2020 U.S. Women's Open at Champions Golf Club: Who's ExemptAs of November 11, 2020

2018 champion Ariya Jutanugarn is in the field as one of the last 10 winners of the U.S. Women's Open. (USGA/Jeff Haynes) 

The USGA has updated its exemption categories for the 75th U.S. Women’s Open Championship, to be contested Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. Due to health and safety concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the USGA made the difficult decision to forgo qualifying for this year's championship. Please note, all exempt players still must file a Championship Application.

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The following are the exemption categories:

Bold: First time a player is listed

Winners of the U.S. Women’s Open Championship for the last 10 years (2010-2019):

Jeongeun Lee6 (2019)
Ariya Jutanugarn (2018)
Sung Hyun Park (2017)
Brittany Lang (2016)
In Gee Chun (2015)
Michelle Wie (2014)
Inbee Park (2013)
Na Yeon Choi (2012)
So Yeon Ryu (2011)
Paula Creamer (2010)

From the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place:

Jeongeun Lee6
Angel Yin
So Yeon Ryu
Lexi Thompson
Gerina Piller
Mamiko Higa
Jaye Marie Green
Celine Boutier
Yu Liu
Ally McDonald
Jessica Korda

Winner of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship:

Gabriela Ruffels

Winners of the 2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior and U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championships, and the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up (must be an amateur):

Lei Ye (U.S. Girls’ Junior)
Ina Kim-Schaad (U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur)

Winners of the ANA Inspiration Championship the last five years (2016-2020):

Mirim Lee (2020)
Jin Young Ko (2019)
Pernilla Lindberg (2018)
So Yeon Ryu (2017)
Lydia Ko (2016)

Winners of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (2016-2019):

Hannah Green (2019)
Sung Hyun Park (2018)
Danielle Kang (2017)
Brooke Henderson (2016)

Winners of the Evian Championship the last five years (2015-2019):

Jin Young Ko (2019)
Angela Stanford (2018)
Anna Nordqvist (2017)
In Gee Chun (2016)
Lydia Ko (2015)

Winners of the AIG Women’s British Open Championship the last five years (2015-2019):

Hinako Shibuno (2019)
Georgia Hall (2018)
In-Kyung (I.K.) Kim (2017)
Ariya Jutanugarn (2016)
Inbee Park (2015)

The top 30 points leaders from the 2019 LPGA Race to the CME Globe Final Points:

Jin Young Ko
Brooke Henderson
Minjee Lee
Jeongeun Lee6
Nelly Korda
Sung Hyun Park
Sei Young Kim
Danielle Kang
Lexi Thompson
Hyo Joo Kim
Ariya Jutanugarn
Mi Jung Hur
Amy Yang
Nasa Hataoka
Carlota Ciganda
Brittany Altomare
Shanshan Feng
Yu Liu
Hannah Green
Eun-Hee Ji
Azahara Munoz
Moriya Jutanugarn
Inbee Park
Bronte Law
Lizette Salas
Celine Boutier
Jessica Korda
Caroline Masson
Su-Hyun Oh
Gaby Lopez

Winners of LPGA Tour co-sponsored events, whose victories are considered official, from the conclusion of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open Championship to the originally scheduled 2020 U.S. Women’s Open Championship (June 1-7):

Lexi Thompson (ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer)
Brooke Henderson (Meijer LPGA Classic For Simply Give)
Hannah Green (KPMG Women's PGA Championship, Cambia Portland Classic)
Sung Hyun Park (Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G)
Shanshan Feng (Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic)
Sei Young Kim (Marathon Classic Presented by Dana, CME Group Championship)
Hinako Shibuno (AIG Women's British Open)
Mi Jung Hur (Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, Indy Women In Tech Championship)
Jin Young Ko (CP Women's Open)
Cheyenne Knight (Volunteers of America Classic)
Danielle Kang (Buick LPGA Shanghai)
Ha Na Jang (BMW Ladies Championship)
Nelly Korda (Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship)
Ai Suzuki (TOTO Japan Classic)
Gaby Lopez (Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions)
Madelene Sagstrom (Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio)
Hee Young Park (ISPS Handa Vic Open)
Inbee Park (ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open)

Winner of the 2019 Women’s Amateur Championship conducted by The R&A (must be an amateur):

Emily Toy

Winner of the 2019 Mark H. McCormack Medal (Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking®; must be an amateur)

From the 2020 official LPGA Tour money list, the top 10 money leaders, not otherwise exempt, through the close of entries (Nov. 11, 2020)

Jasmine Suwannapura
Stacy Lewis
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
Cydney Clanton
Andrea Lee
Mina Harigae
Kelly Tan
Perrine Delacour
Xiyu Lin
Lindsey Weaver

From the 2020 official Symetra Tour money list, the top five money leaders, not otherwise exempt, through the close of entries (Nov. 11, 2020)

Ana Belac
Fatima Fernandez Cano
Kim Kaufman
Frida Kinhult
Janie Jackson

From Week 11 (March 16, 2020) of the Rolex Rankings, the top 75 points leaders and ties:

Jin Young Ko 
Nelly Korda
Sung Hyun Park
Nasa Hataoka
Danielle Kang
Sei Young Kim
Brooke Henderson
Minjee Lee
Lexi Thompson
Jeungeun Lee6
Inbee Park
Hinako Shibuno
Hyo-Joo Kim
Ai Suzuki
Carlotta Ciganda
Jessica Korda
Ariya Jutanugarn
So Yeon Ryu
Lizette Salas
Mi Jung Hur
Hannah Green
Amy Yang
Shanshan Feng
Hee Jeong Lim
Charley Hull
Jiyai Shin
Hye Jin Choi
Brittany Altomare
Marina Alex
Da Yeon Lee
Ha Na Jang
A-yean Cho
Seon Woo Bae
Yu Liu
Bronte Law
Caroline Masson
Moriya Jutanugarn
Eun-Hee Ji
Georgia Hall
Angel Yin
Megan Khang
Gaby Lopez
Kristen Gillman
Azahara Munoz
Celine Boutier
Min-young2 Lee
In-Kyung (I.K.) Kim
Mi Hyang Lee
Lydia Ko
Madeline Sagstrom
Jennifer Kupcho
Amy Olson
Min Ji Park
So Mi Lee
In Gee Chun
Morgan Pressel
Su-Hyun Oh
Sun Ju Ahn
Mone Inami
Ally McDonald
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
Yui Kawamoto
Momoko Ueda
Jeong Min Cho
So Young Lee
Annie Park
Minami Katsu
Nicole Broch Larsen
Austin Ernst
A Lim Kim
Mamiko Higa
Ji Yeong2 Kim
Chae Yoon Park
Chella Choi
Jing Yan

Top five Ladies European Tour (LET) members from the final 2019 LET Order of Merit and the top five money leaders from the final 2019 Japan LPGA and Korea LPGA Tours:

Esther Henseleit
Marianne Skarpnord
Christine Wolf
Nuria Iturrioz
Meghan MacLaren

Ai Suzuki
Hinako Shibuno
Jiyai Shin
Seon Woo Bae
Minyoung2 Lee
Hye Jin Choi
Ha Na Jang
Da Yeon Lee
Hi Jeong Lim
A-yean Cho

Top three money leaders from the 2019 China LPGA Tour:

Weiwei Zhang
Yan Liu
Mohan Du

The top two players, not otherwise exempt, in the top 10 and ties of the 2020 NW Arkansas Championship, Cambria Portland Classic, ShopRite LPGA Classic, and the top three players, not otherwise exempt, in the top 10 and ties of the KPMG PGA Championship:

Jenny Shin (T-5, Walmart NW Arkansas Championship)
Katherine Kirk (T-7, Walmart NW Arkansas Championship)
Ashleigh Buhai (Runner-up Cambia Portland Classic)
Yealimi Noh (T-3 Cambia Portland Classic)
Mel Reid (Won ShopRite LPGA Classic)
Jennifer Song (3rd ShopRite LPGA Classic)
Bianca Pagdanganan (T-9 KPMG Women's PGA Championship)
Lauren Stephenson (T-9 KPMG Women's PGA Championship)

From the Nov. 4, 2020 Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking®/WAGR®, the top 20 point leaders within the top 100 in the ranking that apply to play and are not otherwise exempt as of Nov. 4, 2020. (Must have filed an entry by Nov. 11, 2020 and still be an amateur):

Rose Zhang (1)
Ingrid Lindblad (2)
Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (3)
Linn Grant (5)
Emilia Migliaccio (6)
Alessia Nobilio (7)
Ho Yu An (8)
Benedetta Moresco (11)
Agathe Laisne (12)
Maja Stark (13)
Lucie Malchirand (14)
Beatrice Wallin (15)
Olivia Mehaffey (16)
Lily May Humphreys (17)
Kaitlyn Papp (19)
Emma Spitz (20)
Caterina Don (22)
Amelia Garvey (23)
Auston Kim (25)
Allisen Corpuz (27)

Special exemptions as selected by the USGA

Brittany Lincicome (Maternity Extension)
Sarah Jane Smith (Maternity Extension)

Note: The remaining spots in the field will be filled using the Rolex Rankings as of Nov. 9.