With his victory at the 83rd Masters, Tiger Woods is a 15-time major champion.
The greatest of his generation prevailed by one stroke at Augusta National on Sunday. It was his fifth career title in the tournament (first since 2005) and first win in a major since the 2008 U.S. Open.
Woods already was exempt for life into the Masters and PGA Championship, and his exemption into The Open Championship extends through 2036 when he’ll be 60 years of age, but his 10-year exemption at the U.S. Open expired last year. While he already was exempt for this year’s U.S. Open at Bethpage by virtue of qualifying for the 2018 TOUR Championship, his latest Masters title extends his eligibility to compete in the U.S. Open through 2023.
Short of winning the green jacket, all others who finish inside the top 12 and ties at Augusta National earn return trips to the following year’s Masters. Of the 16 golfers who finished T12 and better on Sunday, South Africa’s Justin Harding, who started the week slotted 49th in the Official World Golf Ranking – his spot at 48th in the previous edition triggered his exemption into last week’s Masters – arguably is most benefited by the provision. (He birdied the par-4 18th in the final round to climb inside the bubble at T12.) Each of the other 15 already was exempt or shouldn’t have had trouble qualifying again via the OWGR alone even without the guarantee secured.
While this page will continue to be updated weekly, there won’t be much activity until the PGA Professional National Championship on May 1. Only winners of PGA TOUR events are projected to be added in the interim.
PGA = PGA Championship
US = U.S. Open
OPEN = Open Championship
SJI = WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
PGA -- none
US -- none
OPEN -- none
SJI -- none
Golfer Qualified Abraham Ancer OPEN Kiradech Aphibarnrat OPEN Rich Beem PGA Isidro Benitez OPEN Daniel Berger PGA, US Lucas Bjerregaard OPEN, SJI Alexander Björk OPEN Devon Bling US (must remain an amateur to compete) Keegan Bradley PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Rafa Cabrera Bello PGA, OPEN Mark Calcavecchia OPEN Jorge Campillo OPEN Patrick Cantlay US, OPEN Paul Casey PGA*, US, OPEN, SJI Cameron Champ PGA Kevin Chappell OPEN Stewart Cink PGA, OPEN Darren Clarke OPEN Corey Conners PGA, SJI John Daly PGA, OPEN Jason Day PGA, US, OPEN Bryson DeChambeau PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Jason Dufner PGA David Duval OPEN Ernie Els OPEN Philip Eriksson SJI Tony Finau PGA*, US, OPEN, SJI Matthew Fitzpatrick OPEN Tommy Fleetwood PGA*, US, OPEN, SJI Rickie Fowler PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Ryan Fox OPEN Yoshinori Fujimoto OPEN Sergio Garcia PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Lucas Glover US Todd Hamilton OPEN Padraig Harrington PGA, OPEN Tyrrell Hatton PGA, US, OPEN, SJI J.B. Holmes PGA, SJI Billy Horschel US, OPEN Viktor Hovland US, OPEN (must remain an amateur to compete in both) Charles Howell III PGA Kodai Ichihara SJI Sungjae Im OPEN Shugo Imahira OPEN, SJI Yuki Inamori OPEN Jazz Janewattananond OPEN Miguel Angel Jiménez OPEN Dustin Johnson PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Zach Johnson PGA, US, OPEN Takumi Kanaya OPEN (must remain an amateur to compete) Sung Kang OPEN Martin Kaymer PGA, US Michael Kim PGA Si Woo Kim PGA, US, OPEN Kevin Kisner PGA, OPEN, SJI Patton Kizzire US, OPEN Russell Knox OPEN Brooks Koepka PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Matt Kuchar PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Romain Langasque OPEN Paul Lawrie OPEN Tom Lehman OPEN Marc Leishman PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Alexander Levy OPEN Hao Tong Li OPEN Zander Lombard OPEN Adam Long PGA, SJI Davis Love III PGA Shane Lowry PGA, SJI Hideki Matsuyama US, OPEN Graeme McDowell US, PGA Rory McIlroy PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Jake McLeod OPEN Prom Meesawat OPEN Troy Merritt PGA Shaun Micheel PGA Phil Mickelson PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Keith Mitchell PGA, OPEN, SJI Francesco Molinari PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Doyeob Mun OPEN Kevin Na PGA, US, OPEN Alex Noren PGA*, OPEN, SJI Shaun Norris OPEN Kevin O'Connell US (must remain an amateur to compete) Thorbjørn Olesen PGA*, OPEN, SJI Louis Oosthuizen OPEN Adrian Otaegui OPEN Dimitrios Papadatos OPEN Eddie Pepperell OPEN, SJI Thomas Pieters PGA, OPEN Ian Poulter PGA*, OPEN, SJI Andrew Putnam PGA Jon Rahm PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Aaron Rai SJI Chez Reavie PGA Jovan Rebula US (must remain an amateur to compete) Patrick Reed PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Justin Rose PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Poom Saksansin SJI Xander Schauffele PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Charl Schwartzel OPEN Adam Scott PGA Shubhankar Sharma OPEN Webb Simpson PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Vijay Singh PGA Cameron Smith US, OPEN, SJI Brandt Snedeker PGA, SJI Jordan Spieth PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Kyle Stanley US, OPEN Henrik Stenson PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Brandon Stone PGA, OPEN Andy Sullivan OPEN Justin Thomas PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Michael Thorbjornsen US (must remain an amateur to compete) David Toms PGA, US Martin Trainer PGA Kevin Tway PGA, SJI Jimmy Walker PGA, US, OPEN Matt Wallace OPEN Bubba Watson PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Lee Westwood OPEN, SJI Danny Willett PGA, US, OPEN, SJI Oliver Wilson OPEN Aaron Wise PGA, US, OPEN Gary Woodland PGA, US, OPEN Tiger Woods PGA, US, OPEN, SJI 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.
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
• Winners of multiple PGA TOUR events that award full FedExCup points allocation since the 2018 U.S. Open.
• Winner of the PGA Championship (May 19).
• Top 60 from Official World Golf Ranking (May 20).
• Sectional qualifying at one site in Dallas (May 20).
• Sectional qualifying at one site in Japan (May 27).
• Sectional qualifying at one site in England, one site in Canada and eight sites in the United States (June 3).
• 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
• 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-FEDEX ST. JUDE INVITATIONAL (SJI) @ TPC Southwind - July 25-28
• 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.