British Open Championship field 2014: The final field set for Hoylake

The 143rd British Open is a week away and the 156-player field is nearly set. Only four open spots remain with players attempting to play their way in this weekend.

And then there were four. Following an eventful weekend at the Greenbrier Classic and the French Open, only four spots in the 156-player British Open field remain open. The results on the PGA Tour and European Tour this weekend will determine the final additions to the field.

With the new Open Qualifying Series structure, players on the PGA Tour and European Tour have an opportunity to play their way into the field at Royal Liverpool. A top 12 finish can earn an unqualified player a spot in the field, just as it did for George McNeill, Chris Stroud, Cameron Tringale and Billy Hurley III at the Greenbrier Classic last week. On the European Tour, Robert Karlsson, Michael Hoey and Victor Riu earned their spots with solid finishes at the French Open.

Ryo Ishikawa and Thorbjorn Olesen were also added to the field. Olesen was given a spot after Charles Howell III withdrew, and Ishikawa replaces Steve Stricker after Stricker formally withdrew. Stricker had maintained he was unlikely to play in the event, but was considering changing his mind if he played his way into Ryder Cup contention. He appeared on his way to a strong finish at the Greenbrier Classic before a final round 74 dropped him to a tie for 35th place. Had he finished higher, he may have opted to chase the double points at Hoylake. Instead, Ishikawa will make his fifth appearance in The Open.

The final four spots will be determined over the weekend with one player earning a bid at the John Deere Classic and three spots in the field on the line at the Scottish Open. Matthew Fitzpatrick, who gave up his bid in The Open as the U.S. Amateur winner when he turned pro, will be among those competing for one of the three spots.

Here is a look at the current field heading into the final week of competition before the Open Championship.

UPDATE: We now have our three qualifiers from the Scottish Open, with just one more spot at the John Deere Classic up for grabs.

UPDATE No. 2: Brian Harman went ahead and picked up his first ever PGA Tour win, earning the final spot out of the John Deere. The field of 156 players is now set.

2014 Open Championship field

Previous champions 60 or younger

Phil Mickelson

Ernie Els

Darren Clarke

Louis Oosthuizen

Stewart Cink

Padraig Harrington

Tiger Woods

Todd Hamilton

Ben Curtis

David Duval

Paul Lawrie

Mark O'Meara

Justin Leonard

John Daly

Nick Faldo

Mark Calcavecchia David Hearn

Sandy Lyle

Previous champions with a top 10 finish since 2009

Tom Watson

Top 10 and ties from 2013 Open

Henrik Stenson

Ian Poulter

Adam Scott

Lee Westwood

Zach Johnson

Hideki Matsuyama

Hunter Mahan

Francesco Molinari

Top 50 of the OWGR on May 26

Matt Kuchar

Bubba Watson

Rory McIlroy

Jason Day

Sergio Garcia

Justin Rose

Jordan Spieth

Jim Furyk

Dustin Johnson

Jason Dufner

Luke Donald

Jimmy Walker

Graeme McDowell

Charl Schwartzel

Thomas Bjorn

Keegan Bradley

Victor Dubuisson

Patrick Reed

Miguel Angel Jimenez

Martin Kaymer

Jamie Donaldson

Brandt Snedeker

Graham DeLaet

Webb Simpson

Bill Haas

Jonas Blixt

Stephen Gallacher

Rickie Fowler

Ryan Moore

Gary Woodland

Harris English

Joost Luiten

Matt Jones

John Senden

Russell Henley

Chris Kirk

Matt Every

Ryan Palmer

Kevin Stadler

J.B. Holmes

K.J. Choi

Erik Compton

Thorbjorn Olesen

Brooks Koepka

Chesson Hadley

Freddie Jacobson

Anirban Lahiri

Scott Stallings

Ryo Ishikawa

Top 30 in the 2013 Race to Dubai

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano

Richard Sterne

Thongchai Jaidee

Matteo Manassero

Peter Uihlein

Brett Rumford

Branden Grace

David Howell

Mikko Ilonen

Gregory Bourdy

Tommy Fleetwood

Bernd Wiesberger

Chris Wood

Paul Casey

Non-qualified players in the top 20 of the Race to Dubai on June 30 (up to five)

Pablo Larrazabal

Shane Lowry

George Coetzee

Rafa Cabrera-Bello

PGA Champions since 2009 (Masters, U.S. Open winners from last 5 years already exempt above)

Y.E. Yang

Final 30 Qualifiers for FedExCup's 2013 TOUR Championship

Nick Watney

Billy Horschel

Roberto Castro

Kevin Streelman

Brendon de Jonge

Boo Weekley

D.A. Points

Non-qualified players in the top 20 of the FedExCup on June 23 (up to five)

Brendon Todd

Kevin Na

Members of the 2013 Presidents Cup teams

Angel Cabrera

Marc Leishman

2013 winner of the Asian Tour Order of Merit

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

2013 winner of the Sunshine Tour Order of Merit

Dawie van der Walt

2013 Japan Open winner

Masanori Kobayashi

Top non-qualified players from the 2013 Japan Golf Tour money list (up to two)

Hyung-Sung Kim

Non-qualified players from 2014 Japan Golf Tour money list on June 23 (up to two)

Koumei Oda

Yusaku Miyazato

British Senior Open winner

Mark Wiebe

British Amateur winner

Bradley Neil (a)

European Amateur winner

Ashley Chesters (a)

Local Qualifying

Matthew Southgate

Chris Rodgers

Byeong-Hun An

Marc Warren

Jamie McLeary

Paul McKechnie

Paul Dunne (a)

Oliver Fisher

Rhys Enoch

John Singleton

Christopher Hanson

Oscar Floren

International Final Qualifying - Australia

Bryden Macpherson

Rhein Gibson

International Final Qualifying - Africa

Jin Jeong

Justin Walters

International Final Qualifying - Thailand

Hiroshi Iwata

Cheng-Tsung Pan (a)

Ashun Wu

Yoshinobu Tsukada

International Final Qualifying - Japan

Dong-Kyu Jang

Juvic Pagunsan

Hyung-Tae Kim

Tomohiro Kondo

International Final Qualifying - Quicken Loans National

Shawn Stefani

Charley Hoffman

Ben Martin

Brendan Steele

International Final Qualifying - Irish Open

Matthew Baldwin

Danny Willett

Edoardo Molinari

International Final Qualifying - Greenbrier Classic

Billy Hurley III

George McNeill

Chris Stroud

Cameron Tringale

International Final Qualifying - French Open

Michael Hoey

Robert Karlsson

Victor Riu

International Final Qualifying - John Deere Classic

Brian Harman

International Final Qualifying - Scottish Open

Kristoffer Broberg

Tyrrell Hatton

Scott Jamieson

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