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We’re at the halfway point of the men’s major season and next on the cards is the US Open.

For the fourth time, Pinehurst No. 2 will host the USGA’s marquee competition, which prides itself on being the most democratic in golf.

A handful of LIV Golf stars will miss out because of their sliding world rankings, whilst others will not make the cut in the ultra-competitive final qualifying.

Around half of the spots in the 156-player field are earned through that route, with the remainder earning their places through 23 fully exempt categories.

Meanwhile, Tiger Woods was granted a special exemption by the USGA to compete in North Carolina.

So, here are x of the biggest names not currently in the US Open field…

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Big names not in the US Open

Adam Scott

If the Australian was to miss out, it would be for the first time since 2001. Scott has contested 92 successive major championships and would have punched his ticket with a made cut at the PGA Championship. Instead, he’ll have to crack the world’s top 60 by June 10.

Robert MacIntyre

It was a week to remember for the Oban man at the PGA Championship, but he doesn’t meet any of the exemption categories, including world ranking. The World No. 75 needs to make up 15 places before June 10 to keep his hopes alive of competing in three of the four majors this year.

Joaquin Niemann

Niemann was one of the hottest players in the lead up to the Masters and that earned him an invitation to the PGA Championship. He could still make it into the US Open through world rankings, but he has confirmed that final qualifying is on the cards.

Patrick Reed

One of two major streaks bit the dust at final qualifying in Dallas on May 20. Reed, who has played every major since the 2014 Masters, withdrew from the qualifier at Dallas Athletic Club and the USGA said he will not be able to enter another qualifier after withdrawing.

Sergio Garcia

It was heartbreak for Sergio Garcia at final qualifying, as the Spaniard was eliminated from a 7-for-6 play-off. He was the only player to make bogey in the shootout and despite being first alternate, could miss the US Open for the first time since 1999.

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Louis Oosthuizen

Twice a runner-up in the US Open, the South African appears to have given up on this year’s renewal, as he skips qualifying. Oosthuizen missed the Masters in April for the first time in 15 years and snubbed an invite to compete in the PGA Championship.

Webb Simpson

The 2012 winner can no longer rely on his past champion exemption, which ran out in 2022. Now ranked number 210 in the world, Simpson regularly plays on sponsor exemptions on the PGA Tour. He doesn’t appear to be taking his place in final qualifying, either.

Talor Gooch

Things got a bit confusing for Gooch last year, when assuming he was eligible for the showpiece. The American reached the season-ending Tour Championship but was suspended from PGA Tour events after joining LIV. He was no longer ‘eligible’ and has confirmed he won’t head to final qualifying.

Ian Poulter

Poulter skipped Open qualifying last year and cited scheduling difficulties as a factor. The Englishman hasn’t outlined why he’s giving US Open qualifying a miss, but he hasn’t played the event since 2021 and his best finish was T12 all the way back in 2006.


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John Turnbull A graduate of the University of Stirling, John joined the bunkered team in 2023 as a Content Producer, with a responsibility for covering all breaking news, tour news, grassroots content and much more besides. A keen golfer, he plays the majority of his golf at Falkirk Golf Club. Top of his 'bucket list' is a round of Pebble Beach... ideally in the company of Gareth Bale.

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