USGA exempts 25 more golfers for U.S. Open

May. 28, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

The United States Golf Association announced exemptions for 25 additional golfers into the 2014 U.S. Open Championship on Tuesday.

The group includes 2000 U.S. Open runner-up Miguel Angel Jimenez and brings the total of fully exempt players for the championship to 75. The U.S. Open Championship will be played June 12-15 at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club's Course No. 2.

Players ranked in the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday made up the 25 new qualifiers.

Along with Jimenez, players who earned full exemptions through the current Official World Golf Ranking are: Thomas Bjorn, Jonas Blixt, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Harris English, Matthew Every, Stephen Gallacher, Russell Henley, Thongchai Jaidee, Matt Jones, Chris Kirk, Pablo Larrazabal, Joost Luiten, Francesco Molinari, Ryan Moore, Ryan Palmer, Ian Poulter, Patrick Reed, John Senden, Kevin Stadler, Richard Sterne, Brendon Todd, Jimmy Walker and Lee Westwood.

Todd moved up six positions in the Official World Golf Ranking, from outside the top-60 cut line to No. 57, by tying for fifth in the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial last weekend. Larrazabal played his way in as well climbing seven spots to No. 59 in the OWGR after tying for seventh in the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship last weekend. The number of fully exempt golfers may increase with the inclusion of the top 60 players from the OWGR as of June 9.

The first two sectional qualifiers for the 2014 U.S. Open were held Monday in Japan, where six spots in the 156-player field were determined, and in England, where 14 players qualified.

Sectional qualifying in the United States will take place at 10 sites, with 36 holes of play in one day, on Monday, June 2. The sites are: Lake Merced Golf Club and The Olympic Club (Ocean Course), Daly City, Calif.; Quail Valley Golf Club, Vero Beach, Fla.; Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek Course), Roswell, Ga.; Woodmont Country Club (North and South Courses), Rockville, Md.; Old Oaks Country Club and Century Country Club, Purchase, N.Y.; Brookside Golf and Country Club and Scioto Country Club, Columbus, Ohio; Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Ohio; Emerald Valley Golf Club, Creswell, Ore.; Colonial Country Club (North and South Courses), Memphis, Tenn., and Lakeside Country Club, Houston, Texas.

Sanford's Jonathan McCurry advanced through local qualifying at The Governors Club in Chapel Hill earlier this month earning one of the six spots from that venue into sectional qualifying. McCurry, a Southern Lee and UNC Pembroke alum, shot a one-under par 71 at The Governors Club. He will play at one of the sectional sites on June 2.

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2 is hosting the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in back-to-back weeks in June, the first time the championships will be held in consecutive weeks on the same course. The U.S. Open was previously held at Pinehurst No. 2 in 1999 (won by Payne Stewart) and 2005 (won by Michael Campbell).

The 75 golfers fully exempt into the 2014 U.S. Open as of Monday (not including the 20 international sectional qualifiers):

Thomas Bjorn 13

Jonas Blixt 13

Keegan Bradley 7, 12, 13

* Angel Cabrera 1

Roberto Castro 12

Stewart Cink 6

Darren Clarke 6

Nicolas Colsaerts 11

Jason Day 11, 12, 13

Brendon de Jonge 12

Graham DeLaet 12, 13

Luke Donald 11, 12, 13

Jamie Donaldson 13

Victor Dubuisson 13

Jason Dufner 7, 11, 12, 13

* Ernie Els 6, 11, 13

Harris English 13

Matthew Every 13

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 11, 13

a Matthew Fitzpatrick 2, 4

Rickie Fowler 11, 13

* Jim Furyk 12, 13

Stephen Gallacher 13

Sergio Garcia 12, 13

* Lucas Glover 1

* Retief Goosen 1

a Oliver Goss 2

Bill Haas 12, 13

Russell Henley 13

Billy Horschel 11, 12, 13

Thongchai Jaidee 13

Miguel Angel Jimenez 13

Dustin Johnson 12, 13

Zach Johnson 12, 13

Matt Jones 13

Martin Kaymer 7, 8, 13

Chris Kirk 13

Matt Kuchar 8, 12, 13

Pablo Larrazabal 13

Joost Luiten 13

Hunter Mahan 11, 12, 13

Hideki Matsuyama 11, 13

* Graeme McDowell 1, 13

* Rory McIlory 1, 7, 9, 13

Phil Mickelson 5, 6, 11, 12, 13

Francesco Molinari 13

Ryan Moore 13

* Geoff Ogilvy 1

Louis Oosthuizen 6, 13

Ryan Palmer 13

Kenny Perry 10

D.A. Points 12

Ian Poulter 13

Patrick Reed 13

* Justin Rose 1, 11, 12, 13

Charl Schwartzel 5, 12, 13

Adam Scott 5, 12, 13

John Senden 13

* Webb Simpson 1, 12, 13

Brandt Snedeker 12, 13

Jordan Spieth 12, 13

Kevin Stadler 13

Henrik Stenson 12, 13

Richard Sterne 13

Kevin Streelman 12, 13

Steve Stricker 11, 12, 13

Brendon Todd 13

Jimmy Walker 13

Nick Watney 12, 13

Bubba Watson 5, 13

Boo Weekley 12

Lee Westwood 13

Gary Woodland 12, 13

* Tiger Woods 1, 8, 12, 13

Y.E. Yang 7

* denotes past champion

a denotes amateur

Key to Player Exemptions

1. Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last 10 years (2004-13)

2. Winner and runner-up of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship

3. Winner of the 2013 British Amateur Championship

4. Winner of the 2013 Mark H. McCormack Medal

5. Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years (2010-14)

6. Winners of the British Open Championship the last five years (2009-13)

7. Winners of the PGA of America Championship the last five years (2009-13)

8. Winners of the Players Championship the last three years (2012-14)

9. Winner of the 2014 European Tour BMW PGA Championship

10. Winner of the 2013 U.S. Senior Open Championship

11. From the 2013 U.S. Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place

12. Those players who qualified for the season-ending 2013 Tour Championship

13. Top 60 point leaders and ties from the World Ranking, as of May 26, 2014

14. Top 60 point leaders and ties from the World Ranking, as of June 9, 2014

15. Special exemptions selected by the USGA