U.S. Open, Open Championship spots on the line


With more than a $1.08 million check as a consolation prize for his runner-up finish at The Players Championship, Kevin Chappell no longer has to worry about U.S. Open qualifying and can book his first trip to the British Open.

This is the last week of competition before the U.S. Open exempts the top 60 in the world ranking and the British Open takes the top 50. The U.S. Open also will give a tee time to anyone in the top 60 the week of the U.S. Open.

Chappell improved to No. 33.

Billy Horschel (No. 47), Ryan Moore (No. 48) and Smylie Kaufman (No. 51) are not playing the AT&T Byron Nelson (David Lingmerth, at No. 49, is in the Irish Open). While they are safe for the U.S. Open, Kaufman cannot move into the top 50 this week for Royal Troon.

Playing in the Byron Nelson is James Hahn (No. 54), who probably needs a finish just outside the top 10 to crack the top 50.

In the Irish Open, Victor Dubuisson is at No. 58. He is projected to fall out of the top 60 this week, so the Frenchman would need to make the cut and finish around the mid-40s to get back in. Also in the Irish Open is Thomas Pieters at No. 63. He missed out on his bid for the Masters at the Dell Match Play and would help himself toward a U.S. Open invite by finishing in the top 20 or so.