2018 U.S. Open: Who's Exempt?

By Ryan Watson

The 2018 U.S. Open takes place June 14-17 at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club located on Long Island, NY. It is the 118th edition of the tournament and one of golf’s four major championships. The event is open to any professional golfer or any amateur with a USGA Handicap of 1.4 or less. The entire field is 156 golfers, with about half earning their qualifications through regional tournaments in the U.S., England and Japan. The other half gain automatic qualification primarily through past performances. The following is a list of all the different exemptions and the players automatically qualified for the 2018 U.S. Open through those exemptions. When a golfer is exempt through multiple ways only his first exemption is listed. 

 

U.S. Open Championship Winners from the last ten years

Brooks Koepka 
Dustin Johnson 
Jordan Spieth 
Martin Kaymer 
Justin Rose 
Webb Simpson 
Rory McIlroy 
Graeme McDowell 
Lucas Glover 
Tiger Woods 

2017 U.S. Amateur Winner and runner-up

Doug Ghim
**Winner Doc Redman forfeited his exemption by turning professional before the U.S. Open

2017 U.S. Junior Amateur Winner

Noah Goodwin 

2017 Mid-America Amateur Winner

Matt Parziale

2017 British Amateur Championship Winner

Harry Ellis 

Masters Tournament Winners from the last five years

Patrick Reed 
Sergio García 
Bubba Watson
Danny Willett

Open Championship Winners from the last five years

Zach Johnson
Henrik Stenson
Phil Mickelson 

PGA Championship Winners from the last five years

Jason Day 
Jason Dufner 
Justin Thomas 
Jimmy Walker 

The Players Championship Winner from the last three years

Kim Si-woo

2018 BMW PGA Championship Winner

Francesco Molinari

2017 U.S. Senior Open Championship Winner

Kenny Perry

The 10 lowest scorers plus all 10th place ties from the 2017 U.S. Open Championship

Tommy Fleetwood
Rickie Fowler
Bill Haas
Brian Harman
Charley Hoffman 
Hideki Matsuyama 
Trey Mullinax
Xander Schauffele
Brandt Snedeker

Qualified Golfers from the 2017 Tour Championship Event

Daniel Berger
Patrick Cantlay
Paul Casey
Kevin Chappell 
Tony Finau 
Adam Hadwin 
Russell Henley
Kevin Kisner 
Matt Kuchar 
Marc Leishman 
Pat Perez 
Jon Rahm 
Kyle Stanley
Jhonattan Vegas
Gary Woodland

The top 60 Official World Golf Ranking point leaders and ties as of May 21, 2018 

Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Rafael Cabrera-Bello
Bryson DeChambeau
Ross Fisher
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Dylan Frittelli
Branden Grace
Chesson Hadley
Tyrrell Hatton
Charles Howell III
Satoshi Kodaira
Alexander Lévy
Li Haotong
Luke List
Alexander Norén
Louis Oosthuizen
Ian Poulter
Chez Reavie
Charl Schwartzel
Cameron Smith
Brendan Steele
Peter Uihlein

USGA Special Exemptions

Ernie Els
Jim Furyk

**In addition, all golfers in the top 60 Official World Golf Ranking point leaders and ties as of June 11, 2018 will also be given an exemption. 

 


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About The Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.

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