Who is in field for the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot

August 31, 2020
Winged Foot GC West

Dom Furore

The 2020 U.S. Open is scheduled for Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., three months later than originally planned. The change in date is not the only concession from the USGA to the coronavirus pandemic: the field is down to 144 players from the usual 156, and the tradition and history of playing your way through local and sectional qualifying to get into the championship also has been put on hold for 2020. USGA officials have instead created a list of exemption categories, revealed June 24, that attempt to replicate as best they could the diverse nature of a typical U.S. Open field.

“The decision to cancel local and final qualifying for this year’s U.S. Open was deeply disappointing, but we are pleased to still provide the world’s best professional and amateur players the opportunity to compete for this historic and coveted championship,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, championships. “The exemption categories for this year’s championship at Winged Foot Golf Club were carefully developed to mirror a representative U.S. Open field and we are excited that players will still have an opportunity to earn a place in the field through a variety of categories.”

Indeed, while the majority of the field is locked in off placement in the Official World Golf Ranking as of March 15 and past performance in USGA events and major championships, several dozen spots were available for finishes in PGA Tour and European Tour events during the summer. Additionally, top finishes on the money/points lists on other worldwide tours and the World Amateur Golf Rankings also gave players access to the field.

Here is the complete list of exemption categories and the list of players who have earned spots into the field for Winged Foot. We’ll update this page as more golfers officially qualify.


(Players are listed once, though may be exempt in several categories)

U.S. Open champions of last 10 years

Gary Woodland, Brooks Koepka (WD-injury), Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose, Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell

10 lowest scorers from 2019 U.S. Open

Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm, Chez Reavie, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Henrik Stenson, Chesson Hadley

Winner of 2019 U.S. Senior Open Championship

Steve Stricker

Winner of 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship

Andy Ogletree

Runner-up of 2019 U.S. Amateur

John Augenstein

Winner of 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur

Preston Summerhays

Winner of 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur

Lukas Michel

Winners of the Masters, 2016-19

Tiger Woods, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Danny Willett

Winners of PGA Championship, 2015-20

Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker, Jason Day

Winners of Open Championship, 2015-19

Shane Lowry, Zach Johnson (Note: Francesco Molinari has withdrawn)

Qualifiers from 2019 Tour Championship

Paul Casey, Tony Finau, Kevin Kisner, Hideki Matsuyama, Bryson DeChambeau, Jason Kokrak, Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Kuchar, Sungjae Im, Rickie Fowler, Abraham Ancer, Patrick Cantlay, Marc Leishman, Brandt Snedeker, Corey Conners, Charles Howell III, Lucas Glover

Winner of 2019 British Amateur Championship

James Sugrue

Winner of the 2019 Mark H. McCormick Medal (Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking)

Cole Hammer

Top 70, Official World Golf Rankings (as of March 15)

Tyrell Hatton, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Bernd Wiesberger, Kevin Na, Lee Westwood, Billy Horschel, Cameron Smith, Jazz Janewattananond, Victor Perez, Shugo Imahira, Erik van Rooyen, Matt Wallace, Scottie Scheffler (WD-COVID), Rafa Cabrera Bello, Christian Bezuidenhout, Sunghoon Kang, Bubba Watson, Brendon Todd, Adam Hadwin, Viktor Hovland, Ian Poulter, Tom Lewis, Shaun Norris, Phil Mickelson, Andrew Putnam, Keegan Bradley, Lucas Herbert, Eddie Pepperell, Robert MacIntyre, Kurt Kitayama, Chan Kim, Joel Dahmen


Fans look on as Gary Woodland celebrates on the 18th green after winning the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Ezra Shaw

Top two, not otherwise exempt, in the top 10 and ties of the 2020 Memorial (July 16-19)

Ryan Palmer, Mackenzie Hughes

Top two, not otherwise exempt, in the top 10 and ties of 2020 3M Open (July 23-26)

Michael Thompson, Adam Long

Top two, not otherwise exempt, in the top 10 and ties of 2020 WGC-Fed Ex St. Jude Invitational (July 30-Aug. 2)

Daniel Berger

Top two, not otherwise exempt, in the top 10 and ties of 2020 Barracuda Championship (July 30-Aug. 2)

Richy Werenski, Troy Merritt

Top three players, not otherwise exempt, in the top 10 and ties of 2020 PGA Championship (Aug. 6-9)

Matthew Wolff, Cameron Champ

Top two, not otherwise exempt, in the top 10 and ties of 2020 Wyndham Championship (Aug. 13-16)

Jim Herman, Si Woo Kim

Top 10 aggregate points earners, not otherwise exempt, from the first five events of the 2020 European Tour United Kingdom Swing (tournaments end Aug. 23)

Sam Horsfield (WD-COVID), Thomas Detry, Andy Sullivan, Rasmus Hojgaard, Romain Langasque, Renato Paratore, Sami Valimaki, Connor Syme, Adrain Otaegui, Justin Harding.

Top five points earners from Korn Ferry Tour regular season points list (as of Aug. 9)

Will Zalatoris, Davis Riley, Lee Hodges, Taylor Pendrith, Paul Barjon

Top five points leaders from 2020 Korn Ferry Tour Finals (tournaments end Aug. 30)

Brandon Wu, Stephan Jaeger, Curtis Luck, Greyson Sigg, Dan McCarthy

Top two finishers from the 2019 Japan Golf Tour final Order of Merit (as of July 15)

Ryo Ishikawa (Note: Jung-Gon Hwang qualified by has withdrawn due to military service obligation)

Top finisher from 2019 Sunshine Tour final Order of Merit (as of July 15)

J.C. Ritchie

Top finisher from 2019 Asian Tour final Order of Merit (as of July 15)

Scott Hend

Top finisher from 2019 Australiasia Tour final Order of Merit (as of July 15)

Ryan Fox

Top three finishers from 2019 PGA Professional of the Year standings (originally was to be top three from 2020 edition before the event was canceled)

Ryan Vermeer, Marty Jertson, Danny Balin

Top seven ranked players from the World Amateur Golf Ranking (as of Aug. 19)

Takumi Kanaya, Ricky Castillo, Chun An Yu, Davis Thompson, Eduard Rousaud, Sandy Scott, John Pak

Top players on the Official World Golf Rankings as of Aug. 23, 2020 not otherwise qualified

Kevin Streelman, Harris English, J.T. Poston, Joaquin Niemann, Thomas Pieters, Max Homa, Lanto Griffin, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Matthias Schwab, Alex Noren, Matt Jones

Top players on the final FedEx Cup points list as of Sept. 7, 2020 not otherwise qualified

Sebastian Munoz, Brian Harman, Tyler Duncan, Mark Hubbard, Danny Lee

Alternates who have moved into the field

Paul Waring (replacing Brooks Koepka)
Branden Grace (replacing Scottie Scheffler)
Rory Sabbatini (replacing Sam Horsfield)

Once the field is set, the USGA will compile an alternate list for the championship using the OWGR.