USGA Announces 24 Additional Exemptions

Two-Time U.S. Open Champion Ernie Els Among Exempt Players

May 23, 2012

Far Hills, N.J. (May 23) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that 24 additional golfers, including two-time champion Ernie Els, have earned full exemptions into the 2012 U.S. Open Championship, to be played June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif., bringing the number of fully exempt players to 77. 

The exemptions were awarded to players who earned a place in the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking as of May 21. Els, who won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997, is ranked No. 44. 

Those who earned full exemptions through the current Official World Golf Ranking are: Sang-Moon Bae, Thomas Bjorn, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Paul Casey, Nicolas Colsaerts, Ben Crane, Simon Dyson, Ernie Els, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño, Rickie Fowler, Anders Hansen, Ryo Ishikawa, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Zach Johnson, Robert Karlsson, K.T. Kim, Martin Laird, Francesco Molinari, Kevin Na, Carl Pettersson, Ian Poulter, Alvaro Quiros, Robert Rock and Kyle Stanley. 

The number of fully exempt golfers may increase with the inclusion of the top 60 players from the Official World Golf Ranking as of June 11. The winner of this week’s European Tour BMW PGA Championship also earns an exemption. 

The first sectional qualifier for the 2012 U.S. Open was held May 21 in Japan, where six spots in the 156-player field were determined. An additional international qualifier will be held in Surrey, England, on May 28. Sectional qualifying in the United States will take place at 11 sites on Monday, June 4. 

A list of the 77 golfers fully exempt into the 2012 U.S. Open as of May 21 is below. It can also be found at this link: 

 2012 U.S. Open Exemption List (as of May 21): 

Aaron Baddeley                         12, 13 

Sang-Moon Bae                        13 

Thomas Bjorn                            13 

Keegan Bradley                         7, 12, 13 

Jonathan Byrd                           12, 13 

Olin Browne                              10 

Angel Cabrera                           1, 5 

Rafael Cabrera-Bello                  13 

Michael Campbell                      1 

Patrick Cantlay                          2, 4 

Paul Casey                               13 

Kevin Chappell                          11 

K.J. Choi                                  8, 12, 13 

Stewart Cink                              6 

Tim Clark                                   8 

Darren Clarke                            6 

Nicolas Colsaerts                      13 

Ben Crane                                 13 

Jason Day                                11, 12, 13 

Luke Donald                              12, 13 

Jason Dufner                            12, 13 

Simon Dyson                            13 

Ernie Els                                   13 

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño      13 

Rickie Fowler                             13 

Jim Furyk                                  1, 13 

Sergio Garcia                            11, 13 

Robert Garrigus                         11 

Lucas Glover                             1 

Retief Goosen                           1 

Bill Haas                                   12, 13 

Anders Hansen                          13 

Peter Hanson                            11, 13 

Padraig Harrington                    6, 7 

Charles Howell III                       12 

Trevor Immelman                       5 

Ryo Ishikawa                             13 

Fredrik Jacobson                      12, 13 

Miguel Angel Jimenez                13 

Dustin Johnson                         12, 13 

Zach Johnson                           13 

Robert Karlsson                        13 

Martin Kaymer                           7, 13 

K.T. Kim                                   13 

Matt Kuchar                              8, 12, 13 

Martin Laird                               13 

*Paul Lawrie                              13 

Hunter Mahan                            12, 13 

Graeme McDowell                     1, 13 

Rory McIlroy                             1, 11, 13 

Phil Mickelson                           5, 12, 13 

Francesco Molinari                    13 

Kevin Na                                   13 

Geoff Ogilvy                             1, 12, 13 

Louis Oosthuizen                       6, 11, 13 

Carl Pettersson                         13 

Ian Poulter                                13 

Alvaro Quiros                            13 

Chez Reavie                              12 

Robert Rock                              13 

Justin Rose                               12, 13 

Charl Schwartzel                        5, 11, 13 

Adam Scott                              12, 13 

John Senden                             12, 13 

Webb Simpson                         12, 13 

Vijay Singh                               12 

Brandt Snedeker                        12, 13 

Kyle Stanley                              13 

Steve Stricker                            12, 13 

David Toms                              12, 13 

Bo Van Pelt                              12, 13 

Nick Watney                              12, 13 

Bubba Watson                          5, 12, 13 

Lee Westwood                          11, 13 

Mark Wilson                              12, 13 

Gary Woodland                         12 

Tiger Woods                             1, 7, 13 

Y.E Yang                                  7, 11, 12 

*will not use exemption 

Key to Player Exemptions 

  1. Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last 10 years (2002-11) 
  2. Winner and runner-up of the 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship (must be an amateur) 
  3. Winner of the 2011 British Amateur Championship (must be an amateur) 
  4. Winner of the 2011 Mark H. McCormack Medal (top-ranked in WAGR & must be an amateur) 
  5. Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years (2008-12) 
  6. Winners of the British Open Championship the last five years (2007-11) 
  7. Winners of the PGA of America Championship the last five years (2007-11) 
  8. Winners of the Players Championship the last three years (2010-12) 
  9. Winner of the 2012 European Tour BMW PGA Championship 
  10. Winner of the 2011 U.S. Senior Open Championship 
  11. From the 2011 U.S. Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place 
  12. Those players who qualified for the season-ending 2011 Tour Championship 
  13. Top 60 point leaders and ties from the current World Ranking as of May 21, 2012 
  14. Top 60 point leaders and ties from the current World Ranking as of June 11, 2012 
  15. Special exemptions selected by the USGA 

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