Playing members of the last named U.S. and European Ryder Cup teams (2010)
• The top 50 players, including any tied for 50th place, from the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday, July 25, 2011.
• The top 50 players, including any tied for 50th place, from the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday, August 1, 2011.
• Tournament winners, who victories are considered official, of tournaments on the Federation Tours since the prior year's Bridgestone Invitational with an Official World Golf Ranking Strength of Field Rating of 115 points or more.
• The winner of the following designated tournaments (subject to change from year to year):
- Japan Golf Tour: 2010 Bridgestone Open and 2011 Japan Golf Tour Championship
- Australasian Tour: 2010 Australian PGA Championship
- Southern Africa Tour: 2011 Dimension Data Pro-Am
- Asian Tour: 2010 Iskandar Johor Open