This article is part of our Majors Value Meter series.
Below are RotoWire's rankings for the 120th U.S. Open, which begins Sept. 17 at historic Winged Foot Golf Club just north of New York City. This list is geared toward winner-take-all leagues and leagues that reward the lowest aggregate score, but it can serve all other leagues and for DFS purposes as well.
The field was compiled differently this year because of the pandemic. There was no qualifying, so the list of 144 golfers teeing it up for the year's third major was determined through a series of exemption categories.
Most of the top golfers in the world are entered. Exemptions were granted to:
- The top 70 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of March 15.
- The 10 European Tour players who finished best combined on the first five events of the UK Swing, which began once the Tour resumed after the pandemic.
- 10 Korn Ferry players – five via regular season and five from the playoffs).
- 13 amateurs, including the top seven in the world amateur rankings on Aug. 19)
- Three top-ranked club pros.
The USGA used the OWGR as needed to round out the rest of the field.
This will be Winged Foot's sixth U.S. Open, and first since 2006. The winning score in 2006 was Geoff Ogilvy's 5-over-par and in 1974 it was the 7-over carded by Hale Irwin won). Those are two of the highest winning scores in major championship history. In between, Fuzzy Zoeller won the 1994 Open at Winged Foot at 7-under-par