2018 US Open

Dates, Qualifying Criteria for 2018 US Open Golf Tournament

16th hole at Shinnecock Hills during the 2004 US Open
A view of the 16th hole at Shinnecock Hills, side of the 2018 US Open, as it looked during the 2004 tournament. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

The U.S. Open is one of the four major championships of men's professional golf. It is the national championship of the United States Golf Association. Here is information about the 2018 U.S. Open golf tournament:

Shinnecock Hills is one of the five founding clubs of the United States Golf Association.

It is a private club that dates its origins to 1891. It most recently hosted the U.S. Open in 2004.

Previous US Opens at Shinnecock Hills

Here are the years and champions of U.S. Opens previously played at this golf course:

  • 1896 - James Foulis
  • 1986 - Raymond Floyd
  • 1995 - Corey Pavin
  • 2004 - Retief Goosen

The 1896 tournament was the second U.S. Open played. The club was also the site of the U.S. Amateur that year, and hosted the Walker Cup in 1977.

Local/Sectional Qualifying for 2018 US Open

The field at all U.S. Opens is determined in part through local and sectional qualifying tournaments, with golfers advancing into the Open field (see "How can I qualify to play in the U.S. Open?").

Local qualifiers for the 2018 U.S. Open being on April 30 and run through May 17. There are 115 sites in use for local qualifying tournaments—view the full list of dates and sites.

There are 12 sectional qualifiers in 2018.

That number includes one in Japan, one in England and 10 in the United States. The dates and locations of sectional qualifiers:

Players in the Field at 2018 US Open

The following golfers are exempt from qualifying and have already earned places in the field:

Daniel Berger
Patrick Cantlay
Paul Casey
Kevin Chappell
Jason Day
Jason Dufner
a-Harry Ellis
Ernie Els
Tony Finau
Tommy Fleetwood
Rickie Fowler
Jim Furyk
Sergio Garcia
a-Doug Ghim
Lucas Glover
a-Noah Goodwin
Bill Haas
Adam Hadwin
Brian Harman
Russell Henley
Charley Hoffman
Dustin Johnson
Zach Johnson
Martin Kaymer
Si Woo Kim
Brooks Koepka
Hideki Matsuyama
Graeme McDowell
Rory McIlroy
Phil Mickelson
Trey Mullinax
a-Matt Parziale
Kenny Perry
a-Doc Redman
Patrick Reed
Justin Rose
Xander Schauffele
Webb Simpson
Brandt Snedeker
Jordan Spieth
Henrik Stenson
Justin Thomas
Jimmy Walker
Bubba Watson
Danny Willett
Tiger Woods

US Open Exemption Categories

There are multiple ways that golfers can earn exemptions into the 2018 US Open golf tournament. (Earning one of the below exemptions means that the golfer is exempt from having to advance through local and sectional qualifying tournaments.) In addition to the exemptions below, the USGA may grant an exemption to any player(s) of its choosing "on the basis of his playing record."

Full exemptions are granted to golfers who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Top 15 finishes (including ties) from last year's U.S. Open
  • Top 30 finishers on the previous year's PGA Tour money list
  • All players who qualified for last year's Tour Championship
  • Top 15 finishers on the previous year's European Tour money list
  • Top 10 players on current year's PGA Tour money list at the time of a set (and announced) date prior to current U.S. Open (this cutoff date is typically about four weeks prior to the start of the U.S. Open)
  • Any golfer who has won two or more PGA Tour events during the calendar year preceding the start of the current U.S. Open
  • Top 5 players on current year's European Tour money list through a cutoff date approximately four weeks prior to U.S. Open.
  • Top 2 finishers on the previous year's Japan Tour money list, provided those players are in the Top 75 of the world rankings at end of same year
  • Top 2 finishers on the previous year's PGA of Australia money list, provide those players are in the Top 75 of the world rankings at end of same year
  • Top 50 players in the current year's Official World Golf Ranking as of a cutoff point approximately four weeks prior to the U.S. Open.

(Note that in the case of exemptions mentioning cutoff dates, those specific cutoff dates are established well in advance and published on the USGA Web site and in all entry forms.)