26 more players exempt to the U.S. Open
By Stephanie Wei under US Open
Day was runner-up at the U.S. Open

Day was runner-up at the 2011 U.S. Open

The USGA announced that 26 more players have earned their way into the U.S Open at Merion Golf Club, held June 13-16, in Ardmore, Pa. The following exemptions were awarded to 25 guys ranked in the top 60 in the Official World Golf Rankings as of May 27 that weren’t already in the field (obviously):

Tim Clark, George Coetzee, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jason Day, Jamie Donaldson, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Branden Grace, Bill Haas, Peter Hanson, Russell Henley, Billy Horschel, Fredrik Jacobson, Thongchai Jaidee, Martin Laird, Paul Lawrie, Marc Leishman, Francesco Molinari, Thorbjorn Olesen, D.A. Points, Ian Poulter, Marcel Siem, Henrik Stenson, Richard Sterne, Kevin Streelman and Boo Weekley.

Weekley jumped 56 spots to no. 55 in the world rankings after winning the Colonial Invitational last Sunday.

A 26th player, Matteo Manassero, also secured his way into the field by capturing the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship title.

The full list of the 78 exempt players can be found here.

Two sectional international qualifiers for the U.S. Open were held on May 27 in Japan, where five spots were awarded, and England, where 12 players, including Simon Khan, who lost to Manassero in a four-hole playoff at Wentworth, Paul Casey, and Jose Maria Olazabal, qualified.

The remaining 11 sectional qualifiers will take place around the country next Monday, June 3 at the following sites:

Big Canyon Country Club & Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, Calif.; Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, Bradenton, Fla.; Hawks Ridge Golf Club, Ball Ground, Ga.; Woodmont Country Club, Rockville, Md.; Old Warson Country Club, St. Louis; Old Oaks Country Club & Century Country Club, Purchase, N.Y.; Brookside Golf & Country Club & The Lakes Golf & Country Club, Columbus, Ohio; Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Ohio; Colonial Country Club, Memphis, Tenn.; Lakewood Country Club, Dallas, Texas, and Tumble Creek Golf Club, Cle Elum, Wash.

As always, I’ll be covering the Columbus qualifier, which pretty much is a PGA Tour event.