The United States Golf Association announced on Monday that the U.S. Open will be held without qualifying this year, with the field “filled entirely through exemptions.” Golfers who are exempt from qualifying competitions include those who have won the U.S. Open tournament in the last decade and top-10 finishers from the tournament’s previous year, for example, or those who qualify through a special exemption set by the USGA.

The tournament was postponed from its June date to Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, as the coronavirus outbreak rattled the world of professional sports and shredded the golf calendar. The USGA said that while the tournament was moving forward, qualifying was “not viable” due to safety concerns.

Live golf is slowly returning, with the PGA Tour set to resume next month.

U.S. Open cancels qualifying, will go with all-exempt field


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