Jun 16, 2019; Pebble Beach, CA, USA; Brooks Koepka plays his shot from the 13th tee during the final round of the 2019 U.S. Open golf tournament at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

USGA cancels qualifying for 2020 US Open

The fields for the 2020 US Open and US Women's Open will be filled through exemptions only.

As ESPN's Bob Harig explained, the United States Golf Association has canceled all local and sectional qualifying for the events because of the coronavirus pandemic. The US Open remains scheduled for September 17-20 at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York, but it's not yet known if fans will be welcomed.

Recently, pros Brooks Koepka and Rory McIlroy hit out at the idea of major events such as the US Open and Ryder Cup occurring without spectators. On Sunday, McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, and Matthew Wolff competed in a charity skins game at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida without fans.

Qualifying events for the US Open were originally scheduled to occur in the United States, Canada, Japan, and England, but issues such as coronavirus testing protocols made hosting such tournaments an impossible task.

According to Agence France-Presse (h/t Yahoo Sports), additional information regarding the altered exemption categories will become available down the road.

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2018 / US / PGA
Brooks Koepka
2015 / M / US
Jordan Spieth
2014 / B / PGA
Rory McIlroy
2008 / B / PGA
Padraig Harrington
2006 / B / PGA
Tiger Woods
2005 / M / B
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2002 / M / US
Tiger Woods
2000 / US / B / PGA
Tiger Woods
1998 / M / B
Mark O'Meara
1994 / B / PGA
Nick Price
1990 / M / B
Nick Faldo
1982 / US / B
Tom Watson
1980 / US / PGA
Jack Nicklaus
1977 / M / B
Tom Watson
1975 / M / PGA
Jack Nicklaus
1974 / M / B
Gary Player
1972 / M / US
Jack Nicklaus
1971 / US / B
Lee Trevino
1966 / M / B
Jack Nicklaus
1963 / M / PGA
Jack Nicklaus
1962 / M / B
Arnold Palmer
1960 / M / US
Arnold Palmer
1956 / M / PGA
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1953 / M / US / B
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