USGA Announces Two Additional Exemptions and Sets Full Field for 2014 U.S. Open

USGA ANNOUNCES TWO ADDITIONAL EXEMPTIONS AND SETS FULL FIELD

FOR 2014 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AT PINEHURST RESORT & COUNTRY CLUB

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, NC June 9, 2014 – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that two additional players have earned full exemptions into the 2014 U.S. Open Championship, to be contested June 12-15 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., bringing the number of fully exempt players to 74. Additionally, three alternates from sectional qualifying were added to complete the 156-player field.

Groupings and starting times for Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2014 U.S. Open Championship have been announced, with defending champion Justin Rose slated to play with Phil Mickelson and Matthew Fitzpatrick. (USGA/Michael Cohen)

Groupings and starting times for Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2014 U.S. Open Championship have been announced, with defending champion Justin Rose slated to play with Phil Mickelson and Matthew Fitzpatrick. (USGA/Michael Cohen)

Kevin Na earned an exemption based on the current Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). Na, who is ranked No. 40, is making his fourth U.S. Open appearance. The 30-year-old from Las Vegas recorded his best Open finish in 2012 when he tied for 29th at The Olympic Club. Na, who was born in South Korea, recently finished second at the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament and has five top-10 finishes this season.

Bernd Wiesberger, who is No. 60 in the OWGR, is playing in his first U.S. Open. The 28-year-old from Austria finished second at the European Tour’s Lyoness Open last week and moved up nine spots in the ranking. He lost in a playoff to Mikael Lundberg on the first extra hole.

The USGA held five spots in the field for those players who could potentially qualify by being in the current top 60 of the OWGR. Since Na and Wiesberger were the only players to earn an exemption, three alternates from sectional qualifying were added to the field. They are Craig Barlow and amateurs Cameron Wilson and Brandon McIver.

Barlow was the first alternate from the Daly City, Calif., sectional. He will play in his sixth U.S. Open. His best finish was a tie for 26th at Winged Foot Golf Club in 2006. Barlow also played in the 2005 Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Wilson, the 2014 NCAA Division I individual champion, was the first alternate from the Purchase, N.Y., sectional. He made a birdie putt on the sixth playoff hole in qualifying to earn the spot. Wilson, who earned first-team All-America honors at Stanford University this year, is playing in his second U.S. Open (he missed the cut in 2012 at The Olympic Club).

McIver, a rising junior at the University of Oregon, was the first alternate from the Creswell, Ore., sectional. He is playing in his first Open.

There were 111 U.S. Open local qualifying sites that led to 12 sectionals, including international sites in Japan and England on May 26. Sectional qualifying in the United States took place at 10 sites on June 2.

A list of the 74 golfers fully exempt into the 2014 U.S. Open is below.

2014 U.S. Open Exemption List (as of June 9):
Jonas Blixt13Pablo Larrazabal13
Keegan Bradley7, 12, 13Joost Luiten13
Angel Cabrera1Hunter Mahan11, 12, 13
Roberto Castro12Hideki Matsuyama11, 13
Stewart Cink6Graeme McDowell1, 13
Darren Clarke6Rory McIlroy1, 7, 9, 13
Nicolas Colsaerts11Phil Mickelson5, 6, 11, 12, 13
Jason Day11, 12, 13Francesco Molinari13
Brendon de Jonge12Ryan Moore13
Graham DeLaet12, 13Kevin Na14
Luke Donald11, 12, 13Geoff Ogilvy1
Jamie Donaldson13Louis Oosthuizen6, 13
Victor Dubuisson13Ryan Palmer13
Jason Dufner7, 11, 12, 13Kenny Perry10
Ernie Els6, 11, 13D.A. Points12
Harris English13Ian Poulter13
Matthew Every13Patrick Reed13
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño11, 13Justin Rose1, 11, 12, 13
a-Matthew Fitzpatrick2, 4Charl Schwartzel5, 12, 13
Rickie Fowler11, 13Adam Scott5, 12, 13
Jim Furyk12, 13John Senden13
Stephen Gallacher13Webb Simpson1, 12, 13
Sergio Garcia12, 13Brandt Snedeker12, 13
Lucas Glover1Jordan Spieth12, 13
Retief Goosen1Kevin Stadler13
a-Oliver Goss2Henrik Stenson12, 13
Bill Haas12, 13Kevin Streelman12, 13
Russell Henley13Steve Stricker11, 12, 13
Billy Horschel11, 12, 13Brendon Todd13
Thongchai Jaidee13Jimmy Walker13
Miguel Angel Jimenez13Nick Watney12, 13
Dustin Johnson12, 13Bubba Watson5, 13
Zach Johnson12, 13Boo Weekley12
Matt Jones13Lee Westwood13
Martin Kaymer7, 8, 13Bernd Wiesberger14
Chris Kirk13Gary Woodland12, 13
Matt Kuchar8, 12, 13Y.E. Yang7
Bold – U.S. Open championa-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 (must be an amateur)
  3. Winner of the 2013 British Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
  4. Winner of the 2013 Mark H. McCormack Medal (top-ranked in WAGR & must be an amateur)
  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 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

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, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. 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 reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

About the Author:

Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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