US Open 2024: The field is set for the third Major of the season at Pinehurst

Who is playing in the 2024 US Open golf tournament at Pinehurst? 156 players will tee it up in the year’s third men’s Major in North Carolina.

Major season is racing by and we’re counting down the days to the 124th playing of the US Open, where defending champion Wyndham Clark is among those guaranteed to be in the 156-man field as the year’s penultimate Major returns to Pinehurst No.2 for the first time since Martin Kaymer’s dominant eight-shot win in 2014.

Kaymer, the first continental European to win the tournament, now plies his trade on LIV Golf but the German will tee it up at Pinehurst thanks to his ten-year winner’s exemption.

Wyndham Clark heads to Pinehurst as the defending champion.

Champion Clark is in desperate need of some Major form having missed the cut at both The Masters and PGA Championship. The World No.4 has played 12 events in 2024 and is having a mixed season. While he won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, finished runner-up at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Players Championship, and enjoyed a T3 at the RBC Heritage, his best finish elsewhere is a T29 at The Sentry alongside four missed cuts.

In total 156 players have stamped their tickets to play at Pinehurst, including 2024 Major champions Scottie Scheffler and Xander Schauffele. The World No.1 and World No.2 will be joined by a host of the game’s biggest names, including Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Collin Morikawa, Max Homa, Patrick Cantlay and Ludvig Aberg. The young Swede, who shone at the 2023 Ryder Cup, will tee it up in just his third Major and first US Open. He finished runner-up at The Masters on his Major debut before missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

One man no longer in the field is 2021 winner and two-time Major champion Jon Rahm. The Spaniard arrived at Pinehurst and addressed media before announcing his withdrawal with a foot injury.

Tiger Woods won't be adding to his Majors tally at the US Open.

Is Tiger Woods playing in the US Open?

Yes. Tiger Woods has received a special exemption from the USGA and will play the US Open for the first time since 2020 at Winged Foot where he missed the cut. The 15-time Major champion, who won three of his Gran Slams at this tournament (2000, 2002, and 2008), has never lifted the trophy at Pinehurst but that looks unlikely to change in 2024. The 48-year-old missed the cut at May’s US PGA Championship having not played since The Masters in April, where he made the cut for a record-breaking 24th consecutive time before finishing 60th.

Woods hasn’t played a competitive event since the US PGA Championship, in the run-up to the US Open. He has endured a dismal run of Major form since his shock victory at Augusta in 2019. He has played 12 Grand Slam events since then and his record reads CUT-T21-CUT-T38-T37-CUT-47-WD-CUT-WD-60-CUT.

Woods missed the 2023 event having undergone subtalar fusion surgery in April to address post-traumatic arthritis from a previous fracture in the lower ankle joint. He is 200/1 to win at Pinehurst – among the highest odds ever offered for the Californian at a Major.

Brooks Koepka is looking to win his third US Open.

Which LIV players will be at Pinehurst?

The Saudi-backed Tour will have a decent presence at Pinehurst with 12 LIV golfers exempt for the US Open.

Brooks Koepka will be aiming to win his third US Open and sixth Major title, while Bryson DeChambeau, who won this tournament in 2020, will hope to go one better than his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship. They will be joined by six-time Major champion Phil Mickelson, who needs a victory at the US Open to complete the Career Grand Slam. If he achieves it, he’ll also break his own record as the oldest Major champion (50 years, 11 months, and 7 days) set at the 2021 US PGA.

Dustin Johnson, who has a Masters and US Open title to their names, will be hoping to win a third Major, while Cameron Smith will look to add a US Open to the Claret Jug he won at The 150th Open in 2022, just weeks before he joined LIV.

England’s Tyrrell Hatton will be seeking his first Major victory, as will Poland’s Adrian Meronk, while Spain’s Eugenio Chacarra will be playing in his first Major having qualified from a mammoth Final Qualifying day at Dallas Athletic Club.

Sergio Garcia Final Qualifying Open 2023

It wasn’t such good news for his fellow countryman Sergio Garcia who missed out in a playoff at the same qualifier. He looked set to miss his first US Open since 1999, but he picked up one of the spots as an alternate – chalking his name off the list of the biggest stars missing the 124th US Open.

Carlos Ortiz, Abraham Ancer, Caleb Surratt, Brendan Steele, and Kevin Na also missed out, while Patrick Reed’s streak of playing every Major since the 2014 Masters will end after he withdrew late on.

Neal Shipley wins the Low Amateur title at Augusta National.

How many amateurs are in the US Open field?

Sixteen amateurs are set to tee it up at Pinehurst. Parker Bell (qualifier), Gunnar Broin (qualifier), Jackson Buchanan (qualifier), Luke Clanton (qualifier), Santiago De la Fuente (winner of Latin America Amateur Championship), Stewart Hagestad (winner of U.S. Mid-Amateur Golf Championship), Benjamin James (qualifier), Bryan Kim (winner of U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Championship), Ashton McCulloch (qualifier), Omar Morales (qualifier), Colin Prater (qualifier), Gordon Sargent (Mark H. McCormack Medal winner as World Amateur Golf Ranking No.1), Neal Shipley (U.S. Amateur Golf Championship runner-up), Hiroshi Tai (NCAA champion), Brendan Valdes (qualifier), and Wells Williams (qualifier) will be looking to win the medal for leading amateur – a prize that was introduced in 1979. Nick Dunlap, who beat Shipley to win the 2023 U.S. Amateur Championship and qualify for the US Open has since won on the PGA Tour and turned professional. He will play at Pinehurst but be ineligible for the medal.

Among the previous winners of the US Open leading amateur are Viktor Hovland (2019), Scottie Scheffler (2017), Jon Rahm (2016), Matt Fitzpatrick (2014), Jordan Spieth (2012), Patrick Cantlay (2011), Matt Kuchar (1998), Phil Mickelson (1990, 1991) and Fred Couples (1979).

US Open 2024: Final Pinehurst Field

(a) denotes amateurs

  • Byeong-Hun An
  • Ludvig Aberg
  • Sam Bairstow
  • Parker Bell (a)
  • Sam Bennett
  • Daniel Berger
  • Christiaan Bezuidenhout
  • Akshay Bhatia
  • Otto Black
  • Zac Blair
  • Keegan Bradley
  • Gunnar Broin (a)
  • Jackson Buchanan (a)
  • Dean Burmester
  • Sam Burns
  • Brian Campbell
  • Patrick Cantlay
  • Frankie Capan III
  • John Chin
  • Luke Clanton (a)
  • Wyndham Clark
  • Eric Cole
  • Corey Conners
  • Cameron Davis
  • Jason Day
  • Santiago De la Fuente (a)
  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Thomas Detry
  • Nick Dunlap
  • Nico Echavarría
  • Austin Eckroat
  • Harris English
  • Tony Finau
  • Matt Fitzpatrick
  • Tommy Fleetwood
  • Grant Forrest
  • Rickie Fowler
  • Ryan Fox
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Lucas Glover
  • Max Greyserman
  • Emiliano Grillo
  • Chesson Hadley
  • Adam Hadwin
  • Stewart Hagestad (a)
  • Brian Harman
  • Tyrrell Hatton
  • Russell Henley
  • Jim Herman
  • Harry Higgs
  • Rico Hoey
  • Tom Hoge
  • Nicolai Hojgaard
  • Max Homa
  • Billy Horschel
  • Rikuya Hoshino
  • Beau Hossler
  • Viktor Hovland
  • Mark Hubbard
  • Mackenzie Hughes
  • Sungjae Im
  • Ryo Ishikawa
  • Stephan Jaeger
  • Benjamin James (a)
  • Casey Jarvis
  • Carter Jenkins
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Takumi Kanaya
  • Sung Kang
  • Riki Kawamoto
  • Martin Kaymer
  • Riki Kawamoto
  • Bryan Kim (a)
  • Si Woo Kim
  • Tom Kim
  • Bryan Kim (a)
  • S.H. Kim
  • Chris Kirk
  • Kurt Kitayama
  • Frederik Kjettrup
  • Jake Knapp
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Ben Kohles
  • Matt Kuchar
  • Min Woo Lee
  • Eugenio Lopez Chacarra
  • Justin Lower
  • Shane Lowry
  • Robert MacIntyre
  • Willie Mack III
  • Peter Malnati
  • Matteo Manassero
  • Richard Mansell
  • Hideki Matsuyama
  • Logan McAllister
  • Denny McCarthy
  • Ashton McCulloch (a)
  • Michael McGowan
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Tom McKibbin
  • Mac Meissner
  • Adrian Meronk
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Maxwell Moldovan
  • Edoardo Molinari
  • Francesco Molinari
  • Taylor Moore
  • Omar Morales (a)
  • Collin Morikawa
  • Chris Naegel
  • Alex Noren
  • Matthieu Pavon
  • Taylor Pendrith
  • Victor Perez
  • Chris Petefish
  • J.T. Poston
  • Séamus Power
  • Colin Prater (a)
  • David Puig
  • Aaron Rai
  • Charlie Reiter 
  • Brandon Robinson Thompson
  • Robert Rock
  • Justin Rose
  • Isaiah Salinda
  • Gordon Sargent (a)
  • Carson Schaake
  • Xander Schauffele
  • Scottie Scheffler
  • Adam Schenk
  • Adam Scott
  • Jason Scrivener
  • Taisei Shimizu
  • Neal Shipley (a)
  • Greyson Sigg
  • Webb Simpson
  • Cameron Smith
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Sepp Straka
  • Jackson Suber
  • Adam Svensson
  • Andrew Svoboda
  • Hiroshi Tai (a)
  • Nick Taylor
  • Sahith Theegala
  • Justin Thomas
  • Davis Thompson
  • Brendon Todd
  • Brendan Valdes (a)
  • Erik van Rooyen
  • Joey Vrzich
  • Tim Widing
  • Wells Williams (a)
  • Gary Woodland
  • Tiger Woods
  • Brandon Wu
  • Cameron Young
  • Will Zalatoris

What are the USGA qualification criteria for the 2024 US Open?

  • Winners of the U.S. Open the last 10 years
  • From the 2023 U.S. Open, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place
  • Winner of the 2023 U.S. Senior Open
  • Winner of the 2023 U.S. Amateur
  • Winners of the 2023 U.S. Junior Amateur and U.S. Mid-Amateur, and the 2023 U.S. Amateur runner-up (must still be an amateur)
  • Winners of the Masters Tournament from 2020-2024
  • Winners of the PGA Championship the last five years (including current year)
  • Winners of the Open Championship (British Open) from 2022-24
  • Winner of the 2023 European BMW PGA Championship
  • Players who qualified and were eligible for the 2023 Tour Championship
  • Multiple winners of PGA Tour events that award full-point allocation for the FedEx Cup, from the conclusion of the 2023 U.S. Open to the initiation of the 2024 U.S. Open
  • Top 5 players in the 2024 FedExCup standings as of May 20, 2024, who are not otherwise exempt
  • Points leader from the 2023 Korn Ferry Tour season
  • Top two players from the final 2023 Race to Dubai Rankings who are not otherwise exempt as of May 20, 2024
  • Top player on the 2024 Race to Dubai Rankings as of May 20, 2024 who is not otherwise exempt
  • Winner of 2023 the Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
  • Winner of the 2023 Mark H. McCormack Medal (Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking who must be an amateur)
  • Winner of the 2024 NCAA Division I Men’s Individual Golf Championship (must be an amateur)
  • Winner of the 2024 Latin America Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
  • From the current Official World Golf Ranking, the top 60 points leaders and ties as of May 20, 2024.
  • From the current Official World Golf Ranking, the top 60 points leaders and ties as of June 10, 2024, if not previously exempt
  • Special exemptions as selected by the USGA. (Deadline for submission of a request was May 15, 2024)

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