Welcome to golf’s version of super Sunday, at least for a dozen or so players angling to wrap up their spots in next month’s U.S. Open or July’s British Open Championship.
The top 50 in the World Golf Ranking through today and the top 10 PGA Tour money leaders will be exempt into the U.S. Open, while the top 3 players on the FedEx Cup points list not already qualified for the Open Championship will land a spot at Royal St. George’s.
Ross Fisher advanced to the “Round of 16” at the Volvo World Match Play Championship and seems likely to jump from 51st in the ranking and into the top 50. Current No. 50 Aaron Baddeley is not playing this week’s Crowne Plaza Invitational but will probably stay inside the top 10 money leaders (No. 7) and earn a trip to Congressional.
Similarly, Rory Sabbatini is currently 10th in earnings and 47th in the World Ranking. “You think about it all the time,” Sabbatini said Friday night. “It’s impossible not to.”
Sabbatini (No. 8 in FedEx Cup points), Mark Wilson (No. 3) and Gary Woodland (No. 9) can also secure their spots at the Open Championship if they maintain their spots in the season-long points race.
There are still chances to qualify for both championships. Wilson and Woodland are both scheduled to play Monday’s international qualifier for the British Open at the Gleneagles Club near Dallas, and sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open is scheduled to be held June 6.
Although we can’t imagine that will make Sunday any easier.