The Open 2022: Who is playing at St Andrews and how did they qualify

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Who is in the field for the 2022 Open Championship at St Andrews, the 150th playing of the world’s oldest golf Major?

A total of 156 golfers will begin their quest to win golf’s oldest Major at the 150th Open Championship on Thursday, July 14, with Collin Morikawa aiming to defend the Claret Jug he won at Royal St George’s in 2021.

Collin Morikawa with the Claret Jug after his win at Royal St George's.

Tiger Woods missed the US Open as he continues to recover from the leg injuries suffered in a car accident in 2021, but will play in his first Open Championship since 2019. Woods will be seeking his 16th Major at the scene of his 2000 and 2005 triumphs.

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Louis Oosthuizen and Zach Johnson, who won The Open on the last two playings at St Andrews in 2010 and 2015 respectively, will also be in the field.

Tiger Woods won The Open at St Andrews in 2000 and 2005.

The 156-player field is made up of the world’s top golfers, best amateurs a host of qualifiers. It will be cut to the low 70 scorers (and ties) after 36 holes and, in the event of a tie after 72 holes, a four-hole aggregate play-off will take place following the completion of the final round.

Despite rumours in recent weeks, the R&A has confirmed that players on the LIV Golf Series will be allowed to play at St Andrews if eligible for the tournament, meaning the likes Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Lee Westwood, and Ian Poulter will all tee it up.

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But who are all of the players and how did they qualify for the year’s final men’s Grand Slam?

(Players who appear in more than one categories could have qualified under multiple criteria)

Open Champions aged 60 or under on July 17, 2022

Mark Calcavecchia, John Daly, Justin Leonard, Paul Lawrie, Tiger Woods, David Duval, Ernie Els, Ben Curtis, Todd Hamilton, Padraig Harrington, Stewart Cink, Louis Oosthuizen, Darren Clarke, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Francesco Molinari, Shane Lowry, Collin Morikawa

Louis Oosthuizen poses with the Claret Jug on the Swilcan Bridge after winning the 2010 Open at St Andrews.

The Open Champions for 2011-2021

Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Zach Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Francesco Molinari, Shane Lowry, Collin Morikawa

First 10 and anyone tying for 10th place in The 149th Open at Royal St George’s in 2021

Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm, Louis Oosthuizen, Dylan Frittelli, Brooks Koepka, Mackenzie Hughes, Dustin Johnson, Robert MacIntyre, Daniel Berger (withdrawn with a back injury and replaced by Sahith Theegala), Scottie Scheffler, Scottie Scheffler

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The first 50 players on the OWGR (Week 21, 2022)

Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm, Cameron Smith, Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Viktor Hovland, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Sam Burns, Xander Schauffele, Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson, Will Zalatoris, Matt Fitzpatrick, Billy Horschel, Joaquin Niemann, Louis Oosthuizen, Abraham Ancer, Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau, Sungjae Im, Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau, Shane Lowry, Harris English, Daniel Berger (withdrawn with a back injury and replaced by Sahith Theegala), Max Homa, Cameron Young, Jason Kokrak, Kevin Kisner, Corey Conners, Kevin Na, Talor Gooch, Thomas Pieters, Tom Hoge, Patrick Reed, Harold Varner III, Seamus Power, Tommy Fleetwood, Adam Scott, K.H. Lee, Lucas Herbert, Russell Henley, Keegan Bradley, Cameron Tringale, Webb Simpson, Mito Pereira, Marc Leishman.

Rory McIlroy won't be playing in the LIV Golf Series.

First 30 in the DP World Tour rankings for 2021

Collin Morikawa, Billy Horschel, Jon Rahm, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton, Min Woo Lee, Paul Casey, Nicolai Hojgaard, Robert MacIntyre, Abraham Ancer, Richard Bland, Alexander Bjork, Bernd Wiesberger, Will Zalatoris, Tommy Fleetwood, Guido Migliozzi, Viktor Hovland, Dean Burmester, Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Jason Scrivener, Lucas Herbert, Ian Poulter, Laurie Canter, Thomas Detry, Thomas Pieters, Danny Willett, Justin Harding, Garrick Higgo, Justin Rose.

THE BMW PGA Championship winners for 2018-2021

2018 – Francesco Molinari, 2019 – Danny Willett, 2020 – Tyrrell Hatton, 2021 – Billy Horschel

Jack Nicklaus presents Billy Horschel with the winner's trophy at The Memorial Tournament 2022.

The first 5 DP World Tour members and any DP World Tour members tying for fifth place, not otherwise exempt, in the top 20 of the DP World Tour rankings on completion of the 2022 BMW International Open.

Pablo Larrazabal, Jordan Smith, Adri Arnaus, Sam Horsfield, Haotong Li

The U.S. Open Champions for 2017-2022

2017 & 2018 – Brooks Koepka, 2019 – Gary Woodland, 2020 – Bryson DeChambeau, 2021 – Jon Rahm, 2022 – Matt Fitzpatrick

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The Masters Tournament Champions for 2017-2022

2017 – Sergio Garcia, 2018 – Patrick Reed, 2019 – Tiger Woods, 2020 – Dustin Johnson, 2021 – Hideki Matsuyama, 2022 – Scottie Scheffler

The PGA Champions for 2016-2022

2016 – Jimmy Walker, 2017 – Justin Thomas, 2018 & 2019 – Brooks Koepka, 2020 – Collin Morikawa, 2021 – Phil Mickelson, 2022 – Justin Thomas

Phil Mickelson won the 2013 Open, while Matt Fitzpatrick took the Silver Medal as leading amateur.

The PLAYERS Champions for 2019-2022

2019 – Rory McIlroy, 2020 – Cancelled, 2021 – Justin Thomas, 2022 – Cameron Smith

Top 30 players from the final 2021 FedExCup Points List

Patrick Cantlay, Jon Rahm, Kevin Na, Justin Thomas, Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson, Billy Horschel, Abraham Ancer, Daniel Berger (withdrawn with a back injury and replaced by Sahith Theegala), Tony Finau, Jason Kokrak, Cameron Smith, Louis Oosthuizen, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Sam Burns, Harris English, Jordan Spieth, Sungjae Im, Corey Conners, Erik van Rooyen, Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama, Collin Morikawa, Stewart Cink, Joaquin Niemann, Brooks Koepka.

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The first 5 PGA TOUR members and any PGA TOUR members tying for fifth place, not exempt in the top 20 of the PGA TOUR FedExCup Points List for 2022 on completion of the 2022 Travelers Championship

All of the top 20 already exempt

The 115th VISA Open de Argentina 2021 Champion

Jorge Fernandez-Valdes

Jordan Spieth won The Open in 2017.

Playing members of the 2021 Ryder Cup Teams

Collin Morikawa, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth, Harris English, Daniel Berger (withdrawn with a back injury and replaced by Sahith Theegala), Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Bernd Wiesberger, Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey, Matt Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood, Shane Lowry, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter

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First and anyone tying for 1st place on the Final Order of Merit of the Tour of Australasia for 2021-22

Jediah Morgan

First and anyone tying for 1st place on the Final Order of Merit of the Sunshine Tour for 2021-22

Shaun Norris

The Japan Open Champion for 2021

Shaun Norris

The Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup Champion for 2022

Shugo Imahira

First 2 and anyone tying for 2nd place, on the Final Official Money List of the Japan Golf Tour for 2021

Chan Kim, Takumi Kanaya

First and anyone tying for 1st place, not exempt in a cumulative money list taken from all official 2022 Japan Golf Tour events up to and including the 2022 Japan Tour Championship. 

Kazuki Higa

The Senior Open Champion for 2021

Stephen Dodd

The Amateur Champion for 2022

Aldrich Potgieter (a)

The U.S. Amateur Champion for 2021

James Piot (a)

James Piot will make his Open debut as US Amateur champion.

The European Amateur Champion for 2022

Filippo Celli (a)

The Mark H McCormack Medal (Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking) winner for 2021

Keita Nakajima (a)

The Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion for 2021

Keita Nakajima (a)

The Latin America Amateur Champion for 2022

Aaron Jarvis (a)

OQS South Africa – The 2021 Joburg Open

Thriston Lawrence, Zander Lombard, Ashley Chesters

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OQS Singapore – The 2022 SMBC Singapore Open

Sadom Kaewkanjana, Yuto Katsuragawa, Joohyung Kim, Sihwan Kim

OQS Australia – The Vic Open

Dimitrios Papadatos, Ben Campbell, Matthew Griffin

OQS USA – The 2022 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Chris Kirk, Talor Gooch

OQS Japan – The 2022 Mizuno Open

Scott Vincent, Anthony Quayle, Brad Kennedy, Justin De Los Santos

OQS Netherlands – The 2022 Dutch Open

Victor Perez, Ryan Fox, Adrian Meronk

Ryan Fox uses the Srixon ZX5 driver.

OQS Canada – The 2022 RBC Canadian Open

Keith Mitchell, Wyndham Clark

OQS Korea – The 2022 KOLON Korea Open

Minkyu Kim, Mingyu Cho

OQS Ireland – The 2022 Irish Open

David Law, Fabrizio Zanotti, John Catlin

OQS USA – The 2022 John Deere Classic

J.T. Poston, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Emiliano Grillo

OQS Scotland – The 2022 Genesis Scottish Open

Kurt Kitayama, Jamie Donaldson, Brandon Wu

OQS USA – The 2022 Barbasol Championship

Trey Mullinax

Final Qualifying – Fairmont St Andrews, Hollinwell, Prince’s & St Annes Old Links

Fairmont St Andrews: David Carey, Robert Dinwiddie, Lars van Meijel, Alex Wrigley

Hollinwell: Barclay Brown, Richard Mansell, Oliver Farr, Marco Penge

Prince’s: Matthew Ford, Jamie Rutherford, Ronan Mullarney, Jack Floydd

St Annes Old Links: Marcus Armitage, Sam Bairstow, Matthew Jordan, John Parry.

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