U.S. and British Open spots up for grabs Sunday


The makeup of both the U.S. Open and British Open will change in the final round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Exemptions into both majors are on the line on Sunday.

Players ranked inside the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking on Sunday night will be exempt into the U.S. Open at Olympic Club. Those inside the top 50 will earn a spot in the British Open in July at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.

Among the leaders entering the final round on Sunday at TPC Four Seasons, five players – J.J. Henry, Dicky Pride, Marc Leishman, Ken Duke and Jonas Blixt – cannot crack the top 60, even with a win.

If he is able to make a charge on Sunday to win, D.A. Points would take 38 world ranking points and would crack the top 50. If Points finishes alone in second, he is likely to get inside the top 60.

With a win, not only would Ryan Palmer avenge his playoff loss from a year ago but would also get inside the top 60. No player ranked worse than 95th to start the week can get into the top 60, even if they win this week's PGA Tour stop.

Vijay Singh is already exempt into both majors by advancing to The Tour Championship last year. Jason Day and 54-hole leader Jason Dufner are in both tournaments on multiple criteria.

As a result of the Volvo World Match Play Championship, champion Nicolas Colsaerts earned enough points to get inside the top 35 in the world. Semifinalist Rafael Cabrera-Bello (No. 60 this week) secured his place in the U.S. Open, as did Robert Rock by getting to the knockout round of 16.

For those players failing to crack the top 50 on Sunday, the top 20 players in the FedEx Cup standings at the end of the Nelson will earn a ticket to the year's third major.

The U.S. Golf Association will again exempt any player inside the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking as of June 11 – the week of the U.S. Open.