• Bez, Erik join Louis with US Open spots

    Louis Oosthuizen
    Louis Oosthuizen

    The field for the 120th U.S. Open Championship, to be played September 17-20 at historic Winged Foot Golf Club, in Mamaroneck will have a different look, thanks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Covid-19 forced the USGA to conduct the championship without any qualifying. The entire 144-player field will be comprised of golfers who earn their spot via a number of exemption categories.

    As it stands Oosthuizen is joined by Erik van Rooyen and Christiaan Bezuidenhout in the field. The latter were exempt thanks to their current world ranking which is well below the 70 cut off limit.

    Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last 10 years (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)

    From the 2019 U.S. Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place:

    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 Championship:

    Steve Stricker

    Winner of the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship:

    Andy Ogletree

    Winners of the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships, and the 2019 U.S. Amateur runner-up (must be an amateur):

    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 of America Championship from 2015-2020:

    2020: To be played Aug. 6-9
    Brooks Koepka (2019)
    Brooks Koepka (2018)
    Justin Thomas (2017)
    Jimmy Walker (2016)
    Jason Day (2015)

    Winners of The Open Championship the last five years (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:

    2020: Not contested
    Rory McIlroy (2019)
    Webb Simpson (2018)

    Winner of the 2019 European BMW Championship:

    Danny Willett

    Those players qualifying 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 Simpson

    Winner of 2019 The Amateur Championship (must be an amateur):

    James Sugrue

    Winner of the 2019 Mark H. McCormack Medal (Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking; must be an amateur):

    Cole Hammer

    From Week 11 (March 15, 2020) of the Official World Golf Ranking, 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)

    Exemptions to follow:

    The top two players, not otherwise exempt, in the top 10 and ties of the 2020 the Memorial Tournament, 3M Open, 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 FedExCup 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 who 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 Series beginning with the Albertsons Boise Open and ending with the Korn Ferry Tour Championship, the top five point leaders who are otherwise not exempt:

    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 three 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 Ranking 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, 2020.

    Blank entries will be filed by the USGA for players who become exempt after close of entries. Players who become exempt after the close of entries will be contacted individually by the USGA and will be required to complete a championship application at that time.

    For ties where two players have the same ranking in the OWGR, the spot(s) in the championship proper will be determined by the highest-ranking points earned from each players’ current record of counting events. If a tie still exists, the spot(s) will be determined by the second highest points earned, the third highest, and so on until the tie is decided. If a tie still exists, the spot(s) will be determined by lot.

    Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

    Article written by