We take a look at how players actually qualify for the Open Championship.

How Do You Qualify For The Open Championship?

There are 156 players in the field for the 149th Open Championship hosted at Royal St George’s, and as a result there are lots of different ways players can qualify for the tournament.

Below were the criteria for the 2021 Open Championship;

1. The Open Champions aged 60 or under on 19 July 2020.

2. The Open Champions for 2010-2019.

3. First 10 and anyone tying for 10th place in The 148th Open at Royal Portrush in 2019.

4. The first 50 players on the OWGR for Week 21, 2021.

5. First 30 in the Final Race to Dubai Rankings for 2019.

6. First 10 in the Final Race to Dubai Rankings for 2020.

7. The BMW PGA Championship winners for 2017-2020.

8. First 5 European Tour members and any European Tour members tying for 5th place, not otherwise exempt, in the top 20 of the Race to Dubai Rankings on completion of the 2021 BMW International Open.

9. The US Open Champions for 2016-2021. Blank entry will be made on behalf of the 2021 Champion.

10. The Masters Tournament Champions for 2016-2021.

11. The PGA Champions for 2015-2021.

12. The Players Champions for 2018-2021.

13. Top 30 players from the Final 2019 FedExCup Points List.

14. Top 10 players from the Final 2020 FedExCup Points List.

15. First 5 PGA Tour members and any PGA Tour members tying for 5th place, not exempt in the top 20 of the PGA Tour FedExCup Points List for 2021 on completion of the 2021 Travelers Championship.

16. The 114 VISA Open de Argentina 2019 Champion.

17. Playing members of the 2019 Presidents Cup Teams.

18. First and anyone tying for 1st place on the Final Order of Merit of the Asian Tour for 2019.

19. First and anyone tying for 1st place on the Final Order of Merit of the PGA Tour of Australasia for 2019 & 2020.

20. First and anyone tying for 1st place on the Final Order of Merit of the Sunshine Tour for 2019 & 2020.

21. The Japan Open Champion for 2019 & 2020.

22. The Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup Champion for 2020 & 2021.

23. First 2 and anyone tying for 2nd place, on the Final Official Money List of the Japan Golf Tour for 2019.

24. First two, not already exempt, in the 2021 Mizuno Open. Blank entry will be made on behalf of the golfers.

25. The Senior Open Champion for 2019.

26. The Amateur Champion for 2020 & 2021. Blank entry will be made on behalf of the 2021 Champion.

27. The US Amateur Champion for 2019 & 2020.

28. The European Amateur Champion for 2020 & 2021. Blank entry will be made on behalf of the 2021 Champion.

29. The Mark H McCormack Medal (Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking) winner for 2019 & 2020.

30. The Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion 2019.

31. The Latin America Amateur Champion 2020.

32. The leading golfer, not already exempt, who has made the cut, in the 2021 Kaskada Golf Challenge. Blank entry will be made on behalf of the golfer.

33. First three, not already exempt, who have made the cut, in the 2021 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. Blank entry will be made on behalf of the golfers.

34. The leading golfer, not already exempt, who has made the cut, in the 2021 Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge. Blank entry will be made on behalf of the golfer.

35. First three, not already exempt, who have made the cut, in the 2021 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open. Blank entry will be made on behalf of the golfers.

36. Players who get through the Open Qualifying Series

37. Players who progress through Final Qualifying

Additionally because of Covid-19 several players got into the event because of withdrawals and positive tests.

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