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2019 Qualifiers for majors, THE PLAYERS, WGCs

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• 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

Recent Additions
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

Golfer Qualified
Byeong Hun An TPC
Abraham Ancer TPC, OPEN
Kiradech Aphirbarnrat MAS, OPEN, MEX
Ryan Armour TPC
Rich Beem PGA
Isidro Benitez OPEN
Daniel Berger TPC, PGA, US
Lucas Bjerregaard MAS, OPEN, MEX, SJI
Alexander Björk OPEN, MEX
Ryan Blaum TPC
Devon Bling MAS, US (must remain an amateur to compete in both)
Keegan Bradley TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI
Scott Brown TPC
Bronson Burgoon TPC
Ángel Cabrera MAS
Rafa Cabrera Bello TPC, MAS, PGA, OPEN
Mark Calcavecchia OPEN
Jorge Campillo OPEN
Patrick Cantlay TPC, MAS, US, OPEN, MEX
Paul Casey TPC, MAS, PGA*, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI
Bud Cauley TPC
Alex Cejka TPC
Cameron Champ TPC, PGA
Kevin Chappell TPC, OPEN
Stewart Cink TPC, MAS, PGA, OPEN
Darren Clarke OPEN
George Coetzee MEX
Austin Cook TPC
Fred Couples MAS
Joel Dahmen TPC
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
Tyler Duncan TPC
David Duval OPEN
Ernie Els OPEN
Harris English TPC
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
Ryan Fox OPEN
Yoshinori Fujimoto OPEN
Sergio Garcia TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI
Brice Garnett TPC
Brian Gay TPC
Lucas Glover TPC, US
Branden Grace TPC, MAS
Emiliano Grillo TPC, MAS
Chesson Hadley TPC
Adam Hadwin TPC
James Hahn TPC
Todd Hamilton OPEN
Brandon Harkins TPC
Brian Harman TPC
Padraig Harrington PGA, OPEN
Tyrrell Hatton TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI
Russell Henley TPC
Charley Hoffman TPC, MAS
Tom Hoge TPC
J.B. Holmes TPC
Billy Horschel TPC, MAS, US, OPEN, MEX
Beau Hossler TPC
Viktor Hovland MAS, US, OPEN (must remain an amateur to compete in all)
Charles Howell III TPC, MAS, PGA
John Huh TPC
Kodai Ichihara SJI
Sungjae Im TPC
Shugo Imahira MAS, OPEN, MEX, SJI
Trevor Immelman MAS
Yuki Inamori OPEN
Jazz Janewattananond OPEN
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)
Sung Kang TPC
Martin Kaymer TPC, MAS, PGA, US
Michael Kim TPC, MAS, PGA
Si Woo Kim TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN
Whee Kim TPC
Chris Kirk TPC
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
Jason Kokrak TPC
Kelly Kraft TPC
Matt Kuchar TPC, MAS, PGA, OPEN, SJI
Anirban Lahiri TPC
Martin Laird TPC
Andrew Landry TPC, MAS
Romain Langasque OPEN
Bernhard Langer MAS
Paul Lawrie OPEN
Danny Lee TPC
Tom Lehman OPEN
Marc Leishman TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI
Alexander Levy OPEN
Hao Tong Li MAS, OPEN, MEX
Luke List TPC
Adam Long TPC, MAS, PGA, SJI
Davis Love III PGA
Jamie Lovemark TPC
Shane Lowry PGA, SJI
Sandy Lyle MAS
Hideki Matsuyama TPC, MAS, US, OPEN, MEX
Denny McCarthy TPC
Graeme McDowell US
William McGirt TPC
Rory McIlroy TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI
Jake McLeod OPEN, MEX
Prom Meesawat OPEN
Troy Merritt TPC, PGA
Shaun Micheel PGA
Phil Mickelson TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI
Matthew Millar MEX
Keith Mitchell TPC
Larry Mize MAS
Francesco Molinari TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI
Ryan Moore TPC
Trey Mullinax TPC
Doyeob Mun OPEN
Grayson Murray TPC
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)
Sean O'Hair TPC
Mark O'Meara MAS
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)
Adrian Otaegui OPEN
Ryan Palmer TPC
C.T. Pan TPC
Dimitrios Papadatos OPEN
Sang-Hyun Park MEX
Eddie Pepperell MAS, OPEN, MEX, SJI
Pat Perez TPC
Scott Piercy TPC
Thomas Pieters PGA, OPEN
J.T. Poston TPC
Ted Potter, Jr. TPC
Ian Poulter TPC, MAS, PGA*, OPEN, SJI
Seamus Power TPC
Andrew Putnam TPC, PGA
Jon Rahm TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI
Aaron Rai 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
Patrick Rodgers TPC
Justin Rose TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI
Sam Ryder TPC
Rory Sabbatini TPC
Poom Saksansin SJI
Sam Saunders TPC
Xander Schauffele TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI
Ollie Schniederjans TPC
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
J.J. Spaun TPC
Jordan Spieth TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, SJI
Scott Stallings TPC
Kyle Stanley TPC, MAS, US, OPEN, MEX
Brendan Steele TPC
Henrik Stenson TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, SJI
Brandon Stone PGA, OPEN
Kevin Streelman TPC
Brian Stuard TPC
Andy Sullivan OPEN
Nick Taylor TPC
Vaughn Taylor TPC
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
Peter Uihlein TPC
Erik van Rooyen MEX
Harold Varner III TPC
Jhonattan Vegas TPC
Jimmy Walker TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN
Matt Wallace MAS, OPEN, MEX
Nick Watney TPC
Bubba Watson TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI
Mike Weir MAS
Richy Werenski TPC
Lee Westwood OPEN, MEX, SJI
Danny Willett TPC, MAS, PGA, US, OPEN, MEX, SJI
Oliver Wilson OPEN
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
Ian Woosnam MAS
Y.E. Yang PGA

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.

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