner of the 2019 U.S. Senior Open Championship
4) Winner of the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship
5) Winners of 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur, and Runner-up of the 2019 U.S. Amateur.
6) Winners of the Masters tournament from 2016-2019
7) Winners of the PGA Championship from 2015-2020
8) Winners of the Open Championship the last five years (2015-2019)
9) Winner of the Players Championship from 2018-2020
10) Winner of the 2019 BMW PGA Championship
11) Those players qualifying for the 2019 Tour Championship
12) Winners of multiple full-point PGA Tour events from the 2019 U.S. Open to the originally scheduled date of the 2020 U.S. Open
13) Winner of the 2019 Amateur Championship
14) Winner of the 2019 Mark H. McCormack Medal
15) Top 70 players in the official World Golf Rankings as of March 15, 2020
16) Top 2 Players, not otherwise exempt, in the top 10 and ties of The Memorial, 3M Open, WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Barracuda Championship and Wyndham Championship, and the top 3 players, not otherwise exempt, in the top 10 of the 2020 PGA Championship
17) From the 2019-2020 FedExCup Final Points List, the top 5 players, not otherwise exempt
18) From the first five events on the 2020 European Tour’s UK Swing, the top 10 aggregate points leaders
19) The top 5 points leaders on the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour Regular Season Points List
20) From the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour Series, the top five points leaders
21) From the 2019 Japan Golf Tour Organisation Final Order of Merit, the top 2 finishers
22) From the 2020 Sunshine Tour Final Order of Merit, the top finisher
23) From the 2019 Asian Tour Final Order of Merit, the top finisher
24) From the 2019 Australasia Tour Final Order of Merit, the top finisher
25) From the 2019 PGA Professional Player of the Year Standings, the top three points leaders
26) From the Aug. 19, 2020 World Amateur Golf Ranking, the top seven ranked players not otherwise exempt
27) Remaining spots in the championship field filled in order using the Official World Golf Ranking as of Aug. 23
28) Special exemptions as selected by the USGA
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