Representing the start of an exciting and dramatic process in which thousands of golfers from around the world will pursue the chance to play in the U.S. Open Championship, local qualifying takes place this year at 111 sites across the country between May 4 and May 21. Each local qualifier consists of 18 holes, with several players, determined by the size of the field, advancing to sectional qualifying. The USGA relies heavily on state and regional golf associations to conduct qualifiers within their jurisdictions.
This is where the road to the U.S. Open begins for the vast majority of the professionals and amateurs with a Handicap Index of 1.4 or less who apply to play in the championship. As they do every year, a handful of entrants will navigate both local and sectional qualifying to earn spots in the 156-player field at Chambers Bay. The odds are long, but the qualifying process gives everyone with a dream a chance to play in the national championship.
(a) denotes amateur status. Alt denotes an alternate for that local qualifier.