BETHESDA, Md. – For some players in this week’s field at Congressional there is more than just a trophy on the line Sunday.
The Quicken Loans National is one of two PGA Tour events that will double as a qualifier for next month’s Open Championship. The new criteria will pave the way for the top four finishers this week who finish within the top 12 on Sunday and are not already exempt to play Royal Liverpool.
Seven of the top 12 players through two rounds, including Oliver Goss who is tied for first place and making his second start as a professional, are not qualified for the year’s third major.
Hudson Swafford, who is tied for fifth, was a last-minute addition to the field when William McGirt withdrew on Wednesday and would qualify for just his third major if he stays where he is. Veteran Freddie Jacobson, who is tied for seventh, could qualify for his fourth consecutive Open Championship.
The top four out of the top 12 next week at the Greenbrier Classic will also qualify for the Open. The winner of the John Deere Classic will be exempt as well if he’s not already in the field.