2019 Qualifiers for majors, THE PLAYERS, WGCs
By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM
• Adam Long’s Twitter handle says it all. @aLongShot, indeed!
Thanks to a breakthrough victory at the Desert Classic in what was just his sixth career PGA TOUR start, Long is now exempt into THE PLAYERS, the first two majors of 2019 and the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. The PGA TOUR rookie will be making his debut in all of them. His only other appearance in an official event resulted in a missed cut at the 2011 U.S. Open.
• As Long chased down his coronation, Steve Marino was in pursuit of a spot in THE PLAYERS. Making his final start on a Major Medical Extension, he needed no worse than a solo second to fulfill its terms and snag a tee time at TPC Sawgrass for the TOUR’s flagship event. And darn it if he didn’t give it a spirited run. The veteran of 222 starts, 140 cuts made and eight figures in earnings started the final round at TPC Stadium Course at PGA WEST alone in fourth place. Alas, he closed with 2-over 74 to finish in a 10-way T18.
• Four exemptions into The Open Championship were determined at the SMBC Singapore Open on Sunday. Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond was awarded the first with a two-stroke victory. This is the second consecutive year that he’s gained entry into the major as one of the four qualifiers in Singapore. (He missed the cut at Carnoustie in 2018.)
Co-runner-up Yoshinori Fujimoto of Japan earned the second spot on Sunday with ease to book his second appearance in The Open Championship (T54, 2012). Nine strokes off Janewattananond’s pace and sharing fifth place to gobble the last two exemptions were Prom Meesawat and Doyeob Mun. The Big Dolphin of Thailand will be ending a seven-year hiatus since his debut in The Open Championship (MC, 2011), while the South Korean finished T61 in his only career PGA TOUR start at the CIMB Classic in October.
• Shane Lowry went wire-to-wire at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship to punch a ticket to the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. He won the 2015 edition of the WGC when it was contested at Firestone Country Club. It yielded PGA TOUR membership immediately, but FedExCup points collected in WGCs cannot be applied retroactively to non-members upon entry into them. The Irishman made only one start thereafter – he missed the cut at the PGA Championship – and finished 175th in the FedExCup.
• Álvaro Ortiz of Mexico prevailed by two strokes at the fifth annual Latin America Amateur Championship in Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic. He is now exempt into the Masters.
Ortiz, whose older brother is PGA TOUR member Carlos Ortiz, lost in a playoff in the 2017 LAAC and finished alone in second (by five strokes to Joaquin Niemann) in last year’s edition of the tournament. Because Niemann was the other playoff victim two years ago, the last two champions of the LAAC were runners-up in the previous year.
This was going to be Álvaro Ortiz’ last start as an amateur – he wrapped his collegiate career at the University of Arkansas in 2018 and, at 119th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, he’s easily Mexico’s best amateur – but his rise into the professional ranks is on ice for a while. Assuming he doesn’t turn pro before the Masters – he’d forfeit his exempt into the major if he did – the 23-year-old is guaranteed to end Mexico’s long drought at Augusta National Golf Club. Most recently, Victor Regalado made the second of his pair of appearances in 1979. He finished T31.
PGA TOUR members Abraham Ancer (57th in the Official World Golf Ranking), José de Jesús Rodríguez (343rd), Carlos Ortiz (347th) and Roberto Díaz (744th) aren’t yet qualified, but short of a win in a tournament distributing the full allocation of FedExCup points, if any are inside the top 50 of the OWGR at the conclusion of action around the globe on March 4, he’ll join Álvaro Ortiz in the Masters.
NOTE: Golfers are omitted if they recently haven’t competed in majors for which they are eligible (e.g. PGA Championship=Mark Brooks; Open Championship=Ben Curtis, Justin Leonard).
TPC = THE PLAYERS Championship
MAS = Masters
PGA = PGA Championship
US = U.S. Open
OPEN = Open Championship
MEX = WGC-Mexico Championship
MP = WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
SJI = WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
TPC -- Adam Long
MAS -- Adam Long; Álvaro Ortiz
PGA -- Adam Long
US -- none
OPEN -- Yoshinori Fujimoto; Jazz Janewattananond; Prom Meesawat; Doyeob Mun
MEX -- none
SJI -- Adam Long; Shane Lowry
|Byeong Hun An||TPC|
|Abraham Ancer||TPC, OPEN|
|Kiradech Aphirbarnrat||MAS, OPEN, MEX|
|Daniel Berger||TPC, PGA, US|
|Lucas Bjerregaard||MAS, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Alexander Björk||OPEN, MEX|
|Devon Bling||MAS, US (must remain an amateur to compete in both)|
|Keegan Bradley||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Rafa Cabrera Bello||TPC, MAS, PGA, OPEN|
|Patrick Cantlay||TPC, MAS, US, OPEN, MEX|
|Paul Casey||TPC, MAS, PGA*, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Cameron Champ||TPC, PGA|
|Kevin Chappell||TPC, OPEN|
|Stewart Cink||TPC, MAS, PGA, OPEN|
|John Daly||PGA, OPEN|
|Jason Day||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX|
|Bryson DeChambeau||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Jason Dufner||TPC, PGA|
|Tony Finau||TPC, MAS, PGA*, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Matthew Fitzpatrick||MAS, OPEN|
|Tommy Fleetwood||TPC, MAS, PGA*, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Rickie Fowler||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Sergio Garcia||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Lucas Glover||TPC, US|
|Branden Grace||TPC, MAS|
|Emiliano Grillo||TPC, MAS|
|Padraig Harrington||PGA, OPEN|
|Tyrrell Hatton||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Charley Hoffman||TPC, MAS|
|Billy Horschel||TPC, MAS, US, OPEN, MEX|
|Viktor Hovland||MAS, US, OPEN (must remain an amateur to compete in all)|
|Charles Howell III||TPC, MAS, PGA|
|Shugo Imahira||MAS, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Miguel Angel Jiménez||OPEN|
|Dustin Johnson||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Zach Johnson||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN|
|Takumi Kanaya||MAS, OPEN (must remain an amateur to compete in both)|
|Martin Kaymer||TPC, MAS, PGA, US|
|Michael Kim||TPC, MAS, PGA|
|Si Woo Kim||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN|
|Kevin Kisner||TPC, MAS, PGA, OPEN|
|Patton Kizzire||TPC, MAS, US, OPEN, MEX|
|Russell Knox||TPC, OPEN, MEX|
|Satoshi Kodaira||TPC, MAS|
|Brooks Koepka||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Matt Kuchar||TPC, MAS, PGA, OPEN, SJI|
|Andrew Landry||TPC, MAS|
|Marc Leishman||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Hao Tong Li||MAS, OPEN, MEX|
|Adam Long||TPC, MAS, PGA, SJI|
|Davis Love III||PGA|
|Shane Lowry||PGA, SJI|
|Hideki Matsuyama||TPC, MAS, US, OPEN, MEX|
|Rory McIlroy||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Jake McLeod||OPEN, MEX|
|Troy Merritt||TPC, PGA|
|Phil Mickelson||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Francesco Molinari||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Kevin Na||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX|
|Alex Noren||TPC, MAS, PGA*, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Shaun Norris||OPEN, MEX|
|Kevin O'Connell||MAS, US (must remain an amateur to compete in both)|
|José Maria Olazábal||MAS|
|Thorbjørn Olesen||MAS, PGA*, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Louis Oosthuizen||TPC, MAS, OPEN|
|Álvaro Ortiz||MAS (must remain an amateur to compete)|
|Eddie Pepperell||MAS, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Thomas Pieters||PGA, OPEN|
|Ted Potter, Jr.||TPC|
|Ian Poulter||TPC, MAS, PGA*, OPEN, SJI|
|Andrew Putnam||TPC, PGA|
|Jon Rahm||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Chez Reavie||TPC, PGA|
|Jovan Rebula||MAS, US (must remain an amateur to compete in both)|
|Patrick Reed||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Justin Rose||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Xander Schauffele||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Charl Schwartzel||TPC, MAS, OPEN|
|Adam Scott||TPC, MAS, PGA|
|Shubhankar Sharma||OPEN, MEX|
|Webb Simpson||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Vijay Singh||TPC, MAS, PGA|
|Cameron Smith||TPC, MAS, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Brandt Snedeker||TPC, MAS, PGA, SJI|
|Jordan Spieth||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, SJI|
|Kyle Stanley||TPC, MAS, US, OPEN, MEX|
|Henrik Stenson||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, SJI|
|Brandon Stone||PGA, OPEN|
|Justin Thomas||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Michael Thorbjornsen||US (must remain an amateur to compete)|
|David Toms||PGA, US|
|Kevin Tway||TPC, MAS, PGA, SJI|
|Erik van Rooyen||MEX|
|Harold Varner III||TPC|
|Jimmy Walker||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN|
|Matt Wallace||MAS, OPEN, MEX|
|Bubba Watson||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Lee Westwood||OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Danny Willett||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
|Aaron Wise||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX|
|Gary Woodland||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX|
|Tiger Woods||TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI|
REMAINING QUALIFYING CRITERIA
Criteria are listed in chronological order where possible. Best estimates are given but all are subject to change.
THE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP (TPC) @ TPC Sawgrass (Stadium) - March 14-17
• Winners of PGA TOUR events thru the final week before THE PLAYERS.
• Top 10 in FedExCup Points (March 4).
• Top 50 from Official World Golf Ranking (March 4).
• If necessary, golfers outside the Top 10 in FedExCup Points on March 4 will gain entry in order of position to complete the field of 144.
MASTERS (MAS) @ Augusta National Golf Club – April 11-14
• Winners of PGA TOUR events that award full FedExCup points allocation for THE TOUR Championship through the week before the Masters.
• Top 50 from Official World Golf Ranking (March 31).
• Special invitations to international players per Masters Tournament Committee as its discretion.
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP (PGA) @ Bethpage State Park (Black) – May 16-19
• Winners of PGA TOUR events thru the final week before the 2018 PGA Championship.
• Top 20 from PGA Professional National Championship (May 1).
• Top 70 from special money list on PGA TOUR from 2018 PLAYERS Championship through 2019 Wells Fargo Championship (May 5).
• *All 2018 Ryder Cup members, provided they are inside top 100 of Official World Golf Ranking (May 5).
• Special exemptions per PGA of America. (This will likely include all golfers inside Top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking on May 5.)
• If necessary to compete the field of 156, golfers outside Top 70 from special money list (three lines above) will gain entry in order of position.
U.S. OPEN (US) @ Pebble Beach Golf Links – June 13-16
• Winner of THE PLAYERS (March 17).
• Winner of Masters (April 14).
• Winner of the PGA Championship (May 19).
• Top 60 from Official World Golf Ranking (May 20).
• Open qualifying (late May-early June).
• Top 60 from Official World Golf Ranking (June 10).
• Special exemptions per USGA Executive Committee.
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP (OPEN) @ Royal Portrush Golf Club – July 18-21
• Money leader on the 2018-19 Sunshine Tour (TBD).
• Top 3, not otherwise exempt, inside top 10 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard (March 10).
• Winner of THE PLAYERS (March 17).
• Winner of the Masters (April 14).
• Winner of the PGA Championship (May 19).
• Top 50 from Official World Golf Ranking (May 27).
• Top 4, not otherwise exempt, inside top 12 at The Mizuno Open (June 2).
• Top 2, not otherwise exempt, from Order of Merit on Japan Golf Tour ending with Japan Golf Tour Championship (June 9).
• Top 3, not otherwise exempt, inside top 10 at the RBC Canadian Open (June 9).
• Winner of U.S. Open (June 16).
• Winner of British Amateur, if still an amateur (June 22).
• Top 2, not otherwise exempt, inside top 8 at the KOLON Korea Open (June 23).
• Top 5 and ties, not otherwise exempt, inside Top 20 in Race to Dubai thru the BMW International Open (June 23).
• Top 5 and ties, not otherwise exempt, inside Top 20 in FedExCup points thru the Travelers Championship (June 23).
• Winner of the International European Amateur Championship, if still an amateur (June 29).
• Top 3, not otherwise exempt, inside top 10 at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters (June 30).
• Top 2, not otherwise exempt, inside top 8 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic (June 30).
• Local Final Qualifying. Top 3 at each of four sites: Fairmont St. Andrews, Notts, Prince's, St. Annes Old Links (July 2).
• Top 3, not otherwise exempt, inside top 10 at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (July 7).
• Top 3, not otherwise exempt, inside top 10 at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open (July 14).
• Top finisher, not otherwise exempt, inside top five at the John Deere Classic (July 14).
WGC-MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIP (MEX) @ Club de Golf Chapultepec - February 21-24
• Top 10 from Race to Dubai (Feb. 11).
• Top 50 from Official World Golf Ranking (Feb. 11).
• Highest-ranked golfer from Mexico in the Official World Golf Ranking, if not otherwise eligible (Feb. 11).
• Top 10 in FedExCup Points (Feb. 18).
• Top 50 from Official World Golf Ranking (Feb. 18).
• A process to complete a field of 72 golfers (if fewer qualify automatically) is pending approval.
WGC-DELL TECHNOLOGIES MATCH PLAY (MP) @ Austin Country Club - March 27-31
• Top 64 inside top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking (March 18).
WGC-FEDEX ST. JUDE INVITATIONAL (SJI) @ TPC Southwind - July 25-28
• Winner of Dimension Data Pro-Am (Feb. 17).
• Winner of 2019 Japan Golf Tour Championship (June 9).
• Top 50 from Official World Golf Ranking (July 15).
• Top 50 from Official World Golf Ranking (July 22).
• Winners of official tournaments from the Federation Tours with an Official World Golf Ranking strength-of-field rating of 115 points or more.