U.S. SENIOR OPEN
More Than 2,400 to Aim For U.S. Senior Open Glory May 7, 2015 | FAR HILLS, N.J. By USGA

2000 U.S. Open co-runner-up Miguel Angel Jiménez, a 21-time European Tour winner, is one of 79 players exempt into the U.S. Senior Open. (USGA/Michael Cohen)

FAR HILLS, N.J. – A total of 2,445 entries have been accepted for the 2015 U.S. Senior Open Championship, scheduled for June 25-28 at Del Paso Country Club, in Sacramento, Calif. Eleven past champions are among the 79 players who are currently fully exempt into the championship.

“The U.S. Senior Open is senior golf’s most coveted championship and the number of entries is evidence of the interest,” said Diana Murphy, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “We are excited to bring the U.S. Senior Open to Northern California and Del Paso Country Club for the first time and look forward to awarding the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy to the champion in June.”

The U.S. Senior Open is open to professional golfers and amateurs with a 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 May 11 and June 4. There are qualifying sites in 26 states, including five in California and three in Florida. 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 2015 U.S. Senior Open.

The USGA accepted entries for the 36th U.S. Senior Open from golfers in 49 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 25 foreign countries. The record for entries was established in 2002, when 3,101 golfers applied to play.

Colin Montgomerie, the 2014 champion, and 10 other Senior Open champions are fully exempt from having to qualify for the championship. They are: Olin Browne (2011), Brad Bryant (2007), Roger Chapman (2012), Dave Eichelberger (1999), Fred Funk (2009), Hale Irwin (1998, 2000), Peter Jacobsen (2004), Bernhard Langer (2010), Kenny Perry (2013) and Eduardo Romero (2008).

There are eight U.S. Open champions among the 79 exempt players. They are: three-time champion Hale Irwin (1974, 1979, 1990), Lee Janzen (1993, 1998), Steve Jones (1996), Tom Kite (1992), Jerry Pate (1976), Corey Pavin (1995), Scott Simpson (1987) and Tom Watson (1982).

For the fifth consecutive year, only online entries were accepted, beginning on March 4. John Heaton, a 51-year-old professional from Carlsbad, N.M., submitted his entry 1 minute, 48 seconds before the deadline of 5 p.m. EDT on May 6. John Abendroth, a 62-year-old professional from Burlingame, Calif., was the first entrant.

The 79 golfers who are fully exempt into the 2015 U.S. Senior Open (as of May 6):

Michael Allen

 

Kohki Idoki

 

Kenny Perry

Stephen Ames

 

Hale Irwin

 

John Riegger

Billy Andrade

 

Peter Jacobsen

 

Loren Roberts

Woody Austin

 

Lee Janzen

 

Eduardo Romero

Mark Brooks

 

Miguel Angel Jimenez

 

Gene Sauers

Olin Browne

 

Steve Jones

 

Peter Senior

Bart Bryant

 

Tom Kite

 

Wes Short Jr.

Brad Bryant

 

Masahiro Kuramoto

 

Scott Simpson

Tom Byrum

 

Barry Lane

 

Joey Sindelar

Mark Calcavecchia

 

Bernhard Langer

 

Vijay Singh

Roger Chapman

 

Tom Lehman

 

Jeff Sluman

Russ Cochran

 

Steve Lowery

 

Craig Stadler

John Cook

 

Jeff Maggert

 

Kevin Sutherland

Fred Couples

 

Paul Mayo

 

Hal Sutton

Marco Dawson

 

a-Michael McCoy

 

a-Patrick Tallent

Scott Dunlap

 

Rocco Mediate

 

Lance Ten Broeck

Joe Durant

 

Eric Meeks

 

Esteban Toledo

Dave Eichelberger

 

Larry Mize

 

Kirk Triplett

David Frost

 

Cesar Monasterio

 

Bob Tway

Fred Funk

 

Colin Montgomerie

 

Scott Verplank

Rick Gibson

 

Kiyoshi Murota

 

Duffy Waldorf

Bob Gilder

 

a-Bryan Norton

 

Tom Watson

Philip Golding

 

Mark O’Meara

 

Paul Wesselingh

Paul Goydos

 

Jesper Parnevik

 

Mark Wiebe

Jay Haas

 

Jerry Pate

 

Ian Woosnam

Scott Hoch

 

Corey Pavin

 

 

John Huston

 

Tom Pernice Jr.

 

 

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