The numerous moving parts to set the field of 156 at the U.S. Open have come to a halt. The last six entrants at Pebble Beach were announced on Sunday.
By virtue of placement inside the top 60 of the updated Official World Golf Ranking, Andrew Putnam (50th), Emiliano Grillo (53rd) and Scott Piercy (59th) secured exemptions.
The other three were determined using alternates from sectional qualifying. Joel Dahmen (Columbus sectional), Harris English (Canada) and Bernd Wiesberger (England) were the recipients of the spots. Each was first alternate from his site.
Last week, Cody Gribble (Dallas sectional) and Chan Kim (Japan) gained entry via the same, unpublished master list of alternates.
As written in this space last week, the USGA doesn’t reveal its process of determining who sits where in the overall pecking order of alternates because it’s fluid, so it can be confusing.
Replacements are determined by who withdraws. Withdrawals by sectional qualifiers are replaced by alternates from the same sectional, but the same alternates occupy a spot on the master list used for withdrawals by automatic qualifiers. For example, the same golfer who is first alternate from his sectional might be 10th on the master.
As the U.S. Open occupies center stage, three spots in The Open Championship were up for grabs at the RBC Canadian Open, but only two were distributed.
The provision reserved entry for the top three, not otherwise exempt into The Open, inside the top 10 at Hamilton Golf & Country Club. However, of the 10 golfers inside the top 10, only Adam Hadwin (sixth place) and Graeme McDowell (T8) were not yet eligible for the major. While the R&A will allocate the previously reserved spot elsewhere, the bigger story, obviously, is that G-Mac will peg it in his native Northern Ireland at Royal Portrush.
Lastly, Mikumu Horikawa has been on a heater. After securing one of the three original exemptions into the U.S. Open in sectional qualifying in his native Japan on May 27, the 26-year-old went wire-to-wire at the Japan Golf Tour Championship and prevailed by four strokes for his breakthrough victory on the circuit.
The JGTC is the flagship event as recognized by the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, so he’s now eligible to compete at TPC Southwind on July 25-28.
NOTE: Golfers are omitted if they recently haven’t competed in majors for which they are eligible (e.g. Open Championship=Ben Curtis, Justin Leonard).
US = U.S. Open
OPEN = Open Championship
SJI = WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
US -- Joel Dahmen; Harris English; Emiliano Grillo; Scott Piercy; Andrew Putnam; Bernd Wiesberger
OPEN -- Adam Hadwin; Graeme McDowell
SJI -- Mikumu Horikawa
Golfer Qualified Byeong Hun An US Abraham Ancer US, OPEN Kiradech Aphibarnrat US, OPEN Connor Arendell US Adri Arnaus US Yosuke Asaji OPEN Aaron Baddeley US Isidro Benitez OPEN Daniel Berger US Lucas Bjerregaard US, OPEN, SJI Alexander Björk OPEN Zac Blair US Devon Bling US (must remain an amateur to compete) Keegan Bradley US, OPEN, SJI Joseph Bramlett US Merrick Bremner US Dean Burmester US Rafa Cabrera Bello US, OPEN Mark Calcavecchia OPEN Jorge Campillo OPEN Patrick Cantlay US, OPEN, SJI Paul Casey US, OPEN, SJI Roberto Castro US Kevin Chappell OPEN Gunn Charoenkul OPEN Stewart Cink OPEN Darren Clarke OPEN Corey Conners SJI Joel Dahmen US John Daly OPEN Charlie Danielson US Brian Davis US Jason Day US, OPEN Bryson DeChambeau US, OPEN, SJI Eric Dietrich US Luke Donald US Brett Drewitt US Jason Dufner US David Duval OPEN Chandler Eaton US Austin Eckroat US Ernie Els US, OPEN Harris English US Rhys Enoch US Philip Eriksson SJI Julián Etulain US Tony Finau US, OPEN, SJI Matthew Fitzpatrick US, OPEN Tommy Fleetwood US, OPEN, SJI Rickie Fowler US, OPEN, SJI Ryan Fox US, OPEN Marcus Fraser US Yoshinori Fujimoto OPEN Jim Furyk US, OPEN Luis Gagne US Sergio Garcia US, OPEN, SJI Lucas Glover US Branden Grace US Cody Gribble US Emiliano Grillo US Luke Guthrie US Chesson Hadley US Adam Hadwin OPEN Stewart Hagestad US Andreas Halvorsen US Todd Hamilton OPEN Justin Harding US, OPEN Nick Hardy US Padraig Harrington OPEN Tyrrell Hatton US, OPEN, SJI Daniel Hillier US Tom Hoge US J.B. Holmes US, SJI Max Homa SJI Mikumu Horikawa US, SJI Billy Horschel US, OPEN Sam Horsfield US Viktor Hovland US, OPEN (must remain an amateur to compete in both) Charles Howell III US Billy Hurley III US Kodai Ichihara US, SJI Yuta Ikeda OPEN Sungjae Im OPEN Shugo Imahira US, OPEN, SJI Yuki Inamori OPEN Jazz Janewattananond OPEN Miguel Angel Jiménez OPEN Dustin Johnson US, OPEN, SJI Zach Johnson US, OPEN Matt Jones US Takumi Kanaya OPEN (must remain an amateur to compete) Sung Kang OPEN; SJI Martin Kaymer US Chan Kim US, OPEN Si Woo Kim US, OPEN Marcus Kinhult US Kevin Kisner US, OPEN, SJI Patton Kizzire US, OPEN Russell Knox OPEN Brooks Koepka US, OPEN, SJI Matt Kuchar US, OPEN, SJI Anirban Lahiri US Romain Langasque OPEN Nate Lashley US Paul Lawrie OPEN K.H. Lee US Richard H. Lee US Tom Lehman OPEN Marc Leishman US, OPEN, SJI Alexander Levy OPEN Hao Tong Li US, OPEN Luke List US Zander Lombard OPEN Adam Long SJI Shane Lowry US, OPEN, SJI Hideki Matsuyama US, OPEN Chip McDaniel US Graeme McDowell US, OPEN Rory McIlroy US, OPEN, SJI Jake McLeod OPEN Prom Meesawat OPEN Phil Mickelson US, OPEN, SJI Keith Mitchell US, OPEN, SJI Francesco Molinari US, OPEN, SJI Collin Morikawa US Doyeob Mun OPEN Kevin Na US, OPEN, SJI Matthew Naumec US Alex Noren US, OPEN, SJI Shaun Norris OPEN Noah Norton US Kevin O'Connell US (must remain an amateur to compete) Thorbjørn Olesen US, OPEN, SJI Louis Oosthuizen US, OPEN Rob Oppenheim US Carlos Ortiz US Adrian Otaegui OPEN C.T. Pan US, OPEN, SJI Dimitrios Papadatos OPEN Renato Paratore US Sang-Hyun Park OPEN Matt Parziale US Matthieu Pavon US Eddie Pepperell US, OPEN, SJI (will not compete in the U.S. Open) Guillermo Pereira US Scott Piercy US Thomas Pieters US, OPEN Andy Pope US Ian Poulter US, OPEN, SJI Alex Prugh US Andrew Putnam US, OPEN Jon Rahm US, OPEN, SJI Aaron Rai SJI Chez Reavie US Jovan Rebula US (must remain an amateur to compete) Patrick Reed US, OPEN, SJI Justin Rose US, OPEN, SJI Rory Sabbatini US Poom Saksansin SJI Sam Saunders US Xander Schauffele US, OPEN, SJI Scottie Scheffler US Ollie Schniederjans US Charl Schwartzel OPEN Adam Scott US, OPEN Shubhankar Sharma OPEN Hayden Shieh US Webb Simpson US, OPEN, SJI Lee Slattery US Cameron Smith US, OPEN, SJI Brandt Snedeker US, OPEN, SJI Clement Sordet US Jordan Spieth US, OPEN, SJI Kyle Stanley US, OPEN Henrik Stenson US, OPEN, SJI Brandon Stone OPEN Sepp Straka US Brian Stuard US Andy Sullivan OPEN Ryan Sullivan US Callum Tarren US Nick Taylor US Justin Thomas US, OPEN, SJI Michael Thorbjornsen US (must remain an amateur to compete) Spencer Tibbits US Brendon Todd US David Toms US Kevin Tway SJI Erik van Rooyen US Jhonattan Vegas US Jimmy Walker US, OPEN Matt Wallace US, OPEN Justin Walters US Bubba Watson US, OPEN, SJI Mike Weir US Lee Westwood OPEN, SJI Bernd Wiesberger US Danny Willett US, OPEN, SJI Oliver Wilson OPEN Aaron Wise US, OPEN Gary Woodland US, OPEN Tiger Woods US, OPEN, SJI Brandon Wu US Cameron Young US Chun An Yu US
REMAINING QUALIFYING CRITERIA
Criteria are listed in chronological order where possible. Best estimates are given but all are subject to change.
U.S. OPEN (US) @ Pebble Beach Golf Links – June 13-16
• Field is complete.
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP (OPEN) @ Royal Portrush Golf Club – July 18-21
• 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-FEDEX ST. JUDE INVITATIONAL (SJI) @ TPC Southwind - July 25-28
• 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.