Thirty additional golfers, including major champions Adam Scott and Keegan Bradley, have earned full exemptions into the 2022 U.S. Open Championship, to be played June 16-19 at The Country Club, in Brookline, Mass. These exemptions bring the number of fully exempt players to 79.
Exemptions were awarded to 27 players who earned a place in the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking® (OWGR) as of May 23, who were not otherwise exempt. Scott, who will compete in his 21st U.S. Open, won the 2013 Masters Tournament. He is ranked No. 42. Bradley, who won the 2011 PGA Championship, is ranked No. 46. It will be Bradley’s 10th U.S. Open.
At No. 14, Will Zalatoris is the highest-ranked player in the current OWGR who was not previously exempt into the U.S. Open. Zalatoris, who will play in his fourth U.S. Open, finished second in the PGA Championship on Sunday, losing to Justin Thomas in a playoff. Mito Pereira moved up 51 spots from his previous world ranking to No. 49 by tying for third in the PGA and will compete in his second U.S. Open.
The other players who earned full exemptions through the current Official World Golf Ranking are: Adri Arnaus, Richard Bland, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Tommy Fleetwood, Talor Gooch, Brian Harman, Tyrrell Hatton, Russell Henley, Lucas Herbert, Tom Hoge, Kevin Kisner, Si Woo Kim, K.H. Lee, Min Woo Lee, Marc Leishman, Sebastian Munoz, Alex Noren, Thomas Pieters, Seamus Power, Sepp Straka, Cameron Tringale, Harold Varner III and Cameron Young.
Fitzpatrick, who will compete in the U.S. Open for the eighth time, won the U.S. Amateur in 2013 at The Country Club. Harman (No. 53) and Fleetwood (No. 41), who were U.S. Open runners-up in 2017 and 2018, respectively, also earned entry through the OWGR.
Three other players earned exemptions based on their performances on other professional tours. Joohyung Kim was the top finisher on the 2020-21 Asian Tour Final Order of Merit. Jed Morgan earned his spot as the top finisher on the 2021-22 ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Final Order of Merit. Shaun Norris is currently the leading player on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit.
Max Homa gained a full exemption when he captured the Wells Fargo Championship on May 8, his second PGA Tour victory this season that awarded a full-point allocation. He is also currently No. 29 in the OWGR.
In addition, the top 10 aggregate point earners, who are otherwise not exempt, in the four-event U.S. Open 2022 European Qualifying Series (Betfred British Masters, Soudal Open, Dutch Open and Porsche European Open) will earn places in the U.S. Open. 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 6.
The first of nine U.S. final qualifiers for the 2022 U.S. Open is being held today in Dallas. Japan completed their 36-hole international qualifier earlier today.
Other 36-hole final qualifiers will take place at nine additional sites on June 6: RattleSnake Point Golf Club (CopperHead Course), Milton, Ontario, Canada; The Olympic Club (Ocean Course), San Francisco; The Club at Admiral’s Cove (North and West Courses), Jupiter, Fla.; Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek Course), Roswell, Ga.; Woodmont Country Club (North Course), Rockville, Md.; Century Country Club & Old Oaks Country Club, Purchase, N.Y.; Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club & Wedgewood Golf and Country Club, Columbus, Ohio; Springfield (Ohio) Country Club; and Pronghorn Resort (Nicklaus Course), Bend, Ore.
The U.S. Open has previously been contested at The Country Club in 1913, 1963 and 1988 and each championship was decided in a playoff. One of the five founding member clubs of the USGA, the club will host its 17th USGA championship overall and first since the 2013 U.S. Amateur.
A list of the 79 golfers fully exempt into the 2022 U.S. Open as of May 23 (not including the final qualifiers from Texas and Japan) can be found by clicking here.