Roll Call: Check Out Who is Already in the 2020 U.S. Open
October 28, 2019 Liberty Corner, N.J. By David Shefter, USGA
2011 champion Rory McIlroy is one of 50 players already fully exempt for the 120th U.S. Open at Winged Foot. (USGA/Darren Carroll)

The field is starting to take shape for the 120th U.S. Open Championship, to be played June 18-21 at historic Winged Foot Golf Club just north of New York City. Competitors can earn their spots by one of two ways – exemptions or via qualifying, which will take place next spring.

Of course, everyone would like to avoid the long and challenging exercise known as 36-hole final qualifying. To do that, a player must earn an exemption through at least one of 17 categories, including the last 10 U.S. Open champions, and champions of the other three majors over the past five years. Any player qualifying for the season-ending Tour Championship on the PGA Tour also automatically gains entry, as does the winner of the previous BMW Championship on the European PGA Tour, the reigning U.S. Senior Open champion and the winner of the last three Players Championships.

Players who don’t meet any of those criteria can also earn their way by either winning multiple PGA Tour events that offer full FedEx Cup points between the conclusion of the 2019 U.S. Open and start of the 2020 U.S. Open, or by being among the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking as of May 18, 2020, or June 15, 2020 (Monday of U.S. Open week).

Amateurs have avenues as well with the champions of the most recent U.S. Amateur, U.S. Junior Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur and Amateur Championship conducted by The R&A gaining entry. In the case of the U.S. Amateur champion, it is now no longer required that he remain an amateur to take advantage of the exemption. In addition, the U.S. Amateur runner-up and the recipient of the Mark H. McCormack Medal, awarded to the leading amateur in the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ following the U.S. Amateur Championship, earn exemptions.

The following is the current list of players who are exempt by the various categories (Note: All exemption categories are subject to change, and players still must file an entry by the deadline):

Bold: First time a player is listed

Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last 10 years:

Gary Woodland (2019)
Brooks Koepka (2018)
Brooks Koepka (2017)
Dustin Johnson (2016)
Jordan Spieth (2015)
Martin Kaymer (2014)
Justin Rose (2013)
Webb Simpson (2012)
Rory McIlroy (2011)
Graeme McDowell (2010)

From the 2019 U.S. Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place:

Gary Woodland
Brooks Koepka
Xander Schauffele
Jon Rahm
Chez Reavie
Justin Rose
Adam Scott
Louis Oosthuizen
Henrik Stenson
Chesson Hadley
Rory McIlroy

Winner of the 2019 U.S. Senior Open Championship:

Steve Stricker

Winner of the 2019 U.S. Amateur Championship:

Andy Ogletree

Winners of the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships, and the 2019 U.S. Amateur runner-up (must be an amateur):

Preston Summerhays (U.S. Junior Amateur)
Lukas Michel (U.S. Mid-Amateur)
John Augenstein (U.S. Amateur runner-up)

Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years (2016-2000):

Tiger Woods (2019)
Patrick Reed (2018)
Sergio Garcia (2017)
Danny Willett (2016)

Winners of the PGA of America Championship from 2015-2020 (NOTE: USGA will file blank entry for player who becomes exempt after close of entries):

Brooks Koepka (2019)
Brooks Koepka (2018)
Justin Thomas (2017)
Jimmy Walker (2016)
Jason Day (2015)

Winners of The Open Championship conducted by The R&A the last five years (2015-19):

Shane Lowry (2019)
Francesco Molinari (2018)
Jordan Spieth (2017)
Henrik Stenson (2016)
Zach Johnson (2015)

Winners of The Players Championship in the last three years (2018-2020):

Rory McIlroy (2019)
Webb Simpson (2018)

Winner of the 2019 European BMW Championship:

Danny Willett

Those players qualifying for the season-ending 2019 Tour Championship:

Rory McIlroy
Xander Schauffele
Justin Thomas
Brooks Koepka
Paul Casey
Adam Scott
Tony Finau
Chez Reavie
Patrick Reed
Kevin Kisner
Hideki Matsuyama
Bryson DeChambeau
Jon Rahm
Jason Kokrak
Gary Woodland
Tommy Fleetwood
Webb Simpson
Matt Kuchar
Sung Jae Im
Rickie Fowler
Louis Oosthuizen
Abraham Ancer
Patrick Cantlay
Marc Leishman
Brandt Snedeker
Justin Rose
Corey Conners
Charles Howell III
Dustin Johnson
Lucas Glover

Multiple winners of PGA Tour events that award full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship, from the conclusion of the 2019 U.S. Open to the initiation of the 2020 U.S. Open. (NOTE: Blank entries will be filed by the USGA for players who become exempt after the close of entries):

Justin Thomas

Winner of 2019 Amateur Championship conducted by The R&A (must be an amateur):

James Sugrue

Winner of the 2019 Mark H. McCormack Medal (Men's World Amateur  Golf Ranking; must be an amateur):

Cole Hammer

From the current Official World Golf Ranking, the top 60 points leaders and ties as of May 18, 2020. Players must select a qualifying site at the time of entry. (NOTE: Blank entries will be filed by the USGA for players who become exempt after close of entries):

To be determined on May 18, 2020

From the current Official World Golf Ranking, the top 60 points leaders and ties as of June 15, 2020. Players must select a qualifying site at the time of entry. (NOTE: Blank entries will be filed by the USGA for players who become exempt after close of entries):

To be determined on June 15, 2020

Special exemptions selected by the USGA

TBD