Qualification . The U.S. Open is open to any professional, or to any amateur with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 1.4. Players (male or female) may obtain a place by being fully exempt or by competing successfully in qualifying . The field is 156 players.
The 2020 U.S. Open field is taking shape. There will be no qualifying for the 2020 U.S. Open Championship, slated for September at Winged Foot Golf Club, in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
With a win , you get a 10-year U.S. Open exemption as well as five-year exemptions into the Open , Masters and PGA Championship. The winner also punches their ticket to the following year’s Tournament of Champions, a no-cut event that guarantees a nice payday.
The entry fee is $200 (as of 2019). Entry forms are posted when they become available each year on the USGA website: Go to usga.org.
Unlike the PGA Championship and the Open Championship, which allows the low 70 players and ties to play all four rounds, the USGA has a slightly higher bar for its “ cut rule,” taking only the low 60 and ties.
Phil Mickelson qualifies for U.S. Open as golf major expands exemption criteria.
The 2020 Open Championship has been canceled , and the 2020 Masters is scheduled for Nov. 12-15, though it has not announced a policy for its patrons at this time. The 2020 Ryder Cup has been pushed a full year to 2021.
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The winner also has the opportunity to choose the menu for the next year’s Champions dinner, which takes place annually on the Tuesday of Masters week. Even better still is the privilege of a lifetime exemption into the tournament, meaning you can tee it up every single year at Augusta until you decide not to.
A regular PGA Tour event extends a player’s Tour card for two years after the current season. The Arnold Palmer Invitational, Memorial Tournament and World Golf Championships provide a three-year exemption . Winning a major championship or The Players provides a five-year exemption .
This year’s US Open prize money is a record $57 million — the winner will make $3.85 million .
Willie Anderson , Bobby Jones , Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus hold the record for the most U.S. Open victories, with four each. Anderson holds the record for most consecutive wins with three, from 1903 to 1905. Hale Irwin is the oldest U.S. Open winner at 45 years and 15 days old when he won in 1990.
For most tournaments, the 36-hole cut line is the top 65 players plus those tied at the end of that group. Each major uses a different rule. For the US Open , the top 60 players including ties make the cut. Anybody in 61st place or worse does not make the cut.
Once again, Steve Stricker qualifies for U.S. Open Last year, he also advanced through sectional qualifying and went on to tie for 16th place at Erin Hills. Stricker was the only Wisconsin golfer to make it through sectional qualifying this year.