2019 U.S. Open: Dates, Location and Qualifying Criteria

General view of Pebble Beach Golf Links, site of the 2019 US Open.
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Run by the United States Golf Association (USGA), the U.S. Open is the national golf championship of the United States and one of the four major championships in men's professional golf. In 2019, the tournament will be held at Pebble Beach Golf Links from June 13–16.

Fast Facts: 2019 U.S. Open

  • Event Name: 2019 U.S. Open Golf Tournament 
  • Description: The U.S. Open is the national championship of the USGA and one of four major championships of men's professional golf.
  • Key Participants: Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas
  • Start Date: June 13, 2019
  • End Date: June 16, 2019 
  • Location: Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California, USA

The tournament's format is stroke play and duration is four rounds (72 holes). If a playoff is required, it begins after the close of the final round and uses a two-hole, aggregate-score format.

How to Get Tickets for the 2019 US Open

Getting tickets to a U.S. Open isn't anywhere remotely as difficult as getting Masters tickets. In fact, if you become a dues-paying member of the USGA, you're almost certain to get your pick of tickets.

Otherwise, tickets to the 2019 U.S. Open are scheduled to go on sale beginning June 11, 2018. At that time, visit usopen.com for more information and ticketing options. The toll-free phone number for ticket inquiries is (800) 698-0661, and golfers can also email ticketquestions@usga.org.

Previous US Opens at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach Golf Links is one of the iconic golf courses not just in the USA, but in the entire world of golf. The 2019 U.S. Open will be the sixth time the tournament takes place at Pebble Beach. The following golfers won the U.S. Open the last five times it was held at Pebble Beach (scores listed next to the names):

In addition to the 2019 U.S. Open, Pebble Beach is already on the schedule to host again in 2027, and will also be the site of 2023 U.S. Women's Open.

Qualifying for the 2019 US Open

The "open" in the name of the tournament means that the field is filled, at least partially, via qualifying tournaments. The first round of such tournaments are called local qualifiers and the second round is called sectional qualifying. Any golfer who meets the tournament's criteria (professional golfer, or amateur golfer with a USGA men's handicap index of 1.4 or lower) is eligible to enter a local qualifier. In 2018, the entry fee was $200.

There were 112 local qualifying tournaments in 2018 and 12 sectional qualifiers (10 in the U.S. plus one each in England and Japan). The number of qualifiers should be the same or close in 2019. Local qualifiers take place mostly in May; sectionals occur mostly in June. When the 2019 dates and locations for the qualifiers are announced, they will be posted on the USGA Championships page. Golfers can also apply to play by following instructions on that site.

Golfers Exempt from Qualifying for the 2019 US Open

About half the field of the 2019 U.S. Open will be filled by players who are exempt from having to play in qualifying tournaments because they meet one of 15 criteria established by the USGA. Those 15 criteria are called "exemption categories." If a golfer falls into one of the categories, he is exempt from qualifying.

The exemption categories themselves can be divided into five groups:

  • Past U.S. Open Performance: Winners of the last 10 U.S. Opens are exempt from qualifying, as are the top 10 finishers from last year's championship.
  • Past Performance in Other Majors: The past five winners at each of the other three majors—The Masters, British Open and PGA Championship—are exempt from qualifying. Also exempt is the most-recent winner of the U.S. Senior Open.
  • Other Tour Events: The last three winners of The Players Championship plus the reigning champ of the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship are exempt. So are all the golfers who qualified to play in the previous year's Tour Championship on the PGA Tour.
  • World Rankings: All golfers who are in the Top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking published four weeks prior to the 2019 U.S. Open are exempt. The Top 60 in the OWGR published the week of the tournament are also exempt.
  • Top Amateur Events: The winners of the 2018 U.S. Amateur, U.S. Junior Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur and British Amateur championships are exempt from qualifying, as is the runner-up at the U.S. Amateur. Also exempt is the winner of the 2018 Mark H. McCormack Medal, given to the No. 1 golfer in the R&A's World Amateur Rankings. (These golfers must still be amateurs at the time of the 2019 U.S. Open to play.)