LIV Golf Star Talor Gooch To Miss US Open After PGA Championship Exit

The two-time LIV Golf League winner won't make it to the US Open, which he thought he had qualified for, after missing the cut at Oak Hill

Talor Gooch wearing pink shirt lining up a drive
Gooch won't be improving on his world ranking of 63 this week, meaning he'll miss the US Open next month
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Talor Gooch is set to miss the US Open after failing to make the cut at the PGA Championship, his final attempt at making LA Country Club next month after accusing the USGA of changing the rules.

Gooch thought he was in the US Open after making the Tour Championship last year on the PGA Tour, but he says the rules were "retroactively" changed.

“The R&A came out and they recognised me making the Tour Championship and rewarded me with an exemption into the British Open, but the USGA decided to go in a different direction and retroactively changed that rule,” Gooch said last month on The 73rd Hole Podcast.

To guarantee a start in the US Open, you must rank inside the world's top 60 two weeks before the tournament, which Gooch was hoping to have achieved after this week's PGA Championship. That won't be happening due to his missed cut following rounds of 76 and 74 for a 10-over-par total.

It means he'll fail to climb up the world rankings, which he has been dropping down in recent weeks and months despite back-to-back victories in the 2023 LIV Golf League. He picked up his first LIV win at the Grange GC in Adelaide, Australia last month before winning the very next week at Sentosa GC in Singapore.

Gooch has fallen to 63rd in the world, having started the year ranked 40th. He may well drop further down this week after his missed cut.

The Oklahoman confirmed to No Laying Up's Kevin Van Valkenburg that he will not be entering into US Open qualifying due to a busy schedule and will instead make his next Major start at the 151st Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in July.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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