More Than 9,000 Entries Accepted For 2010 U.S. Open  February 14, 2015

More Than 9,000 Entries Accepted For 2010 U.S. Open 

Far Hills, N.J. (April 29) – The United States Golf Association has accepted 9,052 entries for the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, including entries from the 63 golfers who are currently fully exempt into the field.

The number of entries for the 110th championship, to be contested June 17-20, is the second-highest ever, just shy of the 9,086 entries received for the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course in Farmingdale, N.Y.

The USGA received entries from golfers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 68 foreign countries, including 783 applicants who listed foreign addresses. 

Nine past champions are fully exempt from having to qualify for the upcoming championship. They are: Angel Cabrera (2007), Michael Campbell (2005), Ernie Els (1994, 1997), Jim Furyk (2003), Lucas Glover (2009), Retief Goosen (2001, 2004), Geoff Ogilvy (2006), Tom Watson (1982) and Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008).

Ninety-five percent of the entries were received online, including 662 on the last day applications were accepted (April 28). The USGA received 118 entries online in the final hour. Brent Hurt, 30, of Lockhart, Texas, submitted his entry online at 4:59:47 p.m., just 13 seconds before the deadline of 5 p.m. EDT. Joseph Saladino, a 30-year-old amateur from Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., was the first entrant on March 3.

The youngest golfer to enter was Italian-born Domenico Geminiani, 14, of Bradenton, Fla. The oldest applicant was 81-year-old Harris Moore Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif. To be eligible, a player must have a Handicap Index® no higher than 1.4, or be a professional.

Local qualifying, which will be played over 18 holes at 111 sites, will take place between May 7-20.

Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, will be conducted at two sites (in Japan and England) on May 24 and 13 sites in the United States on June 7. A total of 171 applicants chose an international site (43 Japan, 128 England). It is the sixth consecutive year that the USGA has offered two international sectional qualifiers.

The number of fully exempt golfers will increase with the inclusion of the top 50 players from the World Golf Ranking, the top 10 money leaders on the 2010 PGA Tour and the top five money leaders on the 2010 European PGA Tour, all as of May 24. The winner of The PLAYERS Championship (May 6-9) also receives an exemption, as does any multiple winner of official PGA Tour co-sponsored events between June 21, 2009, and June 13, 2010.

More information about the U.S. Open before, during and after the championship can be found at www.USOPEN.com.

A list of the 63 golfers who are already fully exempt into the 2010 U.S. Open follows: (a=amateur)  

Stephen Ames  Soren Hansen  Kevin Na 
a-Byeong-Hun An     Padraig Harrington  Geoff Ogilvy 
Ricky Barnes  Yuta Ikeda  Sean O’Hair 
Matt Bettencourt  Trevor Immelman  Kenny Perry 
Angel Cabrera  Ryo Ishikawa  Ian Poulter 
Michael Campbell  Dustin Johnson                          John Rollins 
Paul Casey  Zach Johnson    Rory Sabbatini  
Stewart Cink  Martin Kaymer              John Senden 
Tim Clark  Jerry Kelly  Michael Sim 
Luke Donald  Soren Kjeldsen              Heath Slocum   
Jason Dufner  Matt Kuchar  Henrik Stenson 
David Duval  Marc Leishman              Steve Stricker 
Simon Dyson  Justin Leonard  David Toms 
Ernie Els  Hunter Mahan  Scott Verplank  
Ross Fisher  Steve Marino  Nick Watney 
Fred Funk  a-Ben Martin  Tom Watson 
Jim Furyk  Ross McGowan             Mike Weir 
Sergio Garcia  Rory McIlroy  Lee Westwood 
Brian Gay  Phil Mickelson  Oliver Wilson 
Lucas Glover  Francesco Molinari  Tiger Woods 
Retief Goosen    Ryan Moore 

Y.E. Yang