THE UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCED that it has received a record number of entries for the 2013 U.S. Open Championship at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. The total of 9,860 entrants eclipses the previous mark of 9,086 for the 2009 championship at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y. Among the record total are 52 players, including 11 past champions, who are currently fully exempt into the field.
“The fact that we have a record number of entries, from across the world, is a testament to both the great appeal of the U.S. Open and the historic nature and grandeur of Merion Golf Club,” said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis.
“We look forward to both local and sectional qualifying, conducting the 2013 championship in the Philadelphia area and identifying this year’s United States Open champion.”
The U.S. Open will be held for the fifth time at Merion on June 13-16. To be eligible, a player must have a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional. Local qualifying, which will be played over 18 holes at 111 sites in the United States, will take place between May 3-16.
Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, will be conducted at two international sites (May 27 in Japan and England) and on Monday, June 3, at 11 sites in the United States, ranging from New York to California. The USGA established two international sectional qualifiers in 2005.
Webb Simpson, the 2012 champion, and 10 other champions are fully exempt from having to qualify for the championship.
Brief Numerical History of U.S. Open Entries
11: Number of entries for the first U.S. Open at Newport (R.I.) Golf Club (in 1895)
131: Number of entries in 1912, the first year entries exceeded 100
319: Number of entries in 1924, the first year of sectional qualifying
1,064: Number of entries in 1928 (Olympia Fields), the first year entries exceeded 1,000
2,132: Number of entries in 1958 (Southern Hills), the first year entries exceeded 2,000
8,455: Number of entries in 2000 (Pebble Beach), the first year entries exceeded 8,000
9,048: Number of entries in 2005 (Pinehurst), the first year entries exceeded 9,000
9,860: Number of entries in 2013 (Merion), a U.S. Open record