OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. — The USGA two months ago laid out the all-exempt field for a U.S. Open that could not have qualifying this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. One of criteria was to use the world ranking from Aug. 23 to fill out the 144-man field.
It never said when it would turn to the world ranking. And that made all the difference.
Among the final categories to be completed were the top five from the FedEx Cup standings this year who were not already exempt. That was set Sunday after the BMW Championship, with the top 30 advancing to the FedEx Cup finale.
Harris English, Lanto Griffin, Sebastian Munoz and Joaquin Niemann were among the top 30 who were not already in the U.S. Open. Next in line was Kevin Streelman (No. 32). So they were set for Winged Foot on Sept. 17-20.
Five more exemptions were decided by a three-tournament series on the Korn Ferry Tour. Add two withdrawals — 2018 British Open champion Francesco Molinari and Jung-Gon Hwang from the Japan Golf Tour money list — and that left 11 spots to fill the field.
The USGA, however, decided to fill the field on Monday off the Aug. 23 world ranking. Among the 11 added were…
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