Road to the U.S. Open

Each year, thousands of competitors set their sights on the U.S. Open and apply to play in the championship. They are professionals and amateurs, teenagers to seniors, coming from all walks of life and representing more than 75 countries. This year, their dream is to tee it up at Chambers Bay, in University Place, Wash., and be a part of the first U.S. Open to be played in the Pacific Northwest.

The process of determining the final field of 156 players is a major undertaking. It starts with roughly 10,000 entrants and proceeds through two stages of qualifying, local and sectional. While there are exemptions from qualifying for players who have earned that privilege, the vast majority of U.S. Open hopefuls must start their journey at the local qualifying stage.

Players who survive qualifying will compete alongside the biggest names in golf on one of the game's grandest stages. The U.S. Open remains a championship that is truly open to anyone with the desire and the ability to play at the highest level.