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Qualifiers for all 2024 Signature Events, THE PLAYERS and majors

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    Written by Rob Bolton @RobBoltonGolf

    Given the construct of the field at The Genesis Invitational, the chance that the champion was going to need a victory to qualify for one or more majors this year was slim. Lo and behold, majority ruled.

    Hideki Matsuyama roared home with a bogey-free, 9-under 62 at The Riviera Country Club to take the title by three strokes. As the winner of the Masters in 2021, he’s exempt into that major for life. The Masters victory also exempts him into the other three majors through 2026, so Sunday’s win has no impact on that subset of playing opportunities.

    Also, Matsuyama already was set for starts in all Signature Events and THE PLAYERS Championship this season. So, the official effect of his ninth career PGA TOUR title is that it extends his membership through his age-36 season of 2028.

    Earlier on Sunday, the season-opening tournament on the Asian Tour doubled as a stop in the Open Qualifying Series [OQS]. The top three who made the cut, not otherwise exempt into The Open Championship, would qualify for the major.

    David Puig of Spain prevailed by two over South Korea’s Jeunghun Wang at The Mines Resort & Golf Club, so both secured an exemption. (Incidentally, The Mines hosted the first three editions of the CIMB Classic, which was an official PGA TOUR event from 2010-2018.)

    Thailand’s Denwit David Boriboonsub and John Catlin of the United States shared third place, but the last exemption goes to Boriboonsub because his Official World Golf Ranking of 417th was better than Catlin’s (513th) entering the tournament. However, should any of the three qualify for The Open via another criterion before May 30, Catlin will join the field of 156 at Royal Troon as the alternate from this OQS.

    Since the previous edition of Qualifiers, the USGA announced its series of local and final qualifying for the U.S. Open. There were no surprises. A total of 13 sites on two days have been added to REMAINING QUALIFYING CRITERIA beneath the alphabetical list below.

    UPDATE (Feb. 21): Augusta National Golf Club announced today that three international players have been extended special invitations to compete in the Masters.

    Ryo Hisatsune, Joaquin Niemann and Thorbjørn Olesen now are exempt into the first major of the year.

    This will mark the debut in any major for the 21-year-old Hisatsune. The current PGA TOUR rookie from Japan was the DP World Tour Rookie of the Year in 2023.

    Niemann has been a regular in all majors since the 2020 PGA Championship. Overall, he’s 12-for-19 in the series but the 25-year-old from Chile still is chasing his first top-15 finish.

    Olesen of Denmark will be making his fourth appearance at Augusta National. A T6 in his debut in 2013 not only is his best result in three tries at the Masters, but it’s also a career-best finish in 24 starts in all majors.

    NOTE: Exempt players and remaining qualifying criteria for the majors will be added once the governing bodies release that information. However, most if not all traditional criteria are expected to be honored.

    NOTE: Golfers are omitted if they recently haven’t competed in majors for which they are eligible (e.g., The Open Championship=Justin Leonard).

    SE = All Signature Events
    TPC = THE PLAYERS Championship
    MAS = Masters
    PGA = PGA Championship
    US = U.S. Open
    OPEN = The Open Championship

    Recent Additions
    SE -- none
    TPC -- none
    MAS -- Ryo Hisatsune; Joaquin Niemann; Thorbjørn Olesen
    PGA -- none
    US -- none
    OPEN -- Denwit David Boriboonsub; David Puig; Jeunghun Wang

    Tyson AlexanderTPC
    Byeong Hun AnSE, TPC
    Ludvig ÅbergTPC, MAS
    Aaron BaddeleyTPC
    Christiaan BezuidenhoutTPC
    Akshay BhatiaTPC
    Zac BlairTPC
    Denwit David Boriboonsub^OPEN
    Dan Bradbury^OPEN
    Keegan BradleySE, TPC, MAS
    Joseph BramlettTPC
    Hayden BuckleyTPC
    Dean Burmester^OPEN
    Sam BurnsSE, TPC, MAS
    Patrick CantlaySE, TPC, MAS
    Wyndham ClarkSE, TPC, MAS
    Eric ColeSE, TPC, MAS
    Corey ConnersSE, TPC, MAS
    Fred CouplesMAS
    Joel DahmenTPC
    Cam DavisSE, TPC, MAS
    Jason DaySE, TPC, MAS
    Santiago de la FuenteMAS (must remain an amateur to compete)
    Bryson DeChambeauMAS
    Thomas DetryTPC
    Tyler DuncanTPC
    Nick DunlapSE, TPC, MAS
    Nico EchavarriaTPC
    Austin EckroatTPC
    Harris EnglishSE, TPC, MAS
    Darren Fichardt^OPEN
    Tony FinauSE, TPC, MAS
    Matt FitzpatrickSE, TPC, MAS
    Tommy FleetwoodSE, TPC, MAS
    Rickie FowlerSE, TPC, MAS
    Ryan FoxMAS
    Sergio GarciaMAS
    Doug GhimTPC
    Lucas GloverSE, TPC, MAS
    Will GordonTPC
    Ben GriffinTPC
    Emiliano GrilloSE, TPC, MAS
    Chesson HadleyTPC
    Adam HadwinSE, TPC, MAS
    Stewart HagestadMAS (must remain an amateur to compete)
    Harry HallTPC
    Nick HardyTPC
    Brian HarmanSE, TPC, MAS
    Tyrrell HattonMAS
    Mike HendryOPEN
    Russell HenleySE, TPC, MAS
    Garrick HiggoTPC
    Daniel HillierOPEN
    Ryo HisatsuneMAS, OPEN
    Lee HodgesSE, TPC, MAS
    Tom HogeSE, TPC
    Nicolai HøjgaardMAS
    Max HomaSE, TPC, MAS
    Billy HorschelTPC
    Rikuya Hoshino^OPEN
    Beau HosslerTPC
    Viktor HovlandSE, TPC, MAS
    Mark HubbardTPC
    Mackenzie HughesSE, TPC
    Sungjae ImSE, TPC, MAS
    Stephan JaegerTPC
    Dustin JohnsonMAS
    Zach JohnsonMAS
    Michael KimTPC
    S.H. KimTPC
    Si Woo KimSE, TPC, MAS
    Tom KimSE, TPC, MAS
    Chris KirkSE, TPC, MAS
    Kurt KitayamaSE, TPC, MAS
    Brooks KoepkaMAS
    Ben KohlesTPC
    Matt KucharTPC
    Martin LairdTPC
    Christo LamprechtMAS (must remain an amateur to compete)
    Romain LangasqueOPEN
    Bernhard LangerMAS
    Nate LashleyTPC
    Thriston LawrenceOPEN
    K.H. LeeTPC
    Min Woo LeeMAS, OPEN
    David LingmerthTPC
    David LipskyTPC
    Luke ListTPC, MAS
    Justin LowerTPC
    Shane LowryTPC, MAS
    Robert MacIntyreOPEN
    Peter MalnatiTPC
    Ben MartinTPC
    Hideki MatsuyamaSE, TPC, MAS
    Denny McCarthySE, TPC, MAS
    Rory McIlroySE, TPC, MAS
    Maverick McNealyTPC
    Adrian MeronkMAS, OPEN
    Troy MerrittTPC
    Phil MickelsonMAS
    Keith MitchellTPC
    Francesco MolinariTPC
    Taylor MontgomeryTPC
    Ryan MooreTPC
    Taylor MooreSE, TPC, MAS
    Collin MorikawaSE, TPC, MAS
    Grayson MurraySE, TPC, MAS
    Matt NeSmithTPC
    Joaquin NiemannMAS, ^OPEN
    Alex NorenTPC
    Vincent NorrmanTPC
    Andrew NovakTPC
    José Maria OlazábalMAS
    Thorbjørn OlesenMAS
    Matthieu PavonSE, TPC, MAS
    Taylor PendrithTPC
    J.T. PostonSE, TPC, MAS
    Seamus PowerSE, TPC
    David Puig^OPEN
    Andrew PutnamSE, TPC
    Jon RahmMAS
    Aaron RaiTPC
    Chad RameyTPC
    Chez ReavieTPC
    Patrick ReedMAS
    Davis RileyTPC
    Patrick RodgersSE, TPC
    Justin RoseSE, TPC, MAS
    Sam RyderTPC
    Xander SchauffeleSE, TPC, MAS
    Scottie SchefflerSE, TPC, MAS
    Adam SchenkSE, TPC, MAS
    Matti SchmidTPC
    Charl SchwartzelMAS
    Adam ScottTPC, MAS, ^OPEN
    Shubhankar SharmaOPEN
    Robby SheltonTPC
    Neal ShipleyMAS (must remain an amateur to compete)
    Greyson SiggTPC
    Webb SimpsonTPC
    Vijay SinghMAS
    Alex SmalleyTPC
    Cameron SmithMAS, OPEN
    J.J. SpaunTPC
    Jordan SpiethSE, TPC, MAS
    Scott StallingsTPC
    Sam StevensTPC
    Sepp StrakaSE, TPC, MAS
    Kevin StreelmanTPC
    Steve StrickerTPC
    Jasper StubbsMAS, OPEN (must remain an amateur to compete in both)
    Justin SuhTPC
    Adam SvenssonSE, TPC
    Callum TarrenTPC
    Ben TaylorTPC
    Nick TaylorSE, TPC, MAS
    Sahith TheegalaSE, TPC, MAS
    Justin ThomasTPC, MAS
    Davis ThompsonTPC
    Brendon ToddSE, TPC
    Erik van RooyenTPC, MAS
    Camilo VillegasTPC, MAS
    Matt WallaceTPC
    Jeunghun Wang^OPEN
    Bubba WatsonMAS
    Mike WeirMAS
    Danny WillettTPC, MAS
    Gary WoodlandTPC, MAS
    Tiger WoodsTPC, MAS
    Brandon WuTPC
    Dylan WuTPC
    Cameron YoungSE, TPC, MAS
    Carson YoungTPC
    Kevin YuTPC
    Carl YuanTPC
    Will ZalatorisMAS


    Criteria are listed in chronological order where possible. Best estimates are given but all are subject to change.


    • The Genesis Invitational (Feb. 15-18
    • Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard (March 7-10)
    • RBC Heritage (April 18-21)
    • Wells Fargo Championship (May 9-12)
    • Memorial Tournament presented by Workday (June 6-9)
    • Travelers Championship (June 20-23)

    THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP (TPC) at TPC Sawgrass (Stadium) – March 14-17

    • Winners of PGA TOUR events thru the final week before THE PLAYERS.
    • Top 10 in the FedExCup at the conclusion of The Classic in the Palm Beaches (March 3).
    • Top 50 of Official World Golf Ranking (March 4).
    • If necessary to complete the field of 144, golfers outside the Top 10 in the FedExCup at the conclusion of The Classic in The Palm Beaches on March 3 will gain entry in order of position.

    MASTERS (MAS) at Augusta National Golf Club – April 11-14

    • Winners of PGA TOUR events that award full FedExCup points allocation for the TOUR Championship.
    • Top 50 of Official World Golf Ranking (April 1).

    PGA CHAMPIONSHIP (PGA) at Valhalla Golf Club – May 16-19

    • TBD

    U.S. OPEN (US) at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (No. 2) – June 13-16

    • Final qualifying at one site in Japan (May 20).
    • Final qualifying at one site in England (May 20).
    • Final qualifying at one site in Texas (May 20).
    • Final qualifying at one site in Canada (June 3).
    • Final qualifying at nine sites in the United States (June 3).

    THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP (OPEN) at Royal Troon – July 18-21
    ^ - If a golfer who earns this exemption qualifies via another criterion before May 30, this exemption will be extended to the next eligible golfer from the same tournament and not otherwise exempt into The Open.

    • ^Top player, not otherwise exempt, who makes the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard (March 10).
    • ^Top three, not otherwise exempt, who make the cut at the Mizuno Open (May 26).
    • Top 3, not otherwise exempt, who make the cut at the RBC Canadian Open (June 2).
    • Top player, not otherwise exempt, who makes the cut at the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday (June 9).
    • Top 2, not otherwise exempt, who make the cut at the KOLON Korea Open (June 23).
    • Top 2, not otherwise exempt, who make the cut at the KLM Open (June 23).
    • Top 2, not otherwise exempt, who make the cut at the Italian Open (June 30).
    • Final Qualifying. Top 4 at each of four sites: Burnham & Berrow, Dundonald Links, Royal Cinque Ports, West Lancashire (July 2).
    • Top 2, not otherwise exempt, who make the cut at the John Deere Classic (July 7).
    • Top 3, not otherwise exempt, who make the cut at the Genesis Scottish Open (July 14).

    Rob Bolton is a Golfbet columnist for the PGA TOUR. The Chicagoland native has been playing fantasy golf since 1994, so he was just waiting for the Internet to catch up with him. Follow Rob Bolton on Twitter.

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