More Than 2,700 Entries Accepted For 2014 U.S. Senior Open

By USGA
May 29, 2014

Kenny Perry will be the defending champion at Oak Tree National after weekend rounds of 64-63 propelled him to a five stroke victory at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club in the 2013 U.S. Senior Open. (USGA/Fred Vuich)

FAR HILLS, N.J – The United States Golf Association today announced that it has accepted 2,715 entries for the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship, scheduled for July 10-13 at Oak Tree National, in Edmond, Okla. Twelve past champions are among the 80 players who are currently fully exempt into the field for the championship.

“Players aspire to win the U.S. Senior Open Championship, and that is evidenced by the number of entries,” said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and Championship Committee chairman. “We are excited to bring the U.S. Senior Open to both Oklahoma and Oak Tree National for the first time and look forward to awarding the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy to the champion in July.”

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 June 12-24. There are qualifying sites in 27 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 2014 U.S. Senior Open.

The USGA received entries for the 35th U.S. Senior Open from golfers in 49 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 30 foreign countries. The record for entries was established in 2002, when 3,101 golfers applied to play.

Kenny Perry, the 2013 champion, and 11 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), Larry Laoretti (1992), Graham Marsh (1997) and Don Pooley (2002).

There are five U.S. Open champions among the 80 exempted players. They are: three-time champion Hale Irwin (1974, 1979, 1990), Steve Jones (1996), Tom Kite (1992), Corey Pavin (1995) and Scott Simpson (1987).

For the fourth consecutive year, only online entries were accepted, beginning on March 5. Dave Tentis, a 52-year-old professional from Woodbury, Minn., submitted his entry eight seconds before the deadline of 5 p.m. EDT on May 28. Kenneth Noonan, a 58-year-old amateur from Pacific Grove, Calif., was the first entrant.

More information about the U.S. Senior Open before, during and after the 2014 championship at Oak Tree National can be found at www.ussenioropen.com.

2014 U.S. Senior Open Exemption List  (as of May 28):  
Michael Allen   Jeff Hart   Kenny Perry
Stephen Ames   Scott Hoch   Don Pooley
Billy Andrade   John Huston   Nick Price
Woody Austin   Kohki Idoki   Sam Randolph
Simon Brown   Hale Irwin   Mike Reid
Olin Browne   Peter Jacobsen   John Riegger
Bart Bryant   Steve Jones   Loren Roberts
Brad Bryant   Tom Kite   Gene Sauers
Mark Calcavecchia   Bernhard Langer   Peter Senior
Roger Chapman   Larry Laoretti   Scott Simpson
Russ Cochran   Tom Lehman   Joey Sindelar
John Cook   Steve Lowery   Vijay Singh
Fred Couples   Jeff Maggert   Jeff Sluman
Joe Daley   Graham Marsh   Craig Stadler
Joe Durant   Miguel Angel Martin   Kevin Sutherland
Dave Eichelberger   a-Michael McCoy   Hal Sutton
Steve Elkington   Rocco Mediate   Steen Tinning
Brad Faxon   Larry Mize   Esteban Toledo
Dan Forsman   Colin Montgomerie   Kirk Triplett
Peter Fowler   Gil Morgan   Bob Tway
David Frost   Kiyoshi Murota   Scott Verplank
Fred Funk   Seiki Okuda   Duffy Waldorf
Bob Gilder   a-Pat O’Donnell   Paul Wesselingh
Philip Golding   Mark O’Meara   Mark Wiebe
Mike Goodes   Steve Pate   Chris Williams
Jay Haas   Corey Pavin   Willie Wood
a-Doug Hanzel   Tom Pernice Jr.    
Bold – U.S. Senior Open champion    
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