Tiger Woods rides in his cart all by The Match: Champions For Charity at Medalist Golf Membership on 24 Could, 2020 in Hobe Sound, Florida. (Picture by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Photos)
Reigning Masters champion Tiger Woods and four-time main winner Brooks Koepka are among the many many many exempt gamers for this 12 months’s US Open launched Thursday by the US Golf Affiliation.
Woods, a 15-time main champion, and Koepka, looking out for a 3rd consecutive PGA Championship victory in August, may be part of defending champion Gary Woodland amongst 11 US Open winners set to compete contained in the 120th US Open on 17-20 September at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York.
World most important Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell of Northern Eire, Britain’s Justin Rose and Germany’s Martin Kaymer may be part of fellow US Open winners Woods, Koepka, Woodland, Lucas Glover, Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson and Jordan Spieth.
The coronavirus pandemic pressured a postponement of the US Open from its commonplace June dates and worn out all qualifying for the match, forcing the USGA to hunt out out exempt programs for entry into the precept championship.
“The choice to cancel native and closing qualifying for this 12 months’s US Open was deeply disappointing, nonetheless we’re snug to nonetheless present the world’s largest knowledgeable and beginner gamers the prospect to compete for this historic and coveted championship,” acknowledged USGA senior managing director of championships John Bodenhamer acknowledged.
“The exemption programs for this 12 months’s championship at Winged Foot Golf Membership had been rigorously developed to duplicate a information US Open subject and we’re excited that gamers will nonetheless have an opportunity to earn a spot inside the subject by varied programs.”
The US Open shall be carried out following the scheduled conclusion of the 2019-20 US PGA Tour season and because the second main occasion of the 12 months after the PGA, with the British Open having been canceled and the Masters pushed as soon as extra from April to November as a result of lethal virus outbreak.
Entries shall be accepted from 15 July by 26 August.
The USGA has not given up on having not less than a restricted variety of spectators on the occasion, to be staged in what had been the primary main US epicenter of the Covid-19 outbreak.
This 12 months’s US Open will embrace the easiest 70 gamers on the earth golf rankings as of 15 March as an alternative of the an identical outdated extreme 60.
That enlargement will enable 50-year-old Phil Mickelson, who was 61st contained in the March 15 mannequin of the rankings, to compete contained in the occasion. The six-time US Open runner-up needs a victory contained in the occasion to finish a profession Grand Slam.
Gamers may additionally earn a berth contained in the lineup by performances contained in the final six scheduled US PGA occasions of the present season, which resumed two weeks so far after a three-month hiatus.
The easiest 5 gamers on the ultimate phrase US PGA FedEx Cup season parts file, the easiest 10 collectively parts from the primary 5 occasions on the European Tour’s UK Swing and the easiest 5 on the developmental Korn Ferry Tour’s frequent season parts and finals lists shall be exempt into the US Open.
The ultimate phrase 2019 Order of Profit programs for the Japan Golf Tour, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour and Australasia Tour will assist to finish a subject of 144 gamers on the suburban New York building.
Six amateurs are at present exempt and the easiest seven World Novice Golf Rankings stage leaders from 19 August not in another case exempt shall be added to the sphere.
A median of 15 amateurs have competed to this point 5 US Opens, together with 2018 US Novice winner Viktor Hovland, a Norwegian who shared 12th final 12 months at Pebble Seaside.
Exemptions preserve unchanged for winners in quite a few USGA occasions together with for winners of the choice majors, the Gamers Championship and BMW PGA Championship.
Fully completely different spots to fill the sphere shall be taken from the 23 August mannequin of the world golf rankings.