USGA ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL EXEMPTION AND SETS FULL FIELD
FOR 2013 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AT MERION GOLF CLUB
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.
Kyle 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 Bradley||7, 12, 13||Hunter Mahan||12, 13|
|Angel Cabrera||1, 6, 13||Matteo Manassero||9, 13|
|Michael Campbell||1||Graeme McDowell||1, 11, 13|
|Kevin Chappell||11||Rory McIlroy||1, 7, 12, 13|
|K.J. Choi||8||Phil Mickelson||5, 12, 13|
|Stewart Cink||6||Francesco Molinari||13|
|Tim Clark||13||Ryan Moore||12, 13|
|Darren Clarke||6||Geoff Ogilvy||1|
|George Coetzee||13||Thorbjorn Olesen||13|
|Nicolas Colsaerts||13||Louis Oosthuizen||6, 12, 13|
|Jason Day||13||John Peterson||11|
|Luke Donald||12, 13||Carl Pettersson||12, 13|
|Jamie Donaldson||13||Scott Piercy||12, 13|
|Jason Dufner||11, 12, 13||D.A. Points||13|
|Ernie Els||6, 11, 12, 13||Ian Poulter||13|
|Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano||13||Justin Rose||12, 13|
|Rickie Fowler||12, 13||Charl Schwartzel||5, 13|
|a-Steven Fox||2||Adam Scott||5, 12, 13|
|Jim Furyk||1, 11, 12, 13||John Senden||11, 12|
|Sergio Garcia||12, 13||Marcel Siem||13|
|Robert Garrigus||12, 13||Webb Simpson||1, 11, 12, 13|
|Lucas Glover||1||Brandt Snedeker||12, 13|
|Branden Grace||13||Kyle Stanley||14|
|Bill Haas||13||Henrik Stenson||13|
|Peter Hanson||13||Kevin Streelman||13|
|Padraig Harrington||6, 7, 11||Steve Stricker||12, 13|
|Russell Henley||13||Michael Thompson||11, 13|
|Billy Horschel||13||David Toms||11|
|John Huh||12||Bo Van Pelt||12, 13|
|Fredrik Jacobson||13||Nick Watney||12, 13|
|Thongchai Jaidee||13||Bubba Watson||5, 12, 13|
|Dustin Johnson||12, 13||a-Michael Weaver||2|
|Zach Johnson||12, 13||Boo Weekley||13|
|Martin Kaymer||7, 13||Lee Westwood||11, 12, 13|
|Matt Kuchar||8, 12, 13||a-Chris Williams||4|
|Martin Laird||13||Casey Wittenberg||11|
|Paul Lawrie||13||Tiger Woods||1, 8, 12, 13|
|Marc Leishman||13||Y.E. Yang||7|
|Bold – U.S. Open Champion||a-amateur|
Key to Player Exemptions
- Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last 10 years (2003-12)
- Winner and runner-up of the 2012 U.S. Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
- Winner of the 2012 British Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
- Winner of the 2012 Mark H. McCormack Medal (top-ranked in WAGR & must be an amateur)
- Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years (2009-13)
- Winners of the British Open Championship the last five years (2008-12)
- Winners of the PGA of America Championship the last five years (2008-12)
- Winners of the Players Championship the last three years (2011-13)
- Winner of the 2013 European Tour BMW PGA Championship
- Winner of the 2012 U.S. Senior Open Championship
- From the 2012 U.S. Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place
- Those players who qualified for the season-ending 2012 Tour Championship
- Top 60 point leaders and ties from the current World Ranking as of May 27, 2013
- Top 60 point leaders and ties from the current World Ranking as of June 10, 2013
- Special exemptions selected by the USGA
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