There are 13 ways that players are eligible for the PGA Championship
The exemptions range from the simple and straightforward (if you've won the PGA Championship in the past, you're eligible for future PGA Championships for the rest of your life) to the subjective (if you're not included in the first 11 exemption categories, you can receive a special invitation to participate from the PGA of America).
Here is the full breakdown of how to qualify for the PGA Championship.
1. All former PGA Champions
Every former winner of the PGA Championship that is willing and able is eligible to compete in the PGA Championship.
2. Winners of the last five Masters (2015-19)
It may come as a surprise but there isn't any overlap between all former PGA Champions and the winners of the last five Masters. That means regardless of their other wins and rankings, the last five
3. Winners of the last five U.S. Opens (2014-18)
4. Winners of the last five Open Championships (2014-18)
Welcome back, Jordan Spieth. As he chases the career grand slam, he's earned an exemption for qualifying for the PGA Championship after winning the other three majors in the past five years, including The Open Championship in 2017.
5. Winners of the last three Players Championships (2017-19)
Webb Simpson and Kim Si-woo are eligible for the 2019 PGA Championship.
6. Winner of the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship
Englishman Paul Broadhurst claimed the most recent Senior PGA Championship exemption for after he won at Harbor Shores with a score of 19-under.
7. The top finishers at the 2018 PGA Championship
The top 15 finishers and ties from the 2017 PGA Championship at Bellerive eligible for the 2019 PGA Championship.
>> For alerts, scoring and live streaming, download the free PGA Championship app
8. The top finishers at the PGA Professional Championship.
The top 20 finishers from the PGA Professional Championship are eligible to compete at Bellerive in August. Ryan Vermeer won the most recent tournament at 5-under.
9. Year-to-date PGA Championship Points leaders
The top 70 players who earned the most PGA Championship Points.
10. 2018 Ryder Cup team members
Playing Members of the 2018 United States and the European Ryder Cup Teams, provided that they remain with the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings
>> Find the best of 2018 PGA Championship gear
11. Winners of PGA Tour-approved tournaments
Winners of PGA Tour co-sponsored or approved tournaments, whose victories are considered official.
12. Special invitations
The PGA of America reserves the right to invite additional players not included in the categories listed above.
13. Completing the field
If necessary to complete the field, players beyond the top 70 will be added.