2020-21 Qualifiers for majors, THE PLAYERS, WGCs

2020-21 Qualifiers for majors, THE PLAYERS, WGCs

Billy Horschel already had locked up an exemption into the Masters, but the winner of the World Golf Championship-Dell Technologies Match Play had other targets in his sights as he hunted the Walter Hagen Cup and captured his first victory in a WGC.

While spots in the PGA Championship and WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational were foregone conclusions, the 34-year-old secured fully exempt status on the PGA TOUR through the 2023-24 season. That might not seem like a big deal to a touring professional in his prime, but three-year membership exemptions sustain a foundation of security anyone happily would accept.

The second WGC of the 2020-21 season was the deadline to qualify for the Masters via the Official World Golf Ranking. Three inside the top 50 were not yet exempt – Robert MacIntyre (44th), Will Zalatoris (45th) and Brian Harman (49th). Of those chasing the exemption at Austin Country Club, only Harman played his way in. The lefty arrived slotted 59th and advanced to the quarterfinals where Matt Kuchar eliminated him.

Of the three, Harman is the only with prior experience in the Masters. He missed the cut in his debut in 2015 and finished T44 in 2018. The final exemption into the Masters is reserved for the winner of this week’s Valero Texas Open (from which Harman withdrew after the commitment deadline).

Earlier in the day, the Australasian Tour completed its 2020-21 season at the Golf Challenge NSW Open. When it was over, Brad Kennedy secured the top spot on the Order of Merit. Because of his margin entering the tournament, he was mathematically safe not to lose position, but exemptions into The Open Championship and the WGC-FedEx St. Jude officially are his. The 46-year-old Aussie missed the cut in both of his prior appearances at The Open (2011, 2012) and he’s never competed at TPC Southwind.

REMAINING QUALIFYING CRITERIA

Criteria are listed in chronological order where possible. Best estimates are given but all are subject to change.

MASTERS (MAS) @ Augusta National Golf Club – April 8-11
• Winners of PGA TOUR events that award full FedExCup points allocation for the TOUR Championship from the originally scheduled 2020 Masters (April 9-12) through the week before the 2021 Masters.
• Special invitations to international players per Masters Tournament Committee at its discretion.

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP (PGA) @ The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort – May 20-23
• Winners of PGA TOUR events thru the final week before the 2021 PGA Championship.
• Top 20 from PGA Professional Championship (April 28).
• Top 70 from special money list (i.e. “PGA Championship Points”) on PGA TOUR from 2020 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational/Barracuda Championship thru 2021 Wells Fargo Championship (May 9).
• *All 2018 Ryder Cup members, provided they are inside Top 100 of Official World Golf Ranking (May 10).
• Special exemptions per PGA of America. (This likely will include all golfers inside Top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking on May 10.)
• If necessary to complete the field of 156, golfers outside Top 70 from special money list (three lines above) will gain entry in order of position.

U.S. OPEN (US) @ Torrey Pines Golf Course (South) – June 17-20
• Winners of multiple PGA TOUR events that award full FedExCup points allocation since the originally scheduled 2020 U.S. Open (June 18-21, 2020).
• Winner of the Masters (April 11).
• Winner of the PGA Championship (May 23).
• Top 60 from Official World Golf Ranking (May 24).
• Sectional qualifying at one site in Dallas (May 24).
• Sectional qualifying at one site in Japan (May 24).
• Top 10 in Race to Dubai points, not otherwise exempt, from three-event series consisting of the Betfred British Masters (May 15), Made in HimmerLand (May 30) and Porsche European Open (June 6).
• Top 60 from Official World Golf Ranking (June 7).
• Sectional qualifying at one site in Canada and eight sites in the United States (June 7).
• Special exemptions per the USGA.

THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP (OPEN) @ Royal St. George’s Golf Club – July 15-18
• Winner of the Masters (April 11).
• Winner of the Asia Pacific Diamond Cup (May 16).
• Winner of the PGA Championship (May 23).
• Top 50 from Official World Golf Ranking (May 24).
• Top 2, not otherwise exempt, at The Mizuno Open (May 30).
• Winner of British Amateur, if still an amateur (June 19).
• Winner of U.S. Open (June 20).
• Winner of the European Amateur Championship, if still an amateur (June 26).
• Top 5 and ties, not otherwise exempt, inside Top 20 in Race to Dubai thru the BMW International Open (June 27).
• Top 5 and ties, not otherwise exempt, inside Top 20 in FedExCup points thru the Travelers Championship (June 27).
• Minimum of eight spots via Local Final Qualifying (June 29).