U.S. Open draws record number of entries
The United States Golf Association has accepted a record number of entries for the 2014 U.S. Open Championship at Pinehurst No. 2 to be played June 12-15.
The total of 10,127 entrants, with entries being completed Wednesday, eclipses the 9,860 for last year’s championship at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Among the record total are 51 players, including 12 past champions, who are currently fully exempt into the field.
“The number of entries, from across the world, affirms both the great appeal of playing in our national championship and the history surrounding Pinehurst No. 2,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee. “We look forward to local and sectional qualifying and to conducting the unprecedented U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in consecutive weeks at this renowned Donald Ross-designed course in June.”
The U.S. Open will be held for the third time at Pinehurst No. 2.
Local qualifying, which will be played over 18 holes at 111 sites in the United States, will take place between May 2-19.
Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, will be conducted on May 26 in Japan and England and on June 2 at 10 sites in the United States, ranging from New York to California.
Justin Rose, the 2013 champion, and 11 other champions are fully exempt from having to qualify for the championship. They are Angel Cabrera (2007), Michael Campbell (2005), Ernie Els (1994, 1997), Jim Furyk (2003), Lucas Glover (2009), Retief Goosen (2001, 2004), Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011), Geoff Ogilvy (2006), Webb Simpson (2012) and Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008).
The USGA accepted entries for the 114th U.S. Open from golfers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 75 foreign countries.
The USGA received 580 entries on Wednesday, the last day applications were accepted, including 115 applications in the final hour. Travis Wells, who will be 15 years old on May 1 and is from Land O’Lakes, Fla., submitted his entry 26 seconds before the deadline. Jeff Lai, a 34-year-old amateur from Los Altos, Calif., was the first entrant when registration opened on March 5.
The number of fully exempt players will increase with the inclusion of the top 60 point leaders and ties from the Official World Golf Ranking, as of May 26 and June 9. The winners of The Players Championship (May 8-11) and European Tour BMW PGA Championship (May 22-25) will also earn exemptions.
This year is the sixth time the USGA accepted more than 9,000 entries for the U.S. Open. The first time was in 2005, when 9,048 entries were accepted for the championship at Pinehurst No. 2. The total of 9,860 entries for the 2013 championship at Merion broke the record from 2009 at Bethpage Black.
The 51 golfers who are fully exempt into the 2014 U.S. Open as of April 23
* Angel Cabrera
* Michael Campbell
Brendon de Jonge
* Ernie Els
a Matthew Fitzpatrick
* Jim Furyk
* Lucas Glover
* Retief Goosen
a Oliver Goss
* Graeme McDowell
* Rory McIlroy
* Geoff Ogilvy
* Justin Rose
* Webb Simpson
* Tiger Woods
* denotes U.S. Open champion
a denotes amateur