Who's in the 2016 British Open Championship field and how to qualify

Who’s in the 2016 British Open Championship field and how to qualify


The 2016 British Open Championship returns to Royal Troon and will be played July 14-17 in Scotland. Zach Johnson is the defending champion, winning at St. Andrews last year in a Monday playoff. Todd Hamilton was the champion in 2004 the last time that the Open was at Troon.

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Here's a look at the 2016 British Open Championship field, exemptions and how they qualified:

1. Former Open champions under the age of 60 as of July 17, 2016: Mark Calcavecchia, Stewart Cink, Darren Clarke, Ben Curtis, John Daly, David Duval, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo, Todd Hamilton, Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie, Tom Lehman, Justin Leonard, Sandy Lyle, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Mark O'Meara, Louis Oosthizen, Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson

2. The last 10 Open Championship winners

3. Open champions finishing in a tie for 10th place or better from 2009-14

4. Top 10 finishers and ties from 2015 Open Championship: Marc Leishman, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Sergio Garcia, Jordan Niegbrugge, Justin Rose, Danny Willett, Adam Scott

5. The top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of Week 21 in 2016, as well additional exemptions: Byeong-hun An, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Paul Casey, Kevin Chappell, Jason Day, Luke Donald, Tony Finau, Matt Fitzpatrick, Rickie Fowler, Marcus Fraser, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Fabian Gomez, Branden Grace, Emiliano Grillo, Bill Haas, James Hahn, Scott Hend, Jim Herman, Charley Hoffman, J.B. Holmes, Billy Horschel, Thongchai Jaidee, Dustin Johnson, K.T. Kim, Kevin Kisner, Patton Kizzire, Soren Kjeldsen, Colt Knost, Russell Knox, Matt Kuchar, Danny Lee, David Lingmerth, Jamie Lovemark, Shane Lowry, Hideki Matsuyama, Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari, Ryan Moore, Kevin Na, Ryan Palmer, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Brendan Steele, Henrik Stenson, Andy Sullivan, Daniel Summerhays, Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker, Jeunghun Wang, Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood, Bernd Wiesberger, Gary Woodland

6. The top 30 in the 2015 Race to Dubai final standings: Kristoffer Broberg, Victor Dubuisson, Ross Fisher, Tommy Fleetwood, David Howell, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Martin Kaymer, Anirban Lahiri, James Morrison, Thorbjorn Olesen, Thomas Pieters, Marc Warren, Chris Wood

7. The last three winners of the BMW PGA Championship:

8. First 5 European Tour members, not otherwise exempt, in the top 20 of the Race to Dubai after the 2016 BMW International Open: Andrew Johnston, Rikard Karlberg, Soomin Lee, Joost Luiten

9. The last 5 U.S. Open champions: Webb Simpson

10. The last 5 Masters champions

11. The last 5 PGA Champions: Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner

12. The last 3 Players champions

13. The 30 players to qualify for the 2014 Tour Championship: Steven Bowditch, Harris English, Scott Piercy, Robert Streb

14. First 5 PGA Tour members and any PGA TOUR members tying for 5th place, not already exempt, in the top 20 of the PGA Tour's 2015-16 FedExCup points list after the 2016 Quicken Loans National: Smylie Kaufman, William McGirt

15. The members of the American and International 2015 Presidents Cup teams: Chris Kirk

16. The winner of the 2015 Asian Tour Order of Merit:

17. The winner of the 2015 Australasian Tour Order of Merit: Nathan Holman

18. The winner of the 2015 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit: George Coetzee

19. The 2015 Japan Open winner: Satoshi Kodaira

20. The top two players from the 2015 Japan Tour Order of Merit: Yusaku Miyazato

21. First 2, not already exempt, in the Japan Tour Order of Merit through the 2016 Japan Tour Championship: Yuta Ikeda, Yosuke Tsukada

22. The 2015 Senior Open Champion: Marco Dawson

23. The 2015 Amateur Champion: Scott Gregory

24. The 2015 U.S. Amateur Champion:

25. The 2015 International European Amateur Champion: Stefano Mazzoli

26. The 2015 Mark H. McCormack Medal winner:

2016 Open Qualifying Series

27. Top 3 players, not already exempt, in the top 10 from the 2015 Emirates Australian Open: Nick Cullen, Matt Jones, Rod Pampling

28. Top 4 players, not already exempt, in the top 12 from the 2015 Thailand Golf Championship: Jamie Donaldson, Phachara Khongwatmai, Clement Sordet

29. Top 3 players, not already exempt, in the top 10 from the 2016 Joburg Open: Zander Lombard, Anthony Wall, Haydn Porteous

30. Top 4 players, not already exempt, in the top 12 from the 2016 Mizuno Open: Kodai Ichihara, Shugo Imahira, Sanghee Lee, Hideto Tanihara

31. Top  players, not already exempt, in the top 5 from the 2016 Nordea Masters: Lasse Jensen

32. Top 4 players, not already exempt, in the top 12 from the 2016 Open de France: Alex Noren, Callum Shinkwin, Richard Sterne, Brandon Stone

33. Top 4 players, not already exempt, in the top 12 from the 2016 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open: Tyrrell Hatton, Matteo Manassero, Richie Ramsay, Nicolas Colsaerts

34. Top 4 players, not already exempt, in the top 12 from the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic: Brian Gay, Seung-yul Noh, Russell Henley, Steve Stricker

35. Top 4 players, not already exempt, in the top 12 from the 2016 Quicken Loans National: Jon Rahm, Vijay Singh, Harold Varner III

36. Top 1 player, not already exempt, in the top 5 from the 2016 Barracuda Championship: Greg Chalmers

2016 Final Open Qualifying

37. Top 3 players from Gailes Links: Colin Montgomerie, Oscar Arvidsson, Scott Fernandez

38. Top 3 players from Hillside: Dave Coupland, Paul Howard, Jack Senior

39. Top 3 players from Royal Cinque Ports: Steve Alker, James Heath, Matthew Southgate

40. Top 3 players from Woburn: Paul Dunne, Ryan Evans, Robert Rock


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