Jun
9
2014
U.S. Open field set: USGA announces two additional exempt players and three more qualifiers
By Stephanie Wei under US Open
The Putter Boy at Pinehurst

The Putter Boy at Pinehurst

The USGA reserves five extra spots in the field for players who might earn exempt status by playing their way into the top 60 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking. Two guys achieved this — Kevin Na, who is ranked no. 40, and Bernd Wiesberger, who snuck in at no. 60. 

Wiesberger finished second at the European Tour’s Lyoness Open last week and moved up nine spots in the ranking. He lost in a playoff to Mikael Lundberg on the first extra hole. The 28-year-old from Austria is making his first start at a U.S. Open.

Meanwhile, the three remaining spots in the field are given to alternates at the Sectional Qualifiers. We’re not sure how the USGA selects the alternates from the 12 qualifying sites, 10 of which are held in the U.S. It’s supposedly based on strength of field, but sometimes it seems like they pick and choose based on the story lines. Anyway, the three alternates who got the call are Craig Barlow and amateurs Cameron Wilson and Brandon McIver.

Barlow was the first alternate from the Daly City, Calif., sectional. He will play in his sixth U.S. Open. His best finish was a tie for 26th at Winged Foot Golf Club in 2006. Barlow also played in the 2005 Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Wilson, the 2014 NCAA Division I individual champion, was the first alternate from the Purchase, N.Y., sectional. He made a birdie putt on the sixth playoff hole in qualifying to earn the spot. Wilson, who earned first-team All-America honors at Stanford University this year, is playing in his second U.S. Open (he missed the cut in 2012 at The Olympic Club).

McIver, a rising junior at the University of Oregon, was the first alternate from the Creswell, Ore., sectional. He is playing in his first Open.

There were 111 U.S. Open local qualifying sites that led to 12 sectionals, including international sites in Japan and England on May 26. Sectional qualifying in the United States took place at 10 sites on June 2.

If you follow WUP regularly, then you know I LOVE the Sectional Qualifying, especially the sudden death playoffs for the remaining spots. Per usual, I covered the Columbus site last week, while Shane Ryan wrote about the Memphis qualifier.

Go to the USGA’s site for the full results from Sectional Qualifying.

And here’s a list of the 74 golfers who were fully exempt into the 2014 U.S. Open:

2014 U.S. Open Exemption List (as of June 9):
Jonas Blixt 13 Pablo Larrazabal 13
Keegan Bradley 7, 12, 13 Joost Luiten 13
Angel Cabrera 1 Hunter Mahan 11, 12, 13
Roberto Castro 12 Hideki Matsuyama 11, 13
Stewart Cink 6 Graeme McDowell 1, 13
Darren Clarke 6 Rory McIlroy 1, 7, 9, 13
Nicolas Colsaerts 11 Phil Mickelson 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
Jason Day 11, 12, 13 Francesco Molinari 13
Brendon de Jonge 12 Ryan Moore 13
Graham DeLaet 12, 13 Kevin Na 14
Luke Donald 11, 12, 13 Geoff Ogilvy 1
Jamie Donaldson 13 Louis Oosthuizen 6, 13
Victor Dubuisson 13 Ryan Palmer 13
Jason Dufner 7, 11, 12, 13 Kenny Perry 10
Ernie Els 6, 11, 13 D.A. Points 12
Harris English 13 Ian Poulter 13
Matthew Every 13 Patrick Reed 13
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño 11, 13 Justin Rose 1, 11, 12, 13
a-Matthew Fitzpatrick 2, 4 Charl Schwartzel 5, 12, 13
Rickie Fowler 11, 13 Adam Scott 5, 12, 13
Jim Furyk 12, 13 John Senden 13
Stephen Gallacher 13 Webb Simpson 1, 12, 13
Sergio Garcia 12, 13 Brandt Snedeker 12, 13
Lucas Glover 1 Jordan Spieth 12, 13
Retief Goosen 1 Kevin Stadler 13
a-Oliver Goss 2 Henrik Stenson 12, 13
Bill Haas 12, 13 Kevin Streelman 12, 13
Russell Henley 13 Steve Stricker 11, 12, 13
Billy Horschel 11, 12, 13 Brendon Todd 13
Thongchai Jaidee 13 Jimmy Walker 13
Miguel Angel Jimenez 13 Nick Watney 12, 13
Dustin Johnson 12, 13 Bubba Watson 5, 13
Zach Johnson 12, 13 Boo Weekley 12
Matt Jones 13 Lee Westwood 13
Martin Kaymer 7, 8, 13 Bernd Wiesberger 14
Chris Kirk 13 Gary Woodland 12, 13
Matt Kuchar 8, 12, 13 Y.E. Yang 7
Bold – U.S. Open champion a-amateur

Key to Player Exemptions

  1. Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last 10 years (2004-13)
  2. Winner and runner-up of the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
  3. Winner of the 2013 British Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
  4. Winner of the 2013 Mark H. McCormack Medal (top-ranked in WAGR & must be an amateur)
  5. Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years (2010-14)
  6. Winners of the British Open Championship the last five years (2009-13)
  7. Winners of the PGA Championship the last five years (2009-13)
  8. Winners of the Players Championship the last three years (2012-14)
  9. Winner of the 2014 European Tour BMW PGA Championship
  10. Winner of the 2013 U.S. Senior Open Championship
  11. From the 2013 U.S. Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place
  12. Those players who qualified for the season-ending 2013 Tour Championship
  13. Top 60 point leaders and ties from the World Ranking as of May 26, 2014
  14. Top 60 point leaders and ties from the World Ranking as of June 9, 2014
  15. Special exemptions selected by the USGA

 (Photo via NewsObserver.com)