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All You Need to Know About the Upcoming 2023 U.S. Open

All You Need to Know About the Upcoming 2023 U.S. Open

The much-awaited 123rd version of the U.S. Open will take place from June 15-18 on the 7423-yard, par 70 North Course of The Los Angeles Country Club. This will be the first time the world-class golf course will be hosting a major championship in its 126 years of existence. Nonetheless, the city of Los Angeles, California will be thrilled to host the event for the first time since 1948, when Ben Hogan lifted the first of his four U.S. Open titles at The Riviera Country Club.

About The U.S. Open

The U.S. Open has been held annually since 1895 under the supervision of the USGA. The highly competitive event is among the world’s major golf tournaments and is open to amateur and professional golfers who earn their tickets either through qualifying events or being exempt from qualifying. The competition itself is a 72-hole stroke play event and in case of a tie after the fourth day, the contending golfers have to play a full 18-hole round to determine the winner, followed by a sudden death playoff if still remain tied.

Qualification Criteria & The 2023 U.S. Open Field

Option 1: Being Exempt from Qualifying

There are 24 categories for full exemptions into the U.S. Open that a golfer must meet to avoid going through qualifying events. Below we look at some of the criteria and golfers that have qualified that way into the 2023 US Open:

  • Winners of the U.S. Open for the last 10 years (2013-22)

E.g. Matt Fitzpatrick (defending champion), Brooks Koepka, and Martin Kaymer.

  • The leading ten players, and those tying for tenth place, in the 2022 U.S. Open

E.g. Denny McCarthy, Rory McIlroy, and Keegan Bradley.

  • Winner of the 2022 U.S. Senior Open

i.e. Pádraig Harrington

  • Winner of the 2022 U.S. Amateur

i.e. Sam Bennet

  • Winners of the 2022 U.S. Mid-Amateur and U.S. Junior Amateur, and the runner-up in the 2022 U.S. Amateur

i.e. Ding Wenyi, Ben Carr, and Matthew McClean.

  • Masters Tournament Winners (2019-2023)

E.g. Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama, and Scottie Scheffler.

  • PGA Championship Winners (2018-2023)

E.g. Phil Mickelson

  • Winners of The Open Championship, conducted by The R&A (2018-2022)

E.g. Francesco Molinari 

  • Recent winners of The Players Championship (2021–2023)

E.g. Cameron Smith and Justin Thomas

  • Winner of the 2022 DP World Tour BMW PGA Championship

i.e. Shane Lowry

  • All players who qualified and were eligible for the 2022 Tour Championship

E.g. Sam Burns, Patrick Cantlay, Corey Conners, Tony Finau, and Brian Harman

  • Winners of multiple PGA TOUR events from the 2022 U.S. Open to the start of the 2023 tournament

E.g. Tom Kim

  • Top 5 players in the FedExCup standings as of May 22, that are not yet exempt

E.g. Hayden Buckley, Mackenzie Hughes, Taylor Montgomery, and, Andrew Putnam

  • The top player on the 2022 Korn Ferry Tour full-season points list

i.e. Justin Suh

  • The top players from the final 2022 DP World Tour Rankings, that are not otherwise exempt as of May 22

E.g. Thriston Lawrence and Jordan Smith