As the icy cold February winds sweep across the links at Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland, it feels a setting very much for Game of Thrones as opposed to the venue for The 148th Open. Single digit temperatures with less than 9 hours sunlight per day, the 2019 UK golf season still feels a long way off.
But after 68 years the Dunluce course will host golf’s oldest and most international Major Championship this summer. And as July approaches golf’s biggest names will want to be in County Antrim to compete for the Claret Jug.
The list below shows the players who are exempt into The 148th Open at Royal Portrush (*correct as of Friday 15 February 2019).
Players must still file a Championship entry form to state their intentions to play.
Champion Golfers aged 60 or under on 21 July 2019
Champion Golfers for 2009 -2018
The first 10 and anyone tying for 10th place at The 147th Open at Carnoustie in 2018
First 30 in the final Race to Dubai rankings for 2018
BMW PGA Championship winners for 2017 and 2018
Masters Champions for 2015 – 2019
PGA Champions for 2014 – 2019
US Open Champions for 2015 – 2019
THE PLAYERS Champions for 2017 – 2019
Top 30 players from the final FedEx Cup standings for 2018
Playing members of the 2018 Ryder Cup teams
The 113th VISA Open de Argentina Champion for 2018
First place on the Order of Merit of the Asian Tour for 2018
First place on the Order of Merit of the Tour of Australasia for 2018
The Japan Open Champion for 2018
First 2 on the Official Money List of the Japan Golf Tour for 2018
The Senior Open Champion
The US Amateur Champion for 2018 (*must be an amateur)
The Mark H McCormack Medal winner for 2018 (*must be an amateur)
The Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion for 2018 (*must be an amateur)
The Open Qualifying Series Australia
The Open Qualifying Series South Africa
The Open Qualifying Series Singapore
The following categories are still to be determined:
The first 50 players on the Official World Golf Rankings (26 May)
First 5 and tied European Tour members, not exempt, in the top 20 of the Race to Dubai (23 June)
First 5 and tied PGA TOUR members, not exempt, in the top 20 of the FedEx Cup list (23 June)
First and anyone tying for 1st place on the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit
The Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup Champion for 2019 (12 May)
The Amateur Champion for 2019 (22 June)
The European Amateur Champion (29 June)
*correct as of Friday 15 February 2019 and all exemption criteria is subject to change.