USGA Unveils List of Women’s U.S. Open Exemptions

The USGA has released its exemption categories for the 2020 Women’s U.S. Open. 

The Open will be played from December 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. 

“We are extremely pleased to still provide the world’s best professional and amateur players the opportunity to compete for this historic championship, despite forgoing qualifying. After carefully examining previous years, these exemption categories allow us to closely mirror a traditional field, and we are excited to witness one of these players win what will truly be a milestone 75th U.S. Women’s Open,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships.

The field will be made up entirely of exempt players due to the coronavirus. 

The Exemptions 

The 2020 field of 156 players will include the top 75 point leaders and ties from the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, as of March 16. 

Players who finished in the top 30 of the LPGA Tour’s 2019 Race to the CME Globe Final Points Cup list will also be exempt.

According to the USGA, players who are not already exempt can earn a spot from their position on LPGA Tour’s 2020 official money list (top 10) or the Symetra Tour’s official money list (top 5) through November 11.

Exemptions will also be available based on performances in the following events on the 2020 LPGA Tour schedule: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, Cambria Portland Classic, ShopRite Classic and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

The World Amateur Golf Ranking will be used to fill the amateur contingent at Champions Golf Club, as the top 20 point leaders who are not otherwise exempt as of November 4 will be added to the six amateur categories already employed. 

When it comes to international qualifying, the final rankings on the 2019 Ladies European Tour Order of Merit and the final money lists on the 2019 Japan LPGA Tour, Korean LPGA Tour and China LPGA Tour will help to round out the field.

Remaining spots in the championship will be filled using the Rolex Rankings as of Novemner 9.

Eleven U.S. Women’s Open champions currently meet exemption categories, including two-time winner Inbee Park (2008, 2013) and Jeongeun Lee6, who claimed the title last year at the Country Club of Charleston. Joining Park and Lee6 are: Eun-Hee Ji (2009), Paula Creamer (2010), So Yeon Ryu (2011), Na Yeon Choi (2012), Michelle Wie (2014), In Gee Chun (2015), Brittany Lang (2016), Sung Hyun Park (2017) and Ariya Jutanugarn (2018).

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