The 2018 British Open Championship field of 156 players is made up of predominantly of exempt players from 38 exemption categories, with four open qualifiers producing less than 10 percent of the field. The R&A also produces a British Open Championship alternate list, determining which players get in the field when others already in the field withdraw.
The R&A will pull from the British Open Championship alternate list to fill the field of 156 players. The R&A does not leave open spots for players who might reach a certain threshold in the Official World Golf Ranking, instead using the Open Qualifying Series tournaments to fill the field with high finishers from the John Deere Classic and Scottish Open, the final tournaments before the British Open.
Then there are all the players that could potentially withdraw the week of the British Open Championship with injury or other problems.
The British Open Championship alternate list is typically quoted three deep by the R&A, with more names revealed as players withdraw.
So far, Keegan Bradley has gotten in the field.
2018 British Open Championship alternates
- Andrew Landry (replaces Bernd Wiesberger, WD)
- Keegan Bradley (replaces John Daly, WD)
- Adrian Otaegui
- Aaron Wise
- JB Holmes