2017 British Open Championship field: How to qualify, earn exemptions
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2017 British Open Championship field: How to qualify, earn exemptions

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The 2017 British Open Championship field offers the most opportunities to qualify for an exemption for players around the world, with 39 different ways to get into the field.

A golfer has to be one of the best on the planet to qualify for the British Open. They can get a British Open exemption if they meet one of these worldwide criteria to get an invitation.

British Open Championship qualifying and exemption categories

  1. Former Open champions under the age of 60 as of July 23, 2017
  2. The last 10 Open Championship winners
  3. Open champions finishing in a tie for 10th place or better from 2012-2016 Open Championship
  4. Top 10 finishers and ties from 2016 Open Championship
  5. The top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of Week 21 in 2017
  6. The top 30 in the 2016 Race to Dubai final standings
  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 2017 BMW International Open
  9. The last 5 U.S. Open champions
  10. The last 5 Masters champions
  11. The last 5 PGA Champions
  12. The last 3 Players champions
  13. The 30 players to qualify for the 2016 Tour Championship
  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 2016-17 FedExCup points list after the 2017 Travelers Championship
  15. The 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist in men's golf
  16. The 2016 Open de Argenina champion
  17. The 2017 Kolon Korean Open champion and runner-up
  18. The 2016 U.S. and European Ryder Cup teams
  19. The winner of the 2016 Asian Tour Order of Merit
  20. The winner of the 2016 Australasian Tour Order of Merit
  21. The winner of the 2016 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit
  22. The 2016 Japan Open winner
  23. The top two players from the 2016 Japan Tour Order of Merit
  24. First 2, not already exempt, in the Japan Tour Order of Merit through the 2017 Japan Tour Championship
  25. The 2016 Senior Open Champion
  26. The 2017 Amateur Champion
  27. The 2016 U.S. Amateur Champion
  28. The 2016 and 2017 European Amateur champions
  29. The 2016 Mark H. McCormack Medal winner
  30. 2017 Open Qualifying Series -- Top 3 players, not already exempt, in the top 10 from the 2016 Emirates Australian Open
  31. 2017 Open Qualifying Series -- Top 4 players, not already exempt, in the top 12 from the 2017 SMBC Singapore Open
  32. 2017 Open Qualifying Series -- Top 3 players, not already exempt, in the top 10 from the 2017 Joburg Open
  33. 2017 Open Qualifying Series -- Top 4 players, not already exempt, in the top 12 from the 2017 Mizuno Open
  34. 2017 Open Qualifying Series -- Top 3 players, not already exempt, in the top 10 from the 2017 Open de France
  35. 2017 Open Qualifying Series -- Top 4 players, not already exempt, in the top 12 from the 2017 Quicken Loans National
  36. 2017 Open Qualifying Series -- Top 3 players, not already exempt, in the top 10 from the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open
  37. 2017 Open Qualifying Series -- Top 4 players, not already exempt, in the top 12 from the 2017 Greenbrier Classic
  38. 2017 Open Qualifying Series -- Top 3 players, not already exempt, in the top 10 from the 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open
  39. 2017 Open Qualifying Series -- Top 1 player, not already exempt, in the top 5 from the 2017 John Deere Clasic
  40. Final Open qualifiers from four sites



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