U.S. SENIOR OPEN

Currently Exempt Players for 2024 U.S. Senior Open

By USGA

| Feb 15, 2024 | Liberty Corner, N.J.

Currently Exempt Players for 2024 U.S. Senior Open

Here is the current list of exempt players for the 43rd U.S. Senior Open Championship, which will be conducted June 27-30 at Newport (R.I.) Country Club. Those players not exempt can earn their way into the field via qualifying.

BOLD denotes a first time a player is listed and (a) indicates an amateur.  

1. Winners of the U.S. Senior Open Championship (2013-23):

Bernhard Langer (2023)
Padraig Harrington (2022)

Jim Furyk (2021)
Steve Stricker (2019)
David Toms (2018)
Kenny Perry (2017)
Gene Sauers (2016)
Jeff Maggert (2015)

Colin Montgomerie (2014)
Kenny Perry (2013)
Note: 2020 championship canceled due to COVID-19

2. Winners of the U.S. Senior Open since 2010 who have not yet reached their 66th birthday on or before June 30, 2024:

Padraig Harrington (2022)
Jim Furyk (2021)
Steve Stricker (2019)
David Toms (2018)
Kenny Perry (2017)
Gene Sauers (2016)
Jeff Maggert (2015)
Colin Montgomerie (2014)
Kenny Perry (2013)
Roger Chapman (2012)
Olin Browne (2011)

3. Winners of the U.S. Senior Open Championship from 1980-2009:

Fred Funk (2009)
Brad Bryant (2007)
Peter Jacobsen (2004)
Hale Irwin (1998, 2000)

4. From the 2023 U.S. Senior Open Championship, the lowest 15 and anyone tying for 15th place:

Bernhard Langer
Steve Stricker
Jerry Kelly
Brett Quigley
Rob Labritz
Steven Alker
Dicky Pride
Retief Goosen

Alex Cejka
Y.E. Yang
K.J. Choi
Joe Durant
Ernie Els
Craig Barlow
Justin Leonard
Miguel Angel Jimenez

5. From the 2023 U.S. Senior Open Championship, the amateur returning the lowest 72-hole score (must be an amateur):

Mark Strickland (a)

6. Winners of the U.S. Open Championship since 2014:

Updated June 16, 2024

7. From the 2024 U.S. Open Championship, any amateur returning a 72-hole score (must be an amateur and meet age requirement):

Updated June 16, 2024

8. Any player in his first 10 years of eligibility who has won the U.S. Open Championship:

Angel Cabrera (2007)
Michael Campbell (2005)

Ernie Els (1994, 1997)
Jim Furyk (2003)
Retief Goosen (2001, 2004)
Lee Janzen (1993, 1998)

9. Winners of the U.S. Amateur Championship in the last 10 years (2013-2023) and the runner-up from 2023 (must be an amateur):

N/A

10. Winner of the 2023 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship (must be an amateur and age eligible):

N/A

11. From the 2023 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, the winner and runner-up (must be an amateur):

Todd White (a) (champion)
Jody Fanagan (a) (runner-up)

12. Any player in his first year of eligibility who has won a U.S. Amateur Championship, Masters, Open Championship, Amateur Championship conducted by The R&A or PGA Championship:

Gordon Sherry
Stephen Dundas

13. Playing members of the 2021 and 2023 USA Walker Cup Teams, and 2022 and 2023 USA World Amateur Teams (must be an amateur):

N/A

14. Winners of the Senior PGA Championship from 2014-2024:

2024 champion to be determined on May 26
Steve Stricker (2023)
Steven Alker (2022)
Alex Cejka (2021)
2020 championship canceled due to COVID-19
Ken Tanigawa (2019)
Paul Broadhurst (2018)
Bernhard Langer (2017)
Rocco Mediate (2016)
Colin Montgomerie (2015)
Colin Montgomerie (2014)

15. Winners of the Senior Open Championship conducted by The R&A in collaboration with the Legends Tour (2018-2023):

Alex Cejka (2023)
Darren Clarke (2022)
Stephen Dodd (2021)
No championship held in 2020 due to COVID-19

Bernhard Langer (2019)
Miguel Angel Jimenez (2018)

16. Those players who qualified for the 2023 PGA Tour Champions season-ending Championship (Charles Schwab Cup Championship):

Steven Alker
Steve Stricker
Bernhard Langer
Ernie Els
Stephen Ames
Vijay Singh
Padraig Harrington
Thongchai Jaidee
Richard Green

K.J. Choi
Alex Cejka
Jerry Kelly
Retief Goosen
Y.E. Yang
Miguel Angel Jimenez
David Toms
Harrison Frazar

Dicky Pride
Joe Durant
Billy Andrade
Colin Montgomerie
Marco Dawson
Paul Broadhurst

Paul Stankowski
Justin Leonard
Steve Flesch

Charlie Wi
Ken Duke
Darren Clarke
Rob Labritz
Ken Tanigawa
Robert Karlsson
Mark Hensby
Brett Quigley
Mike Weir
Rod Pampling

17. From the 2024 official PGA Tour Champions Charles Schwab Cup Money List, the top 20 money leaders through the close of entries on May 1, 2024. Players must select a qualifying site at the time of entry. (Must have filed an entry by May 1, 2024):

N/A

18. From PGA Tour Champions All Time Money Leaders*, the top 40 money leaders through the close of entries on May 1, 2024. (*PGA Tour Champions All Time Money Leaders is the total official money a player has earned on the Champions Tour, the PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour since 1996. Players must select a qualifying site at the time of entry. (Must have filed an entry by May 1, 2024):

N/A

19. Any player whose 50th birthday falls between the close of entries and the first scheduled round of the Championship that, at the close of entries (May 1, 2024), would have otherwise been listed among the top 40 on the PGA Tour Champions All Time Money Leaders. Players must select a qualifying site at the time of entry. (Must have filed an entry by May 1, 2024):

20. Winners of PGA Tour Champions co-sponsored events, excluding team events, whose victories are considered official, in the last two calendar years (2022-2023) and during the current calendar year to the initiation of the 2024 U.S. Senior Open Championship:

Steven Alker (2022 Rapiscan Systems Classic; 2022 Insperity Invitational; 2022 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship; 2022 Dominion Energy Charity Classic; 2023 Insperity Invitational; 2023 Charles Schwab Cup Championship; 2024 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalei)
Stephen Ames (2023 Trophy Hassan II; 2023 Mitsubishi Electric Classic; 2023 Principal Charity Classic; 2023 Boeing Classic; 2024 Chubb Classic)
Alex Cejka (2023 Senior Open Championship)
Fred Couples (2022 SAS Championship)
Darren Clarke (2022 Senior Open Championship)
Ken Duke (2023 Shaw Charity Classic)
Ernie Els (2023 Hoag Classic)
Steve Flesch (2022 Mitsubishi Electric Classic at Hualalai; 2022 Pure Insurance Championship; 2023 Ascension Charity Classic)
Harrison Frazar (2023 Dominion Energy Charity Classic)
Ricardo Gonzalez (2024 Trophy Hassan II)
Retief Goosen (2022 Hoag Classic) 
Padraig Harrington (2022 U.S. Senior Open; 2022 Dick's Sporting Goods Open; 2022 Ascension Charity Classic; 2022 Charles Schwab Cup Championship; 2023 Dick's Sporting Goods Open; 2023 TimberTech Championship)
Mark Hensby (2023 Invited Celebrity Classic)
Thongchai Jaidee (2022 American Family Insurance Championship; 2023 Pure Insurance Championship)
Miguel Angel Jimenez (2022 Mitsubish Electric Championship at Hualalai; 2022 Cologuard Classic; 2022 Boeing Classic)
Jerry Kelly (2022 Principal Charity Classic; 2022 Kaulig Companies Classic; 2022 Shaw Charity Classic)
Bernhard Langer (2022 Chubb Classic; 2022 TimberTech Championship; 2023 U.S. Senior Open)
Rod Pampling (2023 SAS Championship)
Scott Parel (2022 ClubCorp Classic)
Brett Quigley (2023 Constellation Furyk & Friends)
Vijay Singh (2023 The Ally Challenge)
Steve Stricker (2022 Regions Tradition; 2022 Ally Challenge; 2022 Sanford Invitational; 2022 Constellation Furyk & Friends; 2023 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai; 2023 Regions Tradition; 2023 Senior PGA Championship; 2023 Sanford International)
David Toms (2023 Galleri Championship)

21. Top 10 players from the 2023 Legends Tour Order of Merit as of December 31, 2023:

Peter Baker
Adilson Da Silva
James Kingston
Ricardo Gonzalez
Patrick Sjoland
Phillip Archer
Michael Jonzon
Greig Hutcheon

Joakim Haeggman
Phillip Price

22. From the final 2023 Japan Senior Tour money list, the top 4 money winners:

Katsumasa Miyamoto
Prayad Marksaeng
Hiroyuki Fujita
Nobuhiro Masuda

23. Winners of The Masters Tournament from 2014-2024:

24. Winners of the PGA Championship from 2013-2024:

Phil Mickelson

25. Winners of The Open Championship from 2013-23:

Phil Mickelson

26. Playing members of the five most current United States and European Ryder Cup Teams, and U.S. and International Presidents' Cup Teams:

Angel Cabrera (2013 Presidents Cup)
Ernie Els (2013 Presidents Cup)
Thongchai Jaidee (2015 Presidents Cup)
Lee Westwood (2014, 2016, 2021 Ryder Cup)
Phil Mickelson (2014, 2016, 2018 Ryder Cup; 2013, 2015 and 2017 Presidents Cup)
Steve Stricker (2013 Presidents Cup)

27. Winners of PGA Tour co-sponsored events, whose victories are considered official, in the last six calendar years (2018-2023) and during the current calendar year to the initiation of the 2024 U.S. Senior Open:

Brian Gay
Stewart Cink

Phil Mickelson

28. Special Exemptions as selected by the USGA. Deadline for submission request is May 1, 2024

TBD