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February 18-22, 2015
The Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, CA

Northern Trust Open Exemption

The Northern Trust Open Exemption awards playing privileges to one top minority golfer not otherwise qualified for the tournament.

Harold Varner III

Selection Process

This unrestricted exemption will be extended to a top golfer who represents the advancement of diversity in golf and who would not otherwise be eligible to compete in the Northern Trust Open. To qualify, the applicant (either professional or amateur) must have a USGA handicap of zero or better.

The online application will be available November 1, 2014 and remain available until January 12, 2015. The recipient of the 2015 Northern Trust Open Exemption will be announced a week later on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. For more information, please contact Connor Swarbrick.

Candidates will be identified through a number of sources, including:

  • The PGA TOUR
  • PGA of America, through the PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship
  • Nationwide Tour
  • The First Tee
  • World Golf Foundation
  • USGA
  • Bill Dickey Scholarship Association
  • National and international outreach efforts to include potential recipients of Hispanic and Asian descent

The recipient will be selected by the tournament office and Northern Trust.

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