BY Adam Lewis 08:29PM 04/30/2015

Almost 10,000 seek to make U.S. Open field

Only the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 had more qualifying entries accepted by the USGA than this year’s major at Chambers Bay in University Place.

Chambers Bay in Tacoma will become a global sports landmark when it hosts the U.S. Open in June. / Chambers Bay

The United States Golf Association accepted the second highest number of U.S. Open qualifier entries for the country’s most grueling major, hosted this year at Chambers Bay in University Place. The announcement came Thursday. 

“We are thrilled with the interest demonstrated by the 9,882 entries, the most we have ever accepted for a U.S. Open held on the West Coast,” said Diana Murphy, USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee. “That Chambers Bay, a public course which has never held an Open, could have this kind of impact proves that our national championship knows no state, regional or national bounds.”

The number of entries trails only the 10,127 that attempted to qualify for the 2014 tourney  at Pinehurst in North Carolina and exceeds the 9,860 that tried to qualify for the 2013 Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA.

This year’s local 18-hole qualifying stage is May 4-21 at 111 sites in the U.S., while the 36-hole sectional qualifying stage is set for June 8. The latter will include 10 U.S. sites from California to New York. Additionally, the international sectional qualifier, in Japan and England, is May 25.

To be eligible, a golfer has to either be a professional or have a handicap not exceeding 1.4.

This will mark the 115th U.S. Open and fifth consecutive year only online entries were accepted.

Here’s the list of the 49 golfers granted exemption, as of Wednesday. The list will expand May 25 and perhaps June 15 when the top 60 points leaders in the World Golf Rankings, ties included, earn a spot — as do the winners of The Players Championship (May 7-10) and European Tour BMW PGA Championship (May 21-24).

Keegan Bradley Martin Kaymer a-Oliver Schniederjans
Angel Cabrera Chris Kirk Charl Schwartzel
Darren Clarke Brooks Koepka Adam Scott
Erik Compton Matt Kuchar John Senden
Jason Day Hunter Mahan Webb Simpson
Jason Dufner Hideki Matsuyama Brandt Snedeker
Ernie Els Graeme McDowell Jordan Spieth
Rickie Fowler Rory McIlroy Henrik Stenson
Jim Furyk Phil Mickelson Brendon Todd
Sergio Garcia Colin Montgomerie Cameron Tringale
Lucas Glover Kevin Na Jimmy Walker
Bill Haas a-Bradley Neil Bubba Watson
Russell Henley Geoff Ogilvy Gary Woodland
Morgan Hoffmann Louis Oosthuizen Tiger Woods
Billy Horschel Ryan Palmer a-Gunn Yang
Dustin Johnson Patrick Reed
Zach Johnson Justin Rose

Bold – U.S. Open champion      a-amateur

Woods announces summer schedule

If there was any lingering doubt, Tiger Woods announced earlier this week on Twitter he will play in the U.S. Open.

 

Poulter sounds off

USGA executive director Mike Davis was right earlier this week when he predicted that some PGA tour players would complain or “chirp” about Chambers Bay, a links course not typical of a traditional U.S. Open venue.

Ian Poulter, never shy to share his opinion, was the first to publicly criticize, anonymously citing fellow tour pros that didn’t enjoy their experience at Chambers.

 


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