More Than 9,800 Aim to Compete in U.S. Open at Chambers Bay
FAR HILLS, N.J – A total of 9,882 entries have been accepted for the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.
The number of entries is second to the 10,127 accepted for last year's U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2, and is 22 more than the 9,860 accepted for the 2013 championship at Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pa. Among this year’s total are 49 players, including 11 past champions, who are fully exempt into the field (see list below).
"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. We look forward to local and sectional qualifying and to conducting the 115th U.S. Open on June 18-21."
All professionals and all amateurs with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4 were eligible to file entries. Local qualifying, which will be played over 18 holes at 111 sites in the United States, will take place between May 4-21.
Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, will be conducted on Monday, May 25 at two international sites (Japan and England) and on Monday, June 8, at 10 sites in the United States, ranging from New York to California. This will be the 11th year with two international qualifiers, which were established in 2005.
Twice in the championship’s history, a competitor has gone on to win the U.S. Open after going through both local and sectional qualifying. Ken Venturi (1964) and Orville Moody (1969) are the two to accomplish the feat. Lucas Glover (2009) is the most recent champion to make it into the field via sectional qualifying.
In 2014, 24 competitors made it into the field at Pinehurst No. 2 after beginning their journey in local qualifying.
Martin Kaymer, the 2014 champion, and 10 other champions are fully exempt from having to qualify for the championship. They are: Angel Cabrera (2007), Ernie Els (1994, 1997), Jim Furyk (2003), Lucas Glover (2009), Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011), Geoff Ogilvy (2006), Justin Rose (2013), Webb Simpson (2012) and Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008).
Entries were accepted from golfers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 63 foreign countries.
535 entries were received on the last day applications were accepted, including 97 in the final hour. Josh Williamowsky, a 30-year-old amateur from Bethesda, Md., submitted his entry just 21 seconds before the deadline of 5 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 29. Darren Ernst, a 42-year-old amateur from Trabuco Canyon, Calif., was the first entrant when entries opened on March 4.
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 25 and June 15. The winners of The Players Championship (May 7-10) and European Tour BMW PGA Championship (May 21-24) will also earn exemptions.
This year marks the third consecutive year and the seventh time that the USGA has 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. A total of 9,086 golfers entered the 2009 championship at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y. In 2010, 9,052 golfers entered the championship at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. In 2012, the USGA accepted 9,006 entries for the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
The 49 competitors who are fully exempt into the 2015 U.S. Open (as of April 29):
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