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how to qualify for the US Open

How to qualify for the US Open

Ever wondered how players qualify for the US Open? Matt Chivers has put together the guide detailing every way a golfer can make their way into the field

 

The third men’s major of the year is open to all professional players, as well as to an array of amateur stars. Here’s how to qualify for the US Open…

How to qualify for the US Open: Exemptions

The majority of the field is taken up by players who are given an exemption by the USGA. To qualify for exemption and receive a special invitation to play in the US Open, golfers must meet one of the following 23 criteria:

1. Win the US Open

Any player to have won the US Open over the last 10 years will receive an automatic invite.

2. Finish in the top 10 at last year’s US Open

The 10 lowest scorers – including ties – will return to the US Open from the previous year.

3. Win the US Senior Open

The winner of the previous year’s US Senior Open will qualify for the US Open.

4. Win the US Amateur

The current holder of the US Amateur will receive a spot in the field.

5. Finish runner-up in the US Amateur, win the US Junior Amateur and US Mid Amateur

Like the winner, the runner-up in the US Amateur will get an invite, provided they are still an amateur. You can also qualify if you win the US Junior Amateur and the US Mid-Amateur.

6. Win the Masters

The previous five champions of the Masters will be entered.

7. Win the PGA Championship

Any winner of the PGA Championship over the last five years will be exempt.

8. Win The Open

The last five years Open Championship winners will be granted an exemption.

9. Win the Players Championship

The previous three winners of the Players will receive a spot.

10. Win the BMW PGA Championship

The most recent winner of the DP World Tour’s BMW PGA Championship will gain an exemption.

11. Qualify for the Tour Championship

Any player who qualified for the previous season-ending Tour Championship will be entered.

12. Win multiple PGA Tour events

Invites are given to multiple winners of PGA Tour events which awards full-point allocation for the FedExCup within a year since the last US Open.

13. FedEx Cup standings

The top five players in the FedEx Cup standings who are not already exempt will qualify for the US Open.

14. Korn Ferry Tour points

The points leader from the 2023 Korn Ferry Tour season will earn a spot at Pinehurst No.2.

15. Race to Dubai rankings

The top two players from the final 2023 Race to Dubai rankings who are not already exempt will get in the US Open.

16. Race to Dubai rankings (part two)

The top player from the 2024 Race to Dubai rankings who is not already exempt will earn a spot at the US Open

17. Win the Amateur Championship

The winner of the 2023 Amateur Championship will earn a spot at the US Open.

18. Win the 2023 Mark H McCormack Medal

The leading player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking system will receive an invite, provided they are still an amateur.

19. College golf in the USA

If you win the 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Individual Golf Championship and remain an amateur, you will be eligible for the US Open.

20. Win the 2024 Latin America Amateur Championship

If you win the 2024 Latin America Amateur Championship and remain an amateur, you will be eligible for the US Open.

21. Be a top 60-point leader in the OWGR

Unless already exempt, the top 60 points leaders and ties in the Official World Golf Rankings as of May 20 all receive an invite.

22. Be a top 60-point leader in the OWGR (part two)

Unless already exempt, the top 60 points leaders and ties in the Official World Golf Rankings one week before the tournament all receive an invite.

23. Be granted a special exemption by the USGA

These are handed out at the governing body’s discretion.

How to qualify for the US Open

Final Qualifying

The rest of the field is taken up by qualifiers from around the world. US Open qualifying run through early June prior to the major taking place.

Local Qualifying

Firstly, there is the Local Qualifying series which is staged across the United States through April and May. Thousands of golfers enter sectional qualifying each year in the hope of playing at the US Open.

The number of players who advance from each of the qualifying sites depends on the field size at each event. Players who do advance then head to one of the 11 final qualifying tournaments.

Final Qualifying

Three Final Qualifying events took place in Japan, America and the UK on May 20 and the final 10 qualifiers will be played in Canada and the USA on June 3.

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Matt Chivers

Matt Chivers

Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

Matt is a member at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal playing off a 5 handicap, just a pitching wedge away from his hometown of Dover where he went to school and grew up. He has previously been a member at Etchinghill and Walmer and Kingsdown in Kent.

Having studied history at the University of Liverpool, Matt went on to pass his NCTJ Exams in Manchester a year later to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. He picked up work experience along the way at places such as the Racing Post, the Independent, Sportsbeat and the Lancashire Evening Post.

Matt joined NCG in February 2023 and is the website’s main source of tour news, features and opinion. He has reported live from events such as The Open, the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship, having also interviewed and spoken to the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, to name just a few.

Consuming tour golf on what is a 24/7 basis, you can come to Matt for informed views on the game and the latest updates on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and LIV Golf.

What’s in Matt’s bag: Cobra LTDx LS driver, Cobra LTDx 3-wood, TaylorMade P7MC irons, Ping Glide 4.0 wedges, Odyssey putter.

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