Following are major portions of yesterday's USGA announcement.
FAR HILLS, N.J. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) has accepted a total of 9,882 entries 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 currently 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 ."
To be eligible, a player must have a 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 .
Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, will be conducted on at two international sites (Japan and England) and on , 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.
The USGA accepted entries for the 115th U.S. Open from golfers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 63 foreign countries.
For the fifth consecutive year, only online entries were accepted. The USGA received 535 entries on the last day applications were accepted (April 29), including 97 applications 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. Darren Ernst, a 42-year-old amateur from Trabuco Canyon, Calif., was the first entrant when entries opened on .
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. The winners of The Players Championship ( ) and European Tour BMW PGA Championship ( ) will also earn exemptions.
The list of the 49 golfers who are fully exempt into the 2015 U.S. Open (as of April 29):
|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