Far Hills, N.J. (May 24) – Seven additional golfers have earned full exemptions into the 2011 U.S. Open Championship, t" />

7 Additional Players Exempt For U.S. Open

By USGA
May 24, 2011

David Toms earned full exemptions through the current World Golf Ranking. (John Mummert/USGA) 

 

Far Hills, N.J. (May 24) – Seven additional golfers have earned full exemptions into the 2011 U.S. Open Championship, to be played June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., bringing the number of fully exempt players to 72. 

The exemptions were awarded to players who met one or more of the following criteria, as of May 23: top 50 point leaders in the Official World Golf Ranking; top 10 money leaders from the official 2011 PGA Tour money list; and top five money leaders from the official 2011 PGA European Tour money list.  

Those who earned full exemptions through the current World Golf Ranking were: Anders Hansen, Peter Hanson, Ryo Ishikawa, Matteo Manassero, Rory Sabbatini and David Toms. In addition, Aaron Baddeley earned an exemption from his ninth-place position on the PGA Tour money list. 

The remaining 44 of the top 50 ranked players were already fully exempt through other criteria. 

Sabbatini and Toms also became fully exempt, joining Baddeley, by ranking among the year’s top 10 money leaders on the PGA Tour, as of May 23. The rest of the top 10 money leaders were already fully exempt. 

Hansen was additionally exempt because he was among the top five money leaders on the PGA European Tour for 2011 as of May 23.   

The number of fully exempt golfers may increase with the inclusion of the top 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking as of June 13. Additional exemptions from sectional qualifying could be earned by a winner of one of the three remaining PGA Tour events to be played prior to the U.S. Open, if the winner is not already fully exempt and if it is his second PGA Tour win since June 20, 2010. 

The first sectional qualifier was held May 23 in Japan, where four spots in the 156-player field were determined. Sectional qualifying in the USA will take place at 11 sites on June 6 and another qualifier will be held in Surrey, England on May 30. 

A list of the 72 golfers who are already fully exempt into the 2011 U.S. Open follows: (a=amateur) 

 

Robert Allenby                         

Aaron Baddeley 

Jonathan Byrd              

Angel Cabrera               

Michael Campbell         

Paul Casey                    

Alex Cejka                    

K.J. Choi                      

a-David Chung                         

Stewart Cink                 

Tim Clark                     

Ben Crane                     

Jason Day                     

Luke Donald                 

Ernie Els                       

Rickie Fowler               

Hiroyuki Fujita                         

Jim Furyk                     

Lucas Glover                

Retief Goosen               

Bill Haas 

Anders Hansen 

Peter Hanson                

Padraig Harrington        

Gregory Havret                         

Charley Hoffman         

Trevor Immelman 

Ryo Ishikawa    

Miguel Angel Jimenez   

Dustin Johnson                         

Zach Johnson               

Robert Karlsson                        

Martin Kaymer                         

Anthony Kim                

Kyung-Tae Kim            

Matt Kuchar                  

Martin Laird                  

Davis Love III              

Hunter Mahan               

Graeme McDowell        

Rory McIlroy                

Phil Mickelson 

Matteo Manassero         

Edoardo Molinari          

Francesco Molinari       

Ryan Moore                  

Kevin Na                      

Geoff Ogilvy                

Louis Oosthuizen          

Jeff Overton                 

Ryan Palmer                 

Ian Poulter                    

Alvaro Quiros               

Justin Rose 

Rory Sabbatini              

Charl Schwartzel           

Adam Scott                   

Heath Slocum               

Brandt Snedeker           

Henrik Stenson                         

Kevin Streelman           

Steve Stricker    

David Toms      

a-Peter Uihlein             

Bo Van Pelt                  

Camilo Villegas                        

Nick Watney                 

Bubba Watson             

Lee Westwood             

Mark Wilson                 

Tiger Woods                 

Y.E. Yang
Partner Links
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image
Chevron
   

The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.


Chevron image
Rolex
   

Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.



Rolex image
IBM
   

IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website, www.usopen.com, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit http://www.usopen.com/IBM

AmEx image
Lexus
   

Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

For more information on Lexus, visit http://www.lexus.com/

AmEx image
American Express
   

Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

For more information on American Express visit www.americanexpress.com/entertainment


AmEx image