Scheffler recently finished a successful rookie season finishing fifth in the FedExCup. He was fourth in the PGA Championship and the first round of the FedExCup playoffs, THE NORTHERN TRUST, where he shot a 59th in the second round. He also obtained two third places (Bermuda Championship, The American Express).
Scheffler, 24, was the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year.
He has a long history of success in USGA events. He won the 2013 US Junior Amateur and was a member of the winning team of the 2017 US Walker Cup which also included Collin Morikawa, Cameron Champ, Doc Redman and Maverick McNealy. Scheffler was also the weak amateur at the 2017 US Open.
“We are sorry to lose a USGA family member in this year’s US Open field,” said John Bodenhamer, senior general manager of the USGA Championships. “Scottie has had a phenomenal rookie season and we look forward to welcoming him back to the US Open championship for many years to come.
Scheffler had seven top-10s in 23 starts in the 2020 season.
He will be replaced on the field by Branden Grace, who will play his eighth US Open. He finished fourth at the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay and fifth the following year at Oakmont. Grace won the RBC Heritage 2016 and has nine victories on European tour. His 62 at the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale is the lowest round in major league history.