More Than 2,700 Entries Accepted For 2013 U.S. Senior Open Championship

78 players, including 12 champions, are fully exempt

Defending champion Roger Chapman is one of 78 golfers fully exempt into the 2013 U.S. Senior Open at Omaha (Neb.) C.C. (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)
June 6, 2013

The United States Golf Association today announced that 2,746 golfers have entered to play in the 2013 U.S. Senior Open Championship, scheduled for July 11-14 at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club. Twelve champions are among the 78 players who are currently fully exempt into the field for the championship.

“We look forward to bringing the U.S. Senior Open Championship to Nebraska and Omaha Country Club for the first time this July,” said Thomas J. O’Toole Jr., USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “The U.S. Senior Open is considered the world’s premier championship for men’s senior golfers. The number of entries demonstrates the great interest in playing for the coveted Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy.”

The U.S. Senior Open is open to professional golfers and amateurs with a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4 who are 50 years of age at the start of championship play.

Sectional qualifying will be played over 18 holes at 34 sites across the United States between June 17-27. In addition, places in the 156-player field are reserved for eligible winners of official PGA Tour and Champions Tour events in the weeks remaining before the 2013 U.S. Senior Open.

The USGA received entries for the 34th U.S. Senior Open from golfers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The total of 81 applicants represents 27 countries.

Roger Chapman, the 2012 champion, and 11 other champions are fully exempt from having to qualify for the championship. They are: Olin Browne (2011), Brad Bryant (2007), Allen Doyle (2005, 2006), Dave Eichelberger (1999), Fred Funk (2009), Hale Irwin (1998, 2000), Peter Jacobsen (2004), Bernhard Langer (2010), Graham Marsh (1997), Don Pooley (2002) and Eduardo Romero (2008).

For the third consecutive year, only online entries were accepted. James Rue, a 58-year-old professional from Dayton, Ohio, submitted his entry less than five minutes before the deadline of 5 p.m. EDT on June 5. Brian Gold, a 58-year-old amateur from Burr Ridge, Ill., was the first entrant.


2013 U.S. Senior Open Exemption List (as of June 5)
Michael Allen Kouki Idoki Tom Purtzer
Jay Don Blake Hale Irwin Mike Reid
Olin Browne Peter Jacobsen Loren Roberts
Brad Bryant Steve Jones Eduardo Romero
Mark Calcavecchia Tom Kite Gene Sauers
Roger Chapman Barry Lane Peter Senior
Russ Cochran Bernhard Langer Scott Simpson
John Cook Tom Lehman Paul Simson (a)
Fred Couples Steve Lowery Joey Sindelar
Joe Daley Chien Soon Lu Curtis Skinner (a)
Allen Doyle Graham Marsh Jeff Sluman
Dave Eichelberger Dick Mast Craig Stadler
Steve Elkington Mark McNulty Hal Sutton
Brad Faxon Rocco Mediate Lance Ten Broeck
Dan Forsman Larry Mize Tim Thelen
Peter Fowler Colin Montgomerie Esteban Toledo
David Frost Gil Morgan Kirk Triplett
Fred Funk Larry Nelson Bob Tway
Bob Gilder Mark O'Meara Duffy Waldorf
Bill Glasson Joe Ozaki Tom Watson
Mike Goodes Jerry Pate D.A. Weibring
Jay Haas Corey Pavin Paul Wesselingh
Gary Hallberg Tom Pernice Jr. Mark Wiebe
Doug Hanzel (a) Kenny Perry Chris Williams
Scott Hoch Don Pooley Gary Wolstenholme
John Huston Nick Price Willie Wood
Bold: U.S. Senior Open Champion  
(a): amateur    

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