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USGA ANNOUNCES TWO ADDITIONAL EXEMPTIONS AND SETS FULL FIELD
FOR 2014 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AT PINEHURST RESORT & COUNTRY CLUB
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (June 9, 2014) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that two additional players have earned full exemptions into the 2014 U.S. Open Championship, to be contested June 12-15 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., bringing the number of fully exempt players to 74. Additionally, three alternates from sectional qualifying were added to complete the 156-player field.
Kevin Na earned an exemption based on the current Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). Na, who is ranked No. 40, is making his fourth U.S. Open appearance. The 30-year-old from Las Vegas recorded his best Open finish in 2012 when he tied for 29th at The Olympic Club. Na, who was born in South Korea, recently finished second at the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament and has five top-10 finishes this season.
Bernd Wiesberger, who is No. 60 in the OWGR, is playing in his first U.S. Open. The 28-year-old from Austria 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 USGA held five spots in the field for those players who could potentially qualify by being in the current top 60 of the OWGR. Since Na and Wiesberger were the only players to earn an exemption, three alternates from sectional qualifying were added to the field. They 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.
A list of the 74 golfers fully exempt into the 2014 U.S. Open is below.
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
About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.
The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.
For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.
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2014 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP – FACT SHEET
SITE INFORMATION
June 12-15, 2014
Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2), Village of Pinehurst, N.C. (www.pinehurst.com)
PAR AND YARDAGE
Pinehurst’s No. 2 Course will be set up at 7,562 yards and will play to a par of 35-35--70. For the 1999 U.S. Open Championship, Pinehurst No. 2 was a par 70 and played at 7,175 yards. For the 2005 U.S. Open Championship, Pinehurst No. 2 was 7,214 yards with a par of 70.
HOLE BY HOLE                  
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 35
Yardage 402 507 387/ 529 576 219 424 502/ 191/ 3,737
      329         486 186  
                     
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 5 4 4 4 4 3 4 3 4 35
Yardage 617 483 484 382 473 202 528 205 451 3,825
ARCHITECT
Donald Ross designed the course, which opened in 1907. The first nine holes were completed in 1901. Ross would fine-tune the layout several times through 1946. Rees Jones completed renovations prior to the 1999 U.S. Open. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw restored the course to Ross’ original design, bringing back many of Ross’ original design characteristics. The restoration was completed in March 2011.
COURSE RATING
Based on the course setup for the championship, the USGA Course Rating is 76.0. Its Slope Rating is 147.
WHO CAN ENTER
The championship is open to any professional and any amateur golfer with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4. The deadline for entries was April 23.
ENTRIES
In 2014, the USGA accepted 10,127 entries, the highest total in U.S. Open history. The previous mark was set last year when 9,860 golfers entered. There were 9,086 entries filed in 2009, and 9,052 in 2010. In 2005, 9,048 golfers entered to play at Pinehurst No. 2.
LOCAL QUALIFYING
Local qualifying, played over 18 holes, was conducted at 111 sites in the U.S. between May 2-19.
SECTIONAL QUALIFYING
Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, was conducted at two international sites on May 26 (England, Japan) as well as 10 U.S. sites on June 2.
CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
The starting field of 156 golfers will be cut after 36 holes to the low 60 scorers (and ties).
SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled each day from June 12 (Thursday) through June 15 (Sunday). In the event of a tie after 72 holes, an 18-hole playoff will be held on June 16 (Monday), beginning at noon (EDT).
2013 CHAMPION
Justin Rose became the first Englishman since Tony Jacklin in 1970 to win the U.S. Open Championship. Rose shot a final-round 70 at Merion Golf Club’s East Course, in Ardmore, Pa. He finished at 1-over 281, two strokes ahead of Australian Jason Day and Phil Mickelson, the 54-hole leader. Mickelson added to his record total with his sixth runner-up finish. Jason Dufner, who carded a 3-under 67 for the day’s low round, two U.S. Open titlist Ernie Els, Billy Horschel and Hunter Mahan tied for fourth at 5-over 285. Five players figured in the top of the leaderboard changing 19 times in the final round. Rose managed to avoid any double-bogeys during the championship. He made five birdies and five bogeys through 16 holes during the final round, then managed clutch pars at the brutal 17th and 18th -- the latter from just off the back of the green after a clutch approach from more than 250 yards out.
PLAYERS IN FIELD WITH MOST U.S. OPEN APPEARANCES (2014 included): Phil Mickelson (24), Ernie Els (22), Jim Furyk (20), Stewart Cink (19) and Steve Stricker (19).
ACTIVE CONSECUTIVE U.S. OPEN APPEARANCES (2014 included): Ernie Els (22), Phil Mickelson (21), Stewart Cink (19) and Jim Furyk (19).
TITLE DEFENSE
Since 1991, only four champions have finished better than 15th in trying to defend their U.S. Open crowns. Tiger Woods tied for sixth in 2009 after capturing his third Open title at Torrey Pines G.C. (South Course) the previous year. Woods also tied for 12th in 2001 after winning his first Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Retief Goosen tied for 11th in 2005 following his second Open championship at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Graeme McDowell tied for 14th last year after winning the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Seven champions missed the cut the next year during this period, including Rory McIlroy in 2012.
WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES
Among the benefits enjoyed by the U.S. Open winner are:
A U.S. Open exemption for the next 10 years
An invitation to the next five Masters Tournaments
An invitation to the next five British Open Championships
An invitation to the next five PGA Championships
An invitation to the next five Players Championships
Exempt status on the PGA Tour for five years
QUALIFYING FOR THE OTHER MAJORS
The top 10 finishers (and ties) are exempt for the following year’s U.S. Open. The top four finishers (and ties) are invited to next year’s Masters Tournament.
HISTORY
This is the 114th U.S. Open Championship. The U.S. Open, which was first played in 1895, was not contested for two years (1917-18) during World War I and for four years (1942-45) during World War II. The youngest winner of the U.S. Open was 19-year-old John McDermott, who won in 1911; he is among eight players age 21 or younger who have won the U.S. Open. The oldest winner is Hale Irwin, who was 45 and playing on a special exemption when he won his third U.S. Open title in 1990. Irwin also won in 1974 and 1979.
There are four four-time U.S. Open winners: Willie Anderson (1901, 1903, 1904, 1905), amateur Robert T. Jones Jr. (1923, 1926, 1929, 1930), Ben Hogan (1948, 1950, 1951, 1953), Jack Nicklaus (1962, 1967, 1972, 1980).
Only five players have won the Masters and U.S. Open titles in the same year: Craig Wood (1941), Hogan (1951, 1953), Arnold Palmer (1960), Nicklaus (1972) and Tiger Woods (2002).
U.S. OPENS AT PINEHURST NO. 2
This is the third U.S. Open Championship and the seventh USGA championship to be conducted at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2).
In 1999, Payne Stewart made a par-saving putt from 18 feet on the final hole to defeat Phil Mickelson by a single stroke en route to his second U.S. Open Championship. With an even-par round of 70, Stewart was the only player to finish under par for the championship, with a 1-under total of 279. Mickelson finished at even-par 280. Tiger Woods and Vijah Singh made bids for the lead in what was a four-man race on Sunday, but they each ended up two back at 1-over 281. Stewart used just 24 putts during the final round and one-putted the last three greens when it mattered most. He won two U.S. Opens and posted two runner-up finishes in the 1990s.
In 2005, Michael Campbell became the first New Zealander to win the U.S. Open when he made an important birdie from 25 feet on the par-3 17th that helped him off Tiger Woods by two strokes. He also was the first sectional qualifier to win the Open since Steve Jones in 1996. As 54-hole leader Retief Goosen slipped back, it quickly became a two-man battle, with Woods playing in the third-to-last group, just ahead of Campbell.  Woods had struggled with his putting all week, but found the hole for birdies on holes 10, 11 and 15 to pull within two strokes of Campbell.  Campbell answered the challenge with his birdie on No. 17, the third time he had birdied that hole in the championship.
USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT PINEHURST (COURSE NO. 2)
1962 U.S. Amateur: Labron E. Harris Jr. def. Downing Gray, 1 up
1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Vicki Goetze def. Brandie Burton, 4 and 3
1994 U.S. Senior Open: Simon Hobday by one stroke over Jim Albus and Graham Marsh, 274-275
1999 U.S. Open: Payne Stewart by one stroke over Phil Mickelson, 279-280
2005 U.S. Open: Michael Campbell by two strokes over Tiger Woods, 280-282
2008 U.S. Amateur: Danny Lee def. Drew Kittleson, 5 and 4
INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT PINEHURST (COURSE NO. 2)
1967 World Senior Amateur Team Championship: USA (discontinued after 1969)
1980 World Amateur Team: USA by 27 strokes over South Africa, 848-875
1980 Women’s World Amateur Team: USA by seven strokes over Australia, 588-595
OTHER CHAMPIONSHIPS AT PINEHURST (COURSE NO. 2)
1936 PGA Championship: Denny Shute def. Jimmy Thomson, 3 and 2
1951 Ryder Cup Match: USA def. Great Britain, 9 ½-2 ½
1982 Hall of Fame: Jay Haas def. John Adams, 276-276 (2nd playoff hole)
1991 Tour Championship: Craig Stadler def. Russ Cochran, 277-277 (2nd playoff hole)
1992 Tour Championship: Paul Azinger by three strokes over Lee Janzen, Corey Pavin, 276-279
USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NORTH CAROLINA
The 2014 U.S. Open and the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open will be the 27th and 28th USGA championships to be conducted in North Carolina. The state has hosted 11 of the 13 USGA national championships. Some of the game’s greatest players have won USGA championships in North Carolina. Payne Stewart (1999) and Michael Campbell (2005) won U.S. Opens. Betty Jameson (1947), Annika Sorenstam (1996), Karrie Webb (2001) and Cristie Kerr (2007) claimed U.S. Women’s Opens.
USGA Championships in North Carolina
1947 U.S. Women’s Open: Starmount Forest Country Club (Betty Jameson)
1955 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Myers Park Country Club (Patricia Lesser)
1962 U.S. Amateur: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 (Labron E. Harris Jr.)
1972 U.S. Amateur: Charlotte Country Club (Marvin “Vinny” Giles)
1980 U.S. Amateur: Country Club of North Carolina (Hal Sutton)
1986 U.S. Amateur Public Links: Tanglewood Park (Billy Mayfair)
1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 (Vicki Goetze)
1989 U.S. Girls’ Junior: Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (Brandie Burton)
1991 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (Phyllis Preuss)
1994 U.S. Senior Open: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 (Simon Hobday)
1996 U.S. Women’s Open: Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (Annika Sorenstam)
1999 U.S. Open: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 (Payne Stewart)
1999 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Biltmore Forest Country Club (Dorothy Delasin)
2000 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links: Legacy Golf Links (Catherine Cartwright)
2000 U.S. Senior Amateur: Charlotte Country Club (Bill Shean Jr.)
2001 U.S. Women’s Open: Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (Karrie Webb)
2002 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur: Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club (Carol Semple Thompson)
2005 U.S. Open: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 (Michael Campbell)
2006 U.S. Girls’ Junior: Carmel Country Club (Jenny Shin)
2007 U.S. Women’s Open: Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club (Cristie Kerr)
2008 U.S. Amateur: Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 (Danny Lee)
2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links: Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center (Lion Kim)
2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior: Country Club of North Carolina (Doris Chen)
2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur: Charlotte Country Club (Danielle Kang)
2013 U.S. Senior Amateur: Wade Hampton Golf Club (Doug Hanzel)
2013 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur: Biltmore Forest Country Club (Julia Potter)
FUTURE U.S. OPENS
June 18-21, 2015: Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash.
June 16-19, 2016: Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club
June 15-18, 2017: Erin Hills, Erin, Wis.
June 14-17, 2018: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Southampton, N.Y.
June 13-16, 2019: Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links
June 18-21, 2020: Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, N.Y.
June 17-20, 2021: Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course), San Diego, Calif.
LONGEST PAR 3s IN U.S. OPEN HISTORY
288 yards, 8th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, 2007
256 yards, 3rd at Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pa., 2013
253 yards, 8th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, 1927, 1935, 1953, 1962
249 yards, 8th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, 1994
247 yards, 17th at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club (North Course), 2003
246 yards, 17th at Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pa., 2013
244 yards, 8th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, 1973
LONGEST PAR 4s IN U.S. OPEN HISTORY
528 yards, 16th at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2), Village of Pinehurst, N.C., 2014
525 yards, 7th at Bethpage State Park (Black Course), Farmingdale, N.Y., 2009
523 yards, 18th at Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Md., 2011
521 yards, 18th at Merion Golf Club (East Course), Ardmore, Pa., 2013
520 yards, 1st at The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif., 2012
515 yards, 6th at Torrey Pines (South Course), San Diego, Calif., 2008
514 yards, 9th at Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, N.Y., 2006
LONGEST PAR 5s IN U.S. OPEN HISTORY
670 yards, 16th at The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, Calif., 2012
667 yards, 12th at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, 2007
642 yards, 5th at Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Okla., 2001
640 yards, 12th at Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course), Mamaroneck, N.Y., 2006
636 yards, 9th at Congressional Country Club (Blue Course), Bethesda, Md., 2011
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED AT THE U.S. OPEN
Justin Rose: last international winner (2013)
Curtis Strange: last to defend title (1989)
Francis Ouimet: last winner in his first attempt (1913)
Webb Simpson: last winner in his second attempt (2012)
Rory McIlroy: last start-to-finish winner with no ties (2011)
a-Robert T. Jones Jr.: last winner to birdie the 72nd hole to win by one stroke (1926)
Tiger Woods: last winner to birdie the 72nd hole (2008)
Tiger Woods: last winner to birdie the 72nd hole to force a playoff (2008)
Geoff Ogilvy: last winner without a round in the 60s (2006)
Rory McIlroy: last winner with all rounds in the 60s (2011)
Webb Simpson: last winner between ages 20-29 (26 in 2012)
Justin Rose: last winner between ages 30-39 (32 in 2013)
Payne Stewart: last winner age 40 and higher (42 in 1999)
Rory McIlroy: last defending champion to miss the cut (2012)
Hale Irwin: last winner who received a special exemption (1990)
Lucas Glover: last winner to come through sectional qualifying (2009)
Orville Moody: last winner to come through local and sectional qualifying (1969)
John Goodman: last amateur winner (1933)
LIVE TELEVISION COVERAGE
The U.S. Open will receive at least 35 hours of live network coverage. NBC will air at least 19 hours of coverage throughout the championship and ESPN will air at least 16 hours over the first two days of play. More than 180 countries are part of U.S. Open TV coverage.                                            
Date                Network                     Broadcast Hours (Local/EDT)
June 12           ESPN/ESPN2             9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-7 p.m.
                      NBC                            3-5 p.m.                      
June 13           ESPN                          9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-7 p.m.          
                      NBC                            3-5 p.m.
June 14           NBC                            Noon-7:30 p.m.
June 15           NBC                            Noon-7:30 p.m.
June 16*          ESPN                          Noon-2 p.m.
                      NBC                            2 p.m. to conclusion
*If needed, an 18-hole playoff will be scheduled
PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE
The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the U.S. Open (Monday-Sunday) for news use only. For more information and to register, contact John Mummert at jmummert@usga.org.
MEDIA OPERATIONS/SERVICE
Please contact Pete Kowalski or Brian DePasquale for more information regarding your U.S. Open coverage. Their contact information is:
Media Center – 910-550-2522
Pete Kowalski: pkowalski@usga.org,  908-326-1886 (O), 908-216-8435 (C)
Brian DePasquale: bdepasquale@usga.org, 908-326-1884 (O); 908-655-8395 (C)
For more information on the USGA, please visit www.usga.org.
Media-specific information can be found at http://www.usga.org/MC_Home.aspx.
EXEMPTION LIST (as of June 6)
The following 72 golfers are fully exempt into the 2014 U.S. Open.
2014 U.S. Open Exemption List (as of June 6):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jonas Blixt
13
 
Matt Kuchar
8, 12, 13
 
Keegan Bradley
7, 12, 13
 
Pablo Larrazabal
13
 
Angel Cabrera
1
 
Joost Luiten
13
 
Roberto Castro
12
 
Hunter Mahan
11, 12, 13
 
Stewart Cink
6
 
Hideki Matsuyama
11, 13
 
Darren Clarke
6
 
Graeme McDowell
1, 13
 
Nicolas Colsaerts
11
 
Rory McIlroy
1, 7, 9, 13
 
Jason Day
11, 12, 13
 
Phil Mickelson
5, 6, 11, 12, 13
Brendon de Jonge
12
 
Francesco Molinari
13
 
Graham DeLaet
12, 13
 
Ryan Moore
13
 
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
 
Gary Woodland
12, 13
 
Chris Kirk
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 ten 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
  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. Winner 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 Official World Golf Ranking, as of May 26, 2014
  14. Top 60 point leaders and ties from the Official World Golf Ranking, as of June 9, 2014
  15. Special exemptions selected by the USGA
Visit https://champs.usga.org/EntryForms/usopen_2014.pdf for a full list of exemptions.

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USGA ANNOUNCES TELEVISION SCHEDULE FOR 2014 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON
FAR HILLS, N.J. (June 5, 2014) – NBC, ESPN and Golf Channel, the broadcast partners of the United States Golf Association, will air 49 hours of live coverage of the unprecedented back-to-back 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships from Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
In addition, NBC, ESPN and Golf Channel will broadcast 15 hours of live coverage from the 2014 U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Okla.
Golf Channel will also provide television coverage of the U.S. Amateur Championship, the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship and the Curtis Cup Match.
“Our partners at NBC, ESPN and Golf Channel have dedicated themselves to excellence in major championship coverage for many years,” says Mike Davis, executive director of the USGA. “We look forward to sharing another stellar year of golf on the worldwide television stage, thanks to their collective passion for the game.”
NBC and ESPN will combine to air 35 hours of live 2014 U.S. Open coverage. ESPN will air the first round (June 12) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT, followed by coverage on NBC from 3-5 p.m. EDT. First-round coverage will return to ESPN2 from 5-6 p.m. EDT and ESPN will finish the day’s coverage from 6-7 p.m. or until conclusion. For the second round (June 13), ESPN will again be live from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT, with NBC broadcasting from 3-5 p.m. EDT and ESPN2 will finish the day’s coverage from 5-7 p.m. or until conclusion. NBC will provide coverage of the third and fourth rounds (June 14-15) from noon to 7:30 p.m. EDT.
If necessary, a playoff will be contested on Monday, June 16, starting at noon EDT. ESPN will cover the first two hours and NBC will provide coverage through the playoff’s completion.
The first two rounds of the 69th U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 will be televised on ESPN2 from 3-7 p.m. EDT on June 19-20. NBC will air the third and fourth rounds (June 21-22), from 3-6 p.m. EDT.
The first and second rounds of the 35th U.S. Senior Open will air on ESPN2 on July 10-11 from 4-8 p.m. EDT. NBC Sports will broadcast the third and fourth rounds (July 12-13), from 2:30-6 p.m. EDT.
NBC and Golf Channel will cover the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. Golf Channel will provide coverage of the first round of match play on Aug. 13 from 4-6 p.m. EDT, followed by second- and third-round coverage on Aug. 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT and the quarterfinal round on Aug. 15 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. EDT (tape delay). NBC will air the semifinal matches (Aug. 16) and the championship match (Aug. 17) from 4-6 p.m. EDT. 
Coverage of the 114th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y. will air on Golf Channel, beginning with the first round of match play on Aug. 6 from 3-5 p.m. EDT. The coverage will continue Aug. 7-10 from 3-5 p.m. EDT each day, with coverage of the second round through the championship match.
Golf Channel will also provide coverage of the 66th U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship from Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz., and the 38th Curtis Cup Match from St. Louis Country Club. U.S. Girls’ Junior semifinal coverage will air July 25 from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. EDT (tape delay), followed by live coverage of the championship match on July 26 from 8-10 p.m. EDT. Coverage of the Curtis Cup Match is scheduled for June 6-8. The first day’s coverage (June 6) is tape delayed from midnight-2 a.m. EDT. Four-ball and foursomes matches (June 7) and singles matches (June 8) will air live from 5-7 p.m. EDT.
2014 USGA Championship Television Schedule
38th Curtis Cup Match, St. Louis Country Club (June 6-8)
Date/Day
Time (EDT)
Network
Program
June 6/Friday   
Midnight-2 a.m.
Golf Channel
Four-Ball and Foursomes Matches
June 7/Saturday
5-7 p.m.
Golf Channel    
Four-Ball and Foursomes Matches
June 8/Sunday 
5-7 p.m.
Golf Channel
Singles Matches
114th U.S. Open Championship, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Village of Pinehurst, N.C., (Course No. 2). (June 12-15)
Date/Day
Time (EDT)
Network
Program
June 9/Monday
7-9 a.m.
Golf Channel
Morning Drive
 
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open
 
2:30-6 p.m.
Golf Channel
Live from U.S. Open (re-air)
 
7-8:30 p.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open
 
8:30-10 p.m.
Golf Channel
Live from U.S. Open (re-air)
June 10/Tuesday
Midnight-1:30 a.m.
Golf Channel
Live from U.S. Open (re-air)
 
5:30-7 a.m.
Golf Channel
Live from U.S. Open (re-air)
 
7-9 a.m.
Golf Channel
Morning Drive
 
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open
 
2-3 p.m.
ESPN  
Sports Center at the U.S. Open
 
5-7 p.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open (re-air)
 
7-8 p.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open
 
8-9 p.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open (re-air)
 
9-10 p.m.
Golf Channel
Live from U.S. Open
 
10 p.m.-midnight
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open (re-air)
June 11/Wednesday
Midnight-1 a.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open (re-air)
 
1-3 a.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open (re-air)
 
3-4 a.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open (re-air)
 
4-7 a.m.
Golf Channel    
Live from the U.S. Open (re-air)
 
7-9 a.m.
Golf Channel
Morning Drive
 
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open
 
2-3 p.m.
ESPN
Sports Center at the U.S. Open
 
7-9 p.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open
 
9 p.m.-midnight
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open (re-air)
June 12/Thursday
Midnight-6 a.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open (re-air)
 
6-7 a.m.
Golf Channel
Morning Drive
 
7-9 a.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open
 
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
ESPN
First Round
 
3-5 p.m.
NBC    
First Round
 
5-6 p.m.
ESPN2
First Round
 
6-7 p.m.
ESPN
First Round
 
7-8 p.m.
ESPNEWS
Sports Center at the U.S. Open
 
7-9 p.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open
 
8-11 p.m.
ESPN
Best of the U.S. Open (first round)
 
9 p.m.-midnight
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open (re-air)
June 13/Friday
Midnight-1 a.m.
ESPN2
Sports Center at the U.S. Open (encore)
 
Midnight-6 a.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open (re-air)
 
1-4 a.m
ESPN2
Best of the U.S. Open (first round)
 
6-7 a.m.
Golf Channel
Morning Drive
 
7-9 a.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open
 
9 a.m.-3 p.m
ESPN
Second Round
 
3-5 p.m.
NBC
Second Round
 
5-7 p.m.
ESPN
Second Round
 
7-8 p.m.
ESPNEWS
Sports Center at the U.S. Open
 
7-9 p.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open
 
8-11 p.m.
ESPN
Best of the U.S. Open (second round)
 
9 p.m.-midnight
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open (re-air)
June 14/Saturday
Midnight-6 a.m
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open (re-air)
 
1:30-2:30 a.m.
ESPN2
Sports Center at the U.S. Open (re-air)
 
3:30-6:30 a.m.
ESPN2
Best of the U.S. Open (second round)
 
6-8 a.m
Golf Channel
Morning Drive
 
8-11 a.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open
 
11 a.m.-noon
ESPN
Sports Center at the U.S. Open
 
11 a.m.-noon
Golf Channel
Morning Drive
 
Noon-7:30 p.m.
NBC
Third Round
 
7:30-9:30 p.m
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open
 
9:30 p.m.-midnight
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open (re-air)
 
11 p.m.-midnight
ESPN2
Sports Center at the U.S. Open
June 15/Sunday
Midnight-6 a.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open (re-air)
 
3-6 a.m
ESPN2
Best of the U.S. Open (third round)
 
6-8 a.m
Golf Channel
Morning Drive
 
8-11 a.m.         
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open
 
11 a.m.-noon
ESPN
Sports Center at the U.S. Open
 
Noon-7:30 p.m.
NBC
Fourth Round
 
7:30-9:30 p.m.  
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open
 
9:30 p.m.-Midnight
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open (re-air)
June 16/Monday
Midnight-6 a.m.
Golf Channel
Live from the U.S. Open (re-air)
 
1-2 a.m.
ESPN2
Sports Center at the U.S. Open
 
2-4 a.m.
ESPN2
Best of the U.S. Open (final round)
 
Noon-2 p.m.
ESPN
Playoff Round (if necessary)
 
2 p.m.-conclusion
NBC
Playoff Round (if necessary)
69th U.S. Women’s Open Championship, Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Village of Pinehurst, N.C., (Course No. 2). (June 19-22)
Date/Day
Time (EDT)
Network
Program
June 19/Thursday
3-7 p.m.
ESPN2
First Round
June 20/Friday
3-7 p.m.
ESPN2
Second Round
June 21/Saturday
3-6 p.m.
NBC
Third Round
June 22/Sunday
3-6 p.m.
NBC
Fourth Roun
 35th U.S. Senior Open Championship, Oak Tree National, Edmond, Okla. (July 10-13)
Date/Day
Time (EDT)
Network
Program
July 10/Thursday
4-8 p.m.
ESPN2
First Round
July 11/Friday  
4-8 p.m.
ESPN2
Second Round
July 12/Saturday
2:30-6 p.m.
NBC
Third Round
July 13/Sunday
2:30-6 p.m.
NBC
Fourth Round
                                                           
66th U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, Forest Highlands Golf Club, Flagstaff, Ariz. (July 25-26)
Date/Day
Time (EDT)
Network
Program
July 25/Friday
10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Golf Channel
Semifinals, Match Play
July 27/Saturday
8-10 p.m.
Golf Channel
Championship Match
 
114th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, Nassau Country Club, Glen Cove, N.Y. (Aug. 6-10)
Date/Day
Time (EDT)
Network
Program
Aug. 6/Wednesday
3-5 p.m.
Golf Channel
First Round, Match Play
Aug. 7/Thursday
3-5 p.m
Golf Channel
Second, Third Round, Match Play
Aug. 8/Friday
3-5 p.m.
Golf Channel
Quarterfinals, Match Play
Aug. 9/Saturday
3-5 p.m.
Golf Channel
Semifinals, Match Play
Aug. 10/Sunday
3-5 p.m.
Golf Channel
Championship Matc
                         
114th U.S. Amateur Championship, Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Ga. (Aug. 13-17)                       
Date/Day
Time (EDT)
Network
Program
Aug. 13/Wednesday
4-6 p.m.
Golf Channel
First Round, Match Play
Aug. 14/Thursday
6:30-8:30 p.m
Golf Channel
Second, Third Round, Match Play
Aug. 15/Friday
8:30-10:30 p.m.
Golf Channel
Quarterfinals, Match Play
Aug. 16/Saturday
4-6 p.m
NBC
Semifinals, Match Play
Aug. 17/Sunday
4-6 p.m.
NBC
Championship Match (Live)
                                 
About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.
The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.
For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.
 
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TICKETS FOR SATURDAY’S THIRD ROUND OF THE 2014 U.S. OPEN HAVE SOLD OUT
Gallery tickets available for Thursday, Friday and Sunday championship rounds
The United States Golf Association has announced that Saturday’s third round (June 14) of the 2014 U.S. Open Championship is sold out. The 114th U.S. Open will be conducted at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2, in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C., from June 9-15.
Limited Gallery tickets, which provide access to the grounds of Pinehurst No. 2, are available and selling quickly for Thursday’s first round, Friday’s second round and Sunday’s final round. Tickets are also available for all three practice-round days (Monday-Wednesday).
For more information about pricing, ticket options and to purchase tickets, visit www.usopen.com or www.usga.org./tickets.
The 69th U.S. Women’s Open will also be contested at Pinehurst No. 2, from June 17-22. This marks the first time that these championships will be played in back-to-back weeks on the same course. A variety of ticket options, including weekly packages, daily tickets and ticket 4-packs, which include four good-any-one-day tickets, are available.  
The prices for daily U.S. Open tickets start at $60 per person, while U.S. Women’s Open tickets start at $30 per person. Each buyer is permitted to purchase a maximum of four tickets for each day.
All tickets purchased for the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open include complimentary parking and free shuttle transportation to and from the championship entrance.
For both championships, junior tickets will be available on site at Will Call and at all admission gates. Juniors (age 12 and younger) will receive complimentary admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Tickets for juniors age 13 to 17 will be available for purchase at a reduced rate of $15 for practice rounds and $35 for championship rounds during the U.S. Open and $15 each day during the U.S. Women’s Open. There is a maximum of two junior tickets per one ticketed adult. Junior tickets permit Trophy Club access only when accompanied by an adult Trophy Club ticket holder.
This year’s U.S. Open will be the third contested on Pinehurst No. 2 and the first since 2005. The U.S. Women’s Open has been played three times at nearby Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Southern Pines, most recently in 2007.
Pinehurst No. 2 has hosted six USGA championships, including two U.S. Opens. In 2005, Michael Campbell became the first New Zealander to win the U.S. Open with a two-stroke victory over Tiger Woods. The 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst provided one of the most dramatic finishes in golf history when Payne Stewart, who was recently announced as the 2014 Bob Jones Award recipient, sank an 18-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to edge Phil Mickelson by one stroke. Pinehurst also hosted the 1962 U.S. Amateur, won by Labron Harris Jr.; the 1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur, won by Vicki Goetze; the 1994 U.S. Senior Open, won by Simon Hobday; and the 2008 U.S. Amateur, won by Danny Lee.
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USGA ACCEPTS RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRIES FOR 2014 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
More Than 10,000 Will Attempt to Qualify for 114th Championship at Pinehurst No. 2
FAR HILLS, N.J. (April 24, 2014) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) has accepted a record number of entries for the 2014 U.S. Open Championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. The total of 10,127 entrants eclipses the 9,860 for last year’s championship at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. Among the record total are 51 players, including 12 past champions, who are currently fully exempt into the field (see list below).
“The number of entries, from across the world, affirms both the great appeal of playing in our national championship and the history surrounding Pinehurst No. 2,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee. “We look forward to local and sectional qualifying and to conducting the unprecedented U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in consecutive weeks at this renowned Donald Ross-designed course in June.”
The U.S. Open will be held for the third time at Pinehurst No. 2 on June 12-15. 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 May 2-19.
Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, will be conducted on Monday, May 26 at two international sites (Japan and England) and on Monday, June 2, at 10 sites in the United States, ranging from New York to California. This will be the 10th year with two international qualifiers, which were established in 2005, the last time the U.S. Open was contested at Pinehurst No. 2.
Justin Rose, the 2013 champion, and 11 other champions are fully exempt from having to qualify for the championship. They are: Angel Cabrera (2007), Michael Campbell (2005), Ernie Els (1994, 1997), Jim Furyk (2003), Lucas Glover (2009), Retief Goosen (2001, 2004), Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011), Geoff Ogilvy (2006), Webb Simpson (2012) and Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008).
The USGA accepted entries for the 114th U.S. Open from golfers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 75 foreign countries.
For the fourth consecutive year, only online entries were accepted. The USGA received 580 entries on the last day applications were accepted (April 23), including 115 applications in the final hour. Travis Wells, who will be 15 years old on May 1 and is from Land O’Lakes, Fla., submitted his entry just 26 seconds before the deadline of 5 p.m. EDT. Jeff Lai, a 34-year-old amateur from Los Altos, Calif., was the first entrant when registration opened on March 5.
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 May 26 and June 9. The winners of The Players Championship (May 8-11) and European Tour BMW PGA Championship (May 22-25) will also earn exemptions.
This year marks the sixth time that the USGA accepted more than 9,000 entries for the U.S. Open. The first time was in 2005, when 9,048 entries were accepted for the championship at Pinehurst No. 2. A total of 9,086 golfers entered the 2009 championship at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y. In 2010, 9,052 golfers entered the championship at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. In 2012, the USGA accepted 9,006 entries for the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, and the total of 9,860 for the 2013 championship at Merion broke the record from 2009 at Bethpage Black.
More information about the U.S. Open before, during and after the 2014 championship at Pinehurst No. 2 is available atwww.usopen.com.
The list of the 51 golfers who are fully exempt into the 2014 U.S. Open (as of April 23):
Keegan Bradley Sergio Garcia Kenny Perry
Angel Cabrera Lucas Glover D.A. Points
Michael Campbell Retief Goosen Justin Rose
Roberto Castro a-Oliver Goss Charl Schwartzel
Stewart Cink Bill Haas Adam Scott
Darren Clarke Billy Horschel Webb Simpson
Nicolas Colsaerts Dustin Johnson Brandt Snedeker
Jason Day Zach Johnson Jordan Spieth
Brendon de Jonge Martin Kaymer Henrik Stenson
Graham DeLaet Matt Kuchar Kevin Streelman
Luke Donald Hunter Mahan Steve Stricker
Jason Dufner Hideki Matsuyama Nick Watney
Ernie Els Graeme McDowell Bubba Watson
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano Rory McIlroy Boo Weekley
a-Matthew Fitzpatrick Phil Mickelson Gary Woodland
Rickie Fowler Geoff Ogilvy Tiger Woods
Jim Furyk Louis Oosthuizen Y.E. Yang
     
Bold - U.S. Open champion a-amateur  
About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.
The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.
For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.




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USGA ANNOUNCES “OPEN FOR ALL” FAN PROGRAMMING TO AMPLIFY HISTORIC 2014 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

New Experiential and Online Fan Engagement to Run Through Championship Weeks
VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (April 21, 2014) – As part of its commitment to make golf more accessible and enjoyable, the United States Golf Association (USGA) has announced “Open For All”, a series of beyond-the-gates experiential initiatives surrounding this year’s historic back-to-back U.S. Open Championships. The fun and interactive events have been designed to attract new audiences and celebrate golf fans’ connection to the game.
The U.S. Open Championships will be held in consecutive weeks at Pinehurst No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C. The 114th U.S. Open will take place June 12-15, followed by the 69th U.S. Women’s Open Championship, June 19-22.  
Three primary elements will define 2014 “Open for All” programming: The U.S. Open: Drive to Pinehurst, U.S. Open Championship Trophy Tour; the first ever on-site Bob Jones Award ceremony; and two weeks of interactive programming and spectator entertainment known as the “U.S. Open Experience”.
“Anyone who has ever attended a U.S. Open knows how special an experience it is,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “’Open for All’ is our anthemic opportunity to bring the excitement of these championships beyond the gates, and deeper into the community. Our championships are defined by the people who volunteer, view and participate and we’re excited to create opportunities for these important audiences to grow in their connection to a game we all love, and open up golf and the USGA to new audiences.”
The U.S. Open: Drive to Pinehurst
In late May, the USGA’s beyond-the-gates programming will kick off with The U.S. Open: Drive to Pinehurst video series, in partnership with Lexus. The three segments will chronicle the captivating stories of three North Carolina-based amateur golfers and their unique and special connection to this year’s Championship. Told through the voice of the individual golfer, each video will share their affinity for the game and their personal golf journey.
Filmed in Pinehurst, Raleigh and Greensboro, the vignettes will be featured on usopen.com and promoted actively throughout online social channels including Facebook, Google and YouTube leading up to commencement of the championship in early June.
Bob Jones Award Ceremony
2014 marks the first year that the USGA will begin a tradition of hosting its annual Bob Jones Award ceremony on-site at the U.S. Open Championship.
The Bob Jones Award is the USGA’s highest honor and annually recognizes an individual who personifies the values of its namesake: sportsmanship, integrity and respect for the game.
On Tuesday, June 10th, U.S. Open Championship ticketholders are encouraged to attend the on-site ceremony and join the USGA, friends and family as they celebrate the life and career of 2014 Bob Jones Award winner Payne Stewart. Spectators will be able to view the ceremony live at 5pm EDT from the Lawn Area near the Pinehurst clubhouse. For those not attending the Championships in Pinehurst, the Award Ceremony will be streamed live in its entirety on www.usga.org.  
Stewart joins previous winners who include Francis Ouimet, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam, President H.W. Bush, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.
Separately, a public screening of a new USGA Film on Payne Stewart’s 1999 U.S. Open victory will run later in the evening in the Village of Pinehurst, beginning at 8pm EDT. The new film entitled, The 1999 U.S. Open: One Moment in Time, was produced through a true collaboration between the USGA Museum and Ross Greenburg, a 51-time Sports Emmy Award winner.
The U.S. Open Experience
Building on the success of last year’s family-friendly events in Philadelphia’s Center City district, the USGA is elevating and expanding its popular “U.S. Open Experience” in 2014.
This year’s “U.S. Open Experience” will feature live musical performances, roundtable discussions, golf films, local cuisine, and interactive golf experiences designed to showcase the game and the host region.
Conveniently located in Tufts Park in the center of the Village of Pinehurst, the “U.S. Open Experience” will feature two weeks of special events with free admission to the public.
Festivities will begin at the conclusion of daily practice or championship play, and will run from June 10th through June 22nd. Scheduled activities include:
6/10    A Tribute to Payne Stewart and screening of a new USGA film paying tribute to the late Stewart, entitled The 1999 U.S. Open: One Moment in Time
6/11    A Tribute to the U.S. Military featuring a performance by the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus
6/12    Spirit of the U.S. Open Film Series and Media Panel Discussion
6/13    A Performance by the North Carolina Symphony
6/16    U.S. Open Volunteer Appreciation Night
6/18    Family Night and Kids’ Skills Challenge
6/19    Spirit of the U.S. Open Film Series and Historical Discussion
6/21    A Performance by the Carolina Philharmonic
A complete and up-to-date schedule of events will be available at www.usopen.com/usopenexperience
“The USGA has an extraordinary partner in the Village of Pinehurst and their special events committee,” said Sarah Hirshland, USGA senior managing director of business affairs. “Together we are working to fulfill our shared vision for the activities surrounding these historic Championships. Their welcoming spirit and openness will leave U.S. Open fans with an outstanding impression of the community and a desire to return.”
“The Village of Pinehurst is pleased to be working with the United States Golf Association to develop an outstanding line-up of events and activities for presentation in the Village of Pinehurst during the U.S. Open Championships,” said Nancy R. Fiorillo, Mayor of the Village of Pinehurst.  “We’re excited at the thought of our community residents, their guests, and those spectators who have traveled to Pinehurst from around the world experiencing the rich history and traditions that make the Village of Pinehurst a wonderful place to live and visit.”
About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.
The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.
For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.



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USGA ANNOUNCES 2014 U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN SECTIONAL QUALIFYING SITES

24 Sectional Qualifiers to be Conducted Between May 5 and May
30

FAR HILLS, N.J. (March 17, 2014) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced sectional qualifying sites for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open Championship, to be contested June 19-22 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2 in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

Sectional qualifying, conducted over 36 holes, will be held at 20 sites across the United States and four international sites between May 5 and May 30. Player applications are now available at www.usga.org/champs/apply. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. EDT on April 30. The championship is open to female professionals, and female amateur golfers with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 2.4.

“Sectional qualifying is a crucial part of bringing this most democratic of championships to the world’s elite players,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee. “With the cooperation of our partners, both domestic and international, we look forward to welcoming the best players from across the globe to Pinehurst.”

Industry Hills Golf Club, near Los Angeles, has held U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifying annually since 2010. Its Eisenhower Course was a local qualifying site in 2009 (the final year of local qualifying, which was conducted from 2002-09), and it hosted sectional qualifying in 1980 and 1982. The Eisenhower Course will also serve as a U.S. Open local qualifying site on May 6.

In addition to Industry Hills, The Heritage at Westmoor, in Westminster, Colo., and The Country Club at DC Ranch, in Scottsdale, Ariz., will host both U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifying and U.S. Open local qualifying. The Heritage at Westmoor will hold U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifying on May 14, two days after U.S. Open local qualifying. The Country Club at DC Ranch will hold U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open qualifying on May 12 and May 28, respectively.

Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach, Fla., will host both U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Open sectional qualifying, on May 30 and June 2, respectively. This will be the second time the club has hosted U.S. Open qualifying and the first time for the Women’s Open.

Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford, N.C., will host U.S. Women’s Open qualifying on its Lake Course for the sixth consecutive year. Three courses will host sectional qualifying for the third time: Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif. (2011, 2013, 2014); Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii (2012-14); and The Woodlands (Texas) Country Club’s Player Course (2012-14). Waialae C.C. was a local qualifying site in 2002, while The Woodlands C.C. hosted Anne Sander’s 1989 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur victory.

As previously announced, international U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifying will be conducted for the first time. Qualifying will be conducted at four sites, in the People’s Republic of China, England, Japan and the Republic of Korea on May 19. 

Two U.S. Women’s Open champions have reached the championship through the qualifying process: Hilary Lunke (2003) and Birdie Kim (2005). Lunke won after advancing through local and sectional qualifying, while Kim competed in the sectional stage.

Considered the world’s premier women’s golf championship, the U.S. Women’s Open is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. The Handicap Index limit was lowered from 4.4 to 2.4 this year due to the rapid growth of women’s amateur golf. The championship was first conducted in 1946 and its winners include notable players such as Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Betsy Rawls, Mickey Wright, Hollis Stacy, Amy Alcott, Meg Mallon, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Inbee Park.

2014 U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying Sites (24)

May 5
The Honors Golf Club Dallas, Carrollton, Texas

May 12
Butler (Pa.) Country Club
Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii

May 14
The Heritage at Westmoor, Westminster, Colo.
Oak Valley Golf Club, Beaumont, Calif.

May 19
Buckinghamshire Golf Club, Buckinghamshire, England
CGA Nanshan International Training Centre (Garden Course), Shandong, China
Higashi Nagoya Country Club, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, Chungnam, Korea

Dunwoody Country Club, Atlanta, Ga.
Half Moon Bay (Calif.) Golf Links (Old Course)
Hermitage Country Club, Manakin-Sabot, Va.
Indian Hill Club, Winnetka, Ill.
North Oaks (Minn.) Golf Club

May 20
Lake Forest Country Club, St. Louis, Mo.
Rainier Golf & Country Club, Seattle, Wash.
The Woodlands (Texas) Country Club (Player Course)

May 21
Rumson (N.J.) Country Club

May 27
Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms Resort (Eisenhower Course), City of Industry, Calif.
Thorny Lea Golf Club, Brockton, Mass.

May 28
The Country Club at DC Ranch, Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, Bradenton, Fla.

May 29
Carolina Trace Country Club (Lake Course), Sanford, N.C.

May 30
Quail Valley Golf Club, Vero Beach, Fla.

Sectional qualifying sites and dates are subject to change. For the most up-to-date list, visit www.usga.org/champs/apply.

About the USGA
The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.

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USGA ANNOUNCES LOCAL QUALIFYING SITES FOR 2014 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

111 Local Qualifiers Will Be Conducted in 42 States During May

FAR HILLS, N.J. (Feb. 26, 2014) – Representing the start of an exciting and dramatic process in which thousands of golfers from around the world will pursue the title of America’s national champion, the United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced local qualifying sites for the 2014 U.S. Open Championship. The U.S. Open will be contested at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2, in Village of Pinehurst, N.C., on June 12-15. Local qualifying, conducted over 18 holes at 111 sites in 42 states, will take place between May 2-19.

“The U.S. Open’s local and sectional qualifying process is the most democratic in that every amateur golfer who meets the USGA Handicap Index® requirement can compete for a spot in the championship field,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “Two-tiered U.S. Open qualifying could not be conducted without the tremendous partnership and expertise provided by state and regional golf associations, and we are grateful for their continued support.”

Those players who advance out of local qualifying will compete in sectional qualifying, which will be conducted over 36 holes at 10 U.S. sites on June 2. For the 10th consecutive year, Japan and England will host international sectional qualifying, both scheduled for May 26.

Several local exemptions for the U.S. Open have been amended and will take effect in 2014. The top 500 point leaders and ties from the Official World Golf Ranking (as of March 3) will be exempt. Any player in the OWGR’s top 500 (as of April 21) who has filed an entry prior to the deadline of 5 p.m. EDT on April 23, will also earn a local exemption. Only the top 150 point leaders were exempted in previous years. In addition, any player who has had multiple finishes in the top 400 of the year-ending OWGR in the last five calendar years (2009-2013) will be exempt from local qualifying.

In 2014, five clubs are hosting U.S. Open local qualifying for at least the 10th consecutive year. Illini Country Club, in Springfield, Ill., has held a U.S. Open local qualifier since the late 1940s, while Maketewah Country Club, in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been a site for more than four decades. Riverton (Wyo.) Country Club and Genoa Lakes Golf Club, in Genoa, Nev., have hosted local qualifying since the 1990s. Collindale Golf Course, in Fort Collins, Colo., has also hosted for at least a decade. Thirty-nine courses return as U.S. Open local qualifying sites from last year.

Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., the site of the 1958, 1977 and 2001 U.S. Opens, is hosting one of this year’s U.S. Open local qualifiers.

There are 16 local qualifying sites in the state of Florida, with the first of the scheduled qualifiers at The Club at Admirals Cove’s East Course in Jupiter on May 2. Fourteen local qualifiers are scheduled in California.

Ken Venturi (1964) and Orville Moody (1969) are the only players to win the U.S. Open after qualifying through both local and sectional play. Last year, 20 players advanced through local and sectional qualifying to the 156-player U.S. Open championship field at Merion Golf Club.

The U.S. Open will be held for the third time at Pinehurst No. 2. In 1999, Payne Stewart made an 18-foot par-saving putt on the final hole to edge Phil Mickelson by one stroke and win his second U.S. Open title. In 2005, Michael Campbell shot a final-round 69 to finish at even-par 280, two strokes ahead of Tiger Woods. To be eligible, a player must have a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional.

Online player registration for the 2014 U.S. Open begins the first week of March (https://champs.usga.org/index.html).

2014 U.S. Open Championship Local Qualifying Sites (111)  
     
Friday, May 2 (1)   Monday, May 12 (cont.)
The Club at Admirals Cove (East Course), Jupiter, Fla.   The Broadmoor G.C. (West Course), Colorado Springs, Colo.
    The Heritage at Westmoor, Westminster, Colo.
Monday, May 5 (24)   C.C. of Farmington, Farmington, Conn.
Timberline G.C., Calera, Ala.   Lake Jovita G. & C.C. (South Course), Dade City, Fla.
Sewailo Golf Club, Tucson, Ariz.   Marsh Creek C.C., St. Augustine, Fla.
Bermuda Dunes C.C., Bermuda Dunes, Calif.   Indian River Club, Vero Beach, Fla.
El Macero C.C., El Macero, Calif.   Marietta C.C., Kennesaw, Ga.
Fort Washington G. & C.C., Fresno, Calif.   Knollwood Club, Lake Forest, Ill.
Barona Creek G.C., Lakeside, Calif.   Illini C.C., Springfield, Ill.
The TPC at Valencia, Valencia, Calif.   South Bend C.C., South Bend, Ind.
Waterlefe G. & River C., Bradenton, Fla.   Muskegon C.C., Muskegon, Mich.
Seagate C.C., Delray Beach, Fla.   The Wilds G.C., Prior Lake, Minn.
The G.C. at North Hampton, Fernandina Beach, Fla.   Genoa Lakes G.C. (Lakes Course), Genoa, Nev.
Orange Tree G.C., Orlando, Fla.   TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nev.
Blue Lakes C.C., Twin Falls, Idaho   Pinewild C.C. (Magnolia Course), Pinehurst, N.C.
George W. Dunne National, Oak Forest, Ill.   Maketewah C.C., Cincinnati, Ohio
Stillwater C.C., Stillwater, Minn.   Kinsale G. & F.C., Powell, Ohio
Hidden Creek G.C., Egg Harbor Township, N.J.   Southern Hills C.C., Tulsa, Okla.
Red Hawk G.C., Las Cruces, N.M.   Long Cove Club, Hilton Head, S.C.
Twin Warriors G.C., Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M.   Falconhead G.C., Austin, Texas
Mill River Club, Oyster Bay, N.Y.   Shadow Hawk G.C., Richmond, Texas
Oak Hill C.C. (West Course), Rochester, N.Y.    
Greensboro C.C. (Farm Course), Greensboro, N.C.   Tuesday, May 13 (16)
The Patriot G.C., Ninety Six, S.C.   Ironwood C.C., Palm Desert, Calif.
Bakker Crossing G.C., Sioux Falls, S.D.   Collindale G.C., Fort Collins, Colo.
Alpine C.C., Highland, Utah   Shark’s Tooth G.C., Lake Powell, Fla.
Royal Oaks C.C., Vancouver, Wash.   The Legacy G. & T.C., Port St. Lucie, Fla.
    The Legends at Chateau Elan, Braselton, Ga.
Tuesday, May 6 (5)   Crofton C.C., Crofton, Md.
Hot Springs C.C. (Arlington Course), Hot Springs, Ark.   Radrick Farms, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Industry Hills G.C. (Eisenhower Course), City of Industry, Calif. Missouri Bluffs G.C., St. Louis, Mo.
Andalusia C.C., La Quinta, Calif.   Missoula C.C., Missoula, Mont.
Blue Top Ridge at Riverside, Riverside, Iowa   Laurel Creek C.C., Mount Laurel, N.J.
Twin Hills C.C., Longmeadow, Mass.   Bedens Brook Club, Skillman, N.J.
    Timber Banks G.C., Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Wednesday, May 7 (11)   Weymouth C.C., Medina, Ohio
Timacuan G. & C.C., Lake Mary, Fla.   Belmont C.C., Perrysburg, Ohio
Fox Hollow G.C., Trinity, Fla.   Point Judith C.C., Narragansett, R.I.
Weston Hills C.C. (Tour Course), Weston, Fla.   Hackberry Creek C.C., Irving, Texas
Hawthorns G. & C.C., Fishers, Ind.    
Sycamore Ridge G.C., Spring Hill, Kan.   Wednesday, May 14 (11)
Paramount C.C., New City, N.Y.   Southern Dunes G.C., Maricopa, Ariz.
Scotch Valley C.C., Hollidaysburg, Pa.   Newport Beach C.C., Newport Beach, Calif.
Holston Hills C.C., Knoxville, Tenn.   Wichita C.C., Wichita, Kan.
Colonial C.C., Memphis, Tenn.   Clustered Spires G.C., Frederick, Md.
Odessa C.C., Odessa, Texas   Whippoorwill Club, Armonk, N.Y.
Cedar Creek G.C., San Antonio, Texas   Schuyler Meadows Club, Loudonville, N.Y.
    Blue Ridge C.C., Harrisburg, Pa.
Thursday, May 8 (6)   Valley Brook C.C., McMurray, Pa.
Encanterra C.C., San Tan Valley, Ariz.   Tumble Creek Club, Roslyn, Wash.
The Preserve G.C., Carmel, Calif.   Edgewood C.C., Sissonville, W. Va.
Lake Wales C.C., Lake Wales, Fla.   Riverton C.C., Riverton, Wyo.
Pinehills G.C., Plymouth, Mass.    
Omaha C.C., Omaha, Neb.   Thursday, May 15 (6)
Huntsville G.C., Shavertown, Pa.   Settlers Bay G.C., Wasilla, Alaska
    La Purisima G.C., Lompoc, Calif.
Friday, May 9 (2)   Kensington G. & C.C., Naples, Fla.
River Landing (River Course), Wallace, N.C.   Shingle Creek G.C., Orlando, Fla.
Mascoutin G.C., Berlin, Wis.   Carter Plantation, Springfield, La.
    Governors Club, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Saturday, May 10 (2)    
Hoakalei C.C., Ewa Beach, Hawaii   Monday, May 19 (2)
The King Kamehameha G.C., Wailuku, Hawaii   Gibson Bay G.C., Richmond, Ky.
    Old American G.C., The Colony, Texas
Monday, May 12 (25)    
C.C. at DC Ranch, Scottsdale, Ariz.    
Indian Ridge C.C. (Grove Course), Palm Desert, Calif.    
Ruby Hill C.C., Pleasanton, Calif.    
Pasatiempo G.C., Santa Cruz, Calif.    

About the USGA

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches, attracting players and fans from more than 160 countries. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, equipment standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s reach is global with a working jurisdiction in the United States, its territories and Mexico, serving more than 25 million golfers and actively engaging 150 golf associations.

The USGA is one of the world’s foremost authorities on research, development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and invests in the development of the game through the delivery of its services and its ongoing “For the Good of the Game” grants program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

For more information about the USGA, visit www.usga.org.

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