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how to qualify for the open championship

How to qualify for The Open Championship

Ever wondered how players qualify for The Open? We have put together the guide detailing every way a golfer can make their way into the field

 

There are 27 exemption categories that allow players to qualify for the 2024 Open Championship at Royal Troon.

Brian Harman will return to the golf’s oldest major to defend the Claret Jug which he so impressively won at Royal Liverpool nearly 12 months ago.

The last time The Open visited Troon was in 2016 when Henrik Stenson won his sole major in an epic battle with Phil Mickelson, which has become remembered as one of the great Open Championships in modern times.

Below is each criterion for how players qualify for the fourth and final major championship of the season.

Open Championship Qualifying: Exemptions

Win The Open and be 60 or under

If you have already won The Open, you are allowed to compete in the field if you are 60 or under on July 21, 2024

Win The Open and be 55 or under

If you have already won The Open, you are allowed to compete in the field if you are 55 or under on July 21, 2024

Win The Open

The last 10 winners of The Open will be exempt to play at Royal Troon.

The first 10 and ties at the 2023 Open

If you came 10th or tied for 10th at The 151st Open at Hoylake in 2023, you will get a spot this year.

The top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings

If you are ranked in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings in week 21 of the OWGR calendar, you’ll be eligible for The Open.

The top 30 in the 2023 Race to Dubai Rankings

If you placed in the top 30 of the Race to Dubai Rankings of 2023, you’ll earn a place at Hoylake.

Win the BMW PGA Championship

If you have won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in the last three years, you have a place at The Open.

The top five players on the Race to Dubai Rankings after the 2023 BMW International Open

The first five DP World Tour members or any who tied for fifth, who aren’t otherwise exempt, in the top 20 of the Race to Dubai Rankings after the BMW International Open will have a spot at The Open.

Win the US Open

Winners of the last five US Opens will have a spot at The Open in 2024.

Win the Masters

Winners of the last five Masters tournaments will have a spot at The Open in 2024.

Win the PGA Championship

Winners of the last six PGA Championships will have a spot at The Open in 2024.

Win The Players Championship

Winners of the last three Players Championships will have a spot at The Open in 2024.

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The top 30 players from the 2023 FedEx Cup Points List

The top 30 players from the 2023 FedEx Cup Points List will earn a spot at The Open.

The top five PGA Tour members on the FedEx Cup Points List after the 2024 Travelers Championship

The first five PGA Tour members or any who tied for fifth, who aren’t otherwise exempt, in the top 20 of the FedEx Cup Points List after the Travelers Championship will have a spot at The Open.

Win the VISA Open de Argentina

The winner of the VISA Open de Argentina in 2024 has a place at The Open.

Top five in the 2024 Federations Ranking list of of the closing date

If you are in the top five of the 2024 Federation Ranking List, then you will qualify for The Open.

Win the Japan Open

The winner of the Japan Open in 2023 has a place at The Open.

Win the Senior Open

The Senior Open champion of 2023 will be exempt for the 2024 Open.

Win the Amateur Championship

The Amateur champion of 2024 has a place at The Open.

Win the US Amateur

The US Amateur champion of 2023 has a place at The Open.

Win the European Amateur

The European Amateur champion of 2024 has a place at The Open.

Win the Mark H McCormack Medal

This medal is awarded to the player who is ranked first in the World Amateur Golf Ranking following The Amateur, the US Amateur and the European Amateur.

Win the Asia-Pacific Amateur

The Asia-Pacific champion of 2023 has a place at The Open.

Win the Latin America Amateur

The Latin America Amateur champion of 2024 has a place at The Open.

Win the Open Amateur Series

This new exemption is awarded to the player who accumulates the most points across the St Andrews Links Trophy, the Amateur Championship, and the European Amateur Championship.

Win the African Amateur Championship

The winner of the 2024 African Amateur Championship will earn a spot at The Open.

…and medical exemptions.

The Open Qualifying Series

This series takes place across 11 events throughout the 2023/2024 season which gives players the chance to qualify for The Open:

South Africa – Joburg Open
Australia – ISPS Handa Australian Open
USA – Arnold Palmer Invitational
Malaysia – IRS Prime Malaysia Open
Canada – RBC Canadian Open
USA – the Memorial Tournament
Korea – KOLON Korea Open
Netherlands – KLM Open
Italy – Italian Open
USA – John Deere Classic
Scotland – Genesis Scottish Open

Final Qualifying

In 2024, Final Qualifying For The Open will take place across four golf courses in the UK: Dundonald Links, Royal Cinque Ports, Royal Porthcawl, and West Lancashire.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the qualification process for The Open Championship? Qualification for The Open Championship is a multi-step process that includes several routes. These include exemptions based on performance in specific professional tournaments, world ranking, and a series of regional and final qualification events known as The Open Qualifying Series.

2. Who is eligible to participate in the Open Qualifying Series? Professional golfers and amateur golfers with a handicap not exceeding 0.4 are eligible to participate in the Open Qualifying Series.

3. What are the performance-based exemptions for The Open Championship? There are several performance-based exemptions, including success in other major tournaments, high placements in previous Open Championships, and a high position in the world golf rankings. Specifics can change year to year and should be verified with official sources.

4. How do world rankings affect qualification for The Open Championship? A certain number of spots in The Open Championship are reserved for top-ranked golfers. The exact number can vary from year to year, but golfers with high world rankings are often able to secure a place in the tournament.

5. Can amateur players qualify for The Open Championship? Yes, amateur players can qualify for The Open Championship. They need to have a handicap not exceeding 0.4 and must succeed in the Open Qualifying Series or meet certain other performance-based criteria.

6. What are Regional and Final Qualifying events? These are tournaments held in the lead-up to The Open Championship where golfers compete for a limited number of spots in the tournament. Golfers who aren’t otherwise exempt can enter the Regional Qualifying, and successful competitors then progress to the Final Qualifying stage.

7. How has the qualification process for The Open Championship changed over the years? The qualification process for The Open Championship has evolved to reflect changes in the golfing landscape, with adjustments made to accommodate the growing number of professional tours around the world and the increasing competitiveness of professional golf. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (R&A) continues to revise the process as needed to ensure that the field for The Open Championship represents the best golfers from around the world.

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