USGA Announces Additional Exemption and Sets Full Field for 2013 U.S. Open



Ardmore, PA June 10, 2013 – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that one additional player has earned a full exemption into the 2013 U.S. Open Championship, to be played June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., bringing the number of fully exempt players to 76. In addition, five alternates from sectional qualifying were added to complete the 156-player field.

2013 US OPENKyle Stanley earned an exemption based on the current Official World Golf Ranking. Stanley, who is ranked No. 60, is making his fourth U.S. Open appearance. The 25-year-old from Gig Harbor, Wash. recorded his best Open finish in 2009 when he tied for 53rd at Bethpage. Stanley qualified for the 2005 U.S. Amateur Championship at Merion Golf Club and was a member of the 2007 USA Walker Cup Team.

The USGA held six spots in the field for those players who could potentially qualify by being in the current top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking. Since Stanley was the only player to earn an exemption, five alternates from sectional qualifying have made the field. They are Mike Weir, Harold Varner III, Ryan Palmer, Ryan Yip and Rikard Karlberg.

Weir, who will play in his 13th U.S. Open, was the first alternate from the Columbus, Ohio, sectional. He made an 18-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole in qualifying to earn the spot. Weir’s best finish in an Open was in 2003 when he tied for third at Olympia Fields. Varner III was the first alternate from the Rockville, Md., sectional. He currently plays on the eGolf Tour and was the 2012 Conference USA Golfer of the Year at East Carolina University. Varner is making his first Open appearance.

Ryan Palmer was the first alternate from the Dallas sectional. He will play in his fourth U.S. Open. His best finish was a tie for 11th at Congressional Country Club in 2011. Ryan Yip was the first alternate from the Springfield, Ohio sectional. He is playing in his first Open. Yip advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2005 U.S. Amateur at Merion Golf Club.

Karlberg was the first alternate from the England sectional. A 26-year-old from Sweden, Karlberg made his lone U.S. Open appearance in 2010 at Pebble Beach Golf Links. He has won twice on the Asian Tour.

There were 111 U.S. Open local qualifying sites that led to 13 sectionals, including international sites in Japan and England on May 27. Sectional qualifying in the United States took place at 11 sites on June 3.

A list of the 76 golfers fully exempt into the 2013 U.S. Open is below.

2013 U.S. Open Exemption List (as of June 10):
Keegan Bradley7, 12, 13Hunter Mahan12, 13
Angel Cabrera1, 6, 13Matteo Manassero9, 13
Michael Campbell1Graeme McDowell1, 11, 13
Kevin Chappell11Rory McIlroy1, 7, 12, 13
K.J. Choi8Phil Mickelson5, 12, 13
Stewart Cink6Francesco Molinari13
Tim Clark13Ryan Moore12, 13
Darren Clarke6Geoff Ogilvy1
George Coetzee13Thorbjorn Olesen13
Nicolas Colsaerts13Louis Oosthuizen6, 12, 13
Jason Day13John Peterson11
Luke Donald12, 13Carl Pettersson12, 13
Jamie Donaldson13Scott Piercy12, 13
Jason Dufner11, 12, 13D.A. Points13
Ernie Els6, 11, 12, 13Ian Poulter13
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano13Justin Rose12, 13
Rickie Fowler12, 13Charl Schwartzel5, 13
a-Steven Fox2Adam Scott5, 12, 13
Jim Furyk1, 11, 12, 13John Senden11, 12
Sergio Garcia12, 13Marcel Siem13
Robert Garrigus12, 13Webb Simpson1, 11, 12, 13
Lucas Glover1Brandt Snedeker12, 13
Branden Grace13Kyle Stanley14
Bill Haas13Henrik Stenson13
Peter Hanson13Kevin Streelman13
Padraig Harrington6, 7, 11Steve Stricker12, 13
Russell Henley13Michael Thompson11, 13
Billy Horschel13David Toms11
John Huh12Bo Van Pelt12, 13
Fredrik Jacobson13Nick Watney12, 13
Thongchai Jaidee13Bubba Watson5, 12, 13
Dustin Johnson12, 13a-Michael Weaver2
Zach Johnson12, 13Boo Weekley13
Martin Kaymer7, 13Lee Westwood11, 12, 13
Matt Kuchar8, 12, 13a-Chris Williams4
Martin Laird13Casey Wittenberg11
Paul Lawrie13Tiger Woods1, 8, 12, 13
Marc Leishman13Y.E. Yang7
Bold – U.S. Open Championa-amateur

Key to Player Exemptions

  1. Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last 10 years (2003-12)
  2. Winner and runner-up of the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
  3. Winner of the 2012 British Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
  4. Winner of the 2012 Mark H. McCormack Medal (top-ranked in WAGR & must be an amateur)
  5. Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years (2009-13)
  6. Winners of the British Open Championship the last five years (2008-12)
  7. Winners of the PGA of America Championship the last five years (2008-12)
  8. Winners of the Players Championship the last three years (2011-13)
  9. Winner of the 2013 European Tour BMW PGA Championship
  10. Winner of the 2012 U.S. Senior Open Championship
  11. From the 2012 U.S. Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place
  12. Those players who qualified for the season-ending 2012 Tour Championship
  13. Top 60 point leaders and ties from the current World Ranking as of May 27, 2013
  14. Top 60 point leaders and ties from the current World Ranking as of June 10, 2013
  15. Special exemptions selected by the USGA

About the USGA

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.

The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

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