USGA Announces 26 Additional Players Exempt for 119th U.S. Open Championship
2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk and U.S. Amateur champions Matthew Fitzpatrick and Byeong Hun An among latest exempt group

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. (May 20, 2019) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that 26 additional golfers, including 2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk and U.S. Amateur champions Matthew Fitzpatrick and Byeong Hun An, have earned full exemptions into the 2019 U.S. Open Championship, to be played June 13-16 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. These exemptions bring the number of fully exempt players to 76.

All 26 exemptions were awarded to players who earned a place in the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) as of May 19. Furyk, who won the U.S. Open at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club and is a three-time runner-up (2006, 2007, 2016), is ranked No. 51. It will be Furyk’s 25th U.S. Open. Fitzpatrick, who is competing in his fifth U.S. Open, won the 2013 U.S. Amateur and is ranked No. 33. An, who claimed the 2009 U.S. Amateur, is ranked No. 57 and will play in his sixth U.S. Open.

The other players who earned full exemptions through the current Official World Golf Ranking are: Abraham Ancer, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Lucas Bjerregaard, Rafael Cabrera Bello, Branden Grace, Justin Harding, J.B. Holmes, Charles Howell III, Kevin Kisner, Haotong Li, Luke List, Shane Lowry, Keith Mitchell, Alex Noren, Thorbjorn Olesen, Louis Oosthuizen, Cheng Tsung Pan, Eddie Pepperell, Ian Poulter, Chez Reavie, Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker and Matt Wallace. Reavie (2001) and Snedeker (2003) are past U.S. Amateur Public Links champions.

At No. 20, Oosthuizen is the highest-ranked player in the current OWGR who was not previously exempt into the U.S. Open. Oosthuizen, who won the 2010 Open Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, will compete in his 10th U.S. Open. He was the runner-up with Dustin Johnson to Jordan Spieth in 2015 at Chambers Bay.

List moved up 18 spots from the previous world ranking to No. 58 as of this week. List, who will play in his fifth U.S. Open, has posted four top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, including sixth in the PGA Championship. In 2018, he lost in a sudden-death playoff to Justin Thomas at the Honda Classic.

Any multiple winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship will also earn an exemption. The number of fully exempt golfers may increase with the addition of the top 60 players from the OWGR as of Monday, June 10.

The first of nine U.S. sectional qualifiers for the 2019 U.S. Open was conducted on May 20, in Dallas, Texas, where 10 spots in the 156-player field were determined. Japan (Kuwana Country Club) and England (Walton Heath Golf Club) will host international sectional qualifying, scheduled for May 27 and June 3, respectively. A sectional qualifier will be contested for the first time in Canada (RattleSnake Point Golf Club) on June 3. Those players who qualify are in addition to the 76 fully exempt players listed below.

Sectional qualifying in the United States, at 36 holes, will take place at eight sites on Monday, June 3. The sites are: Big Canyon Country Club & Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, Calif.; Streamsong Resort (Black Course), Bowling Green, Fla.; Hawks Ridge Golf Club, Ball Ground, Ga.; Woodmont Country Club (North Course), Rockville, Md.; Century Country Club & Old Oaks Country Club, Purchase, N.Y.; Brookside Golf & Country Club & Scioto Country Club, Columbus, Ohio; Springfield (Ohio) Country Club; and Wine Valley Golf Club, Walla Walla, Wash.

Pebble Beach Golf Links has hosted the U.S. Open in five consecutive decades and the 119th edition will be the 13th USGA championship to be conducted at the resort. In 1972, Jack Nicklaus won the third of his record-tying four U.S. Opens. Tom Watson and Tom Kite claimed their lone U.S. Open titles in 1982 and 1992, respectively. In 2000, Tiger Woods won the first of his three U.S. Opens with a historic 15-stroke triumph, and Graeme McDowell became the first European in 40 years to win the U.S. Open in 2010. Woods, who also won the 2002 and 2008 U.S. Opens, and McDowell are exempt into the 2019 championship.

A list of the 76 golfers fully exempt into the 2019 U.S. Open as of May 20 (not including the sectional qualifiers from Texas) is below. It can also be found at this link:

More information about the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, including local and sectional qualifying, is available at

The list of the 76 golfers who are fully exempt into the 2019 U.S. Open (as of May 20):

Byeong Hun An                         13

Abraham Ancer                         13

Kiradech Aphibarnrat                 13

Daniel Berger                            11

Lucas Bjerregaard                     13

a-Devon Bling                           2

Keegan Bradley                        12, 13

Rafael Cabrera Bello                 13

Patrick Cantlay                          12, 13

Paul Casey                               12, 13  

Jason Day                                7, 12, 13

Bryson DeChambeau                 9, 12, 13

Ernie Els                                  15

Tony Finau                                11, 12, 13

Matthew Fitzpatrick                   13

Tommy Fleetwood                     11, 12, 13

Rickie Fowler                            12, 13

Jim Furyk                                 13

Sergio Garcia                            5, 13    

Lucas Glover                           1

Branden Grace                          13

Justin Harding                           13

Tyrrell Hatton                            11, 13

J.B. Holmes                              13

Billy Horschel                            12, 13

a-Viktor Hovland                       2

Charles Howell III                       13

Dustin Johnson                       1, 9, 11, 12, 13

Zach Johnson                           6         

Martin Kaymer                         1

Si Woo Kim                               8, 13

Kevin Kisner                              13

Patton Kizzire                            12

Brooks Koepka                       1, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13

Matt Kuchar                              9, 13

Marc Leishman                          12, 13

Haotong Li                                13

Luke List                                   13

Shane Lowry                             13

Hideki Matsuyama                     12, 13

Graeme McDowell                    1

Rory McIlroy                             1, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13

Phil Mickelson                           12, 13

Keith Mitchell                            13

Francesco Molinari                    6, 9, 12, 13

Kevin Na                                   12, 13

Alex Noren                                13

a-Kevin O’Connell                      2

Thorbjorn Olesen                       13

Louis Oosthuizen                       13

Cheng Tsung Pan                     13

Eddie Pepperell                         13

Ian Poulter                                13

Jon Rahm                                 12, 13

Chez Reavie                             13

a-Jovan Rebula                         3

Patrick Reed                             5, 11, 12, 13     

Justin Rose                              1, 11, 12, 13

Xander Schauffele                    9, 11, 12, 13

Adam Scott                              13

Webb Simpson                        1, 8, 11, 12, 13

Cameron Smith                         12, 13

Brandt Snedeker                       13

Jordan Spieth                          1, 5, 6, 13

Kyle Stanley                              12, 13

Henrik Stenson                         6, 11, 13

Justin Thomas                           7, 12, 13

a-Michael Thorbjornsen              2

David Toms                              10                    

Jimmy Walker                            7

Matt Wallace                             13

Bubba Watson                          12, 13

Danny Willett                             5

Aaron Wise                               12

Gary Woodland                         12, 13

Tiger Woods                            5, 9, 12, 13       

Bold – U.S. Open champion      a-amateur

Key to Player Exemptions:

  1. Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last 10 years (2009-19)
  2. Winner of the 2018 U.S. Amateur, U.S. Junior Amateur & U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships and 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship runner-up (must be an amateur)
  3. Winner of the 2018 Amateur Championship, conducted by The R&A (must be an amateur)
  4. Winner of the 2018 Mark H. McCormack Medal (top-ranked in WAGR & must be an amateur)
  5. Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years (2015-19)
  6. Winners of The Open Championship, conducted by The R&A, the last five years (2014-18)
  7. Winners of the PGA of America Championship the last five years (2014-19)
  8. Winners of The Players Championship the last three years (2017-19)
  9. Multiple winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation (2018-19)
  10. Winner of the 2018 U.S. Senior Open Championship
  11. From the 2018 U.S. Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place
  12. Those players who qualified for the season-ending 2018 Tour Championship
  13. Top 60 point leaders and ties from the current World Ranking as of May 20, 2019
  14. Top 60 point leaders and ties from the current World Ranking as of June 10, 2019
  15. Special exemptions selected by the USGA

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