Ten places in this year's US Open will be up for grabs via a mini Order of Merit at three European Tour events, the USGA has announced.

The top 10 aggregate point earners, who are not otherwise exempt, from the Betfred British Masters (12-15 May), Made in HimmerLand presented by FREJA (27-30 May) and the Porsche European Open (3-6 June) will earn places in the US Open at Torrey Pines from 17-20 June.

The traditional US Open final qualifying event in Europe will not take place once again this year due to the continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last year 10 places were made available through a mini order of merit after the first five events of the European Tour's new UK Swing.

John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director of championships, said: "In these challenging times, we are pleased to work with the European Tour in creating an exemption category for the 2021 US Open at Torrey Pines.

"The final qualifier in England has featured a strong field since its inception in 2005 and while qualifying is not possible this year due to Covid restrictions, it is important that a path is provided for players competing on the European Tour to earn a place in this year's championship field."