USGA Announces 27 Additional Players Exempt for 2016 U.S. Open Championship

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U.S. Amateur Champions Ryan Moore, Byeong Hun An and Matthew Fitzpatrick Among Group

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The United States Golf Association today announced that 27 additional golfers, including U.S. Amateur champions Ryan Moore, Byeong Hun An and Matthew Fitzpatrick, have earned full exemptions into the 2016 U.S. Open Championship, to be played June 16-19 at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. These exemptions bring the number of fully exempt players to 78.

All 27 exemptions were awarded to players who earned a place in the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) as of May 23. Byeong Hun An, who won the 2009 U.S. Amateur, is ranked No. 26. He has played in two U.S. Opens. Fitzpatrick, who won the 2013 U.S. Amateur, is ranked No. 44. He tied for 48th and was the low amateur in the 2014 U.S. Open, his lone appearance. Moore, who claimed the 2004 U.S. Amateur Championship and the 2002 and 2004 U.S. Amateur Public Links titles and has four PGA Tour victories, is ranked No. 49. Moore has competed in nine previous U.S. Opens. His best finish was a tie for 10th in 2009 at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course.

The other players who earned full exemptions through the current Official World Golf Ranking are: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Rafael Cabrera Bello, Kevin Chappell, Jamie Donaldson, Sergio Garcia, Emiliano Grillo, James Hahn, Billy Horschel, Thongchai Jaidee, Smylie Kaufman, K.T. Kim, Chris Kirk, Patton Kizzire, Soren Kjeldsen, Russell Knox, Anirban Lahiri, Marc Leishman, David Lingmerth, Andy Sullivan, Justin Thomas, Jaco Van Zyl, Lee Westwood, Bernd Wiesberger and Chris Wood.

Garcia, who recorded his ninth PGA Tour victory by winning the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship on May 22, moved to No. 12 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He is the highest-ranked player in the current OWGR that was not previously exempt into the U.S. Open. Garcia, who has also posted 11 PGA European Tour wins, has competed in 16 U.S. Opens and registered four top-10 finishes. He tied for third in 2005 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

The winner of the European Tour BMW PGA Championship (May 26-29) will also earn an exemption. The number of fully exempt golfers may increase with the inclusion of the top 60 players from the OWGR as of Monday, June 13.

The first of two international sectional qualifiers for the 2016 U.S. Open was held May 23, in Japan, where four spots in the 156-player field were determined. England will host qualifying for the 12th consecutive year on May 30. Those players who qualify are in addition to the 78 fully exempt players listed below.

Sectional qualifying in the United States, at 36 holes, will take place at 10 sites on Monday, June 6. The sites are: Lake Merced Golf Club & The Olympic Club (Ocean Course), San Francisco, Calif.; Timuquana Country Club, Jacksonville, Fla.; Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek Course), Roswell, Ga.; Woodmont Country Club (North Course), Rockville, Md.; Canoe Brook Country Club (North and South Courses), Summit, N.J.; Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club & Wedgewood Golf and Country Club, Columbus, Ohio; Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Ohio; Germantown Country Club & Ridgeway Country Club, Memphis, Tenn.; Lakeside Country Club, Houston, Texas; and Royal Oaks Country Club, Vancouver, Wash.

The U.S. Open will be contested for a record ninth time at Oakmont Country Club. Previous U.S. champions at Oakmont are: Tommy Armour (1927), Sam Parks Jr. (1935), Ben Hogan (1953), Jack Nicklaus (1962), Johnny Miller (1973), Larry Nelson (1983), Ernie Els (1994) and Angel Cabrera (2007).

A list of the 78 golfers fully exempt into the 2016 U.S. Open as of May 23 (not including the four international sectional qualifiers from Japan) is below. It can also be found at this link:

2016 U.S. Open Exemption List (as of May 23):

Byeong Hun An            13
Kiradech Aphibarnrat        13
a-Derek Bard            2
Daniel Berger            12, 13
Steven Bowditch        12
Keegan Bradley            7
Angel Cabrera            1
Rafael Cabrera Bello        13
Paul Casey            12, 13
Kevin Chappell            13
Darren Clarke            6        
Jason Day            7, 8, 11, 12, 13
Jamie Donaldson        13
Jason Dufner            7
Ernie Els            6
Harris English             12
Matthew Fitzpatrick        13
Rickie Fowler            8, 12, 13
Jim Furyk            12, 13
Sergio Garcia            13    
Lucas Glover            1
Branden Grace            11, 13
Emiliano Grillo            13
Retief Goosen            15
Bill Haas            12, 13    
James Hahn            13    
Charley Hoffman        12, 13
J.B. Holmes            12, 13    
Billy Horschel            13
Thongchai Jaidee        13    
Dustin Johnson            11, 12, 13
Zach Johnson            6, 12, 13
Smylie Kaufman        13    
Martin Kaymer            1, 8, 13
K.T. Kim            13
Chris Kirk            13
Kevin Kisner            12, 13
Patton Kizzire            13
Soren Kjeldsen            13
Russell Knox            13        
Brooks Koepka            12, 13
Matt Kuchar            12, 13
Anirban Lahiri            13
Danny Lee            12, 13
Marc Leishman            13
David Lingmerth        13
Shane Lowry            11, 13
Jeff Maggert            10        
Hideki Matsuyama        12, 13
Graeme McDowell        1
Rory McIlroy                 1, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13
Phil Mickelson            6, 13
Ryan Moore            13
Kevin Na            12, 13
Geoff Ogilvy            1        
Louis Oosthuizen        11, 12, 13
Scott Piercy            12, 13        
a-Jon Rahm            4
Patrick Reed            12, 13        
Justin Rose            1, 12, 13
Charl Schwartzel        11, 13
Adam Scott            5, 11, 13    
Webb Simpson        1
Cameron Smith            11
Brandt Snedeker        11, 12, 13
Jordan Spieth            1, 5, 11, 12, 13
Henrik Stenson            12, 13
Robert Streb            12
Andy Sullivan            13
Justin Thomas            13
Jaco Van Zyl            13        
Jimmy Walker            12, 13        
Bubba Watson            5, 12, 13
Lee Westwood             13
Bernd Wiesberger        13
Danny Willett            5, 13
Chris Wood            13        
Tiger Woods            1


Key to Player Exemptions:
1)    Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last 10 years (2006-15)
2)    Winner and runner-up of the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
3)    Winner of the 2015 Amateur Championship, conducted by The R&A (must be an amateur)
4)    Winner of the 2015 Mark H. McCormack Medal (top-ranked in WAGR & must be an amateur)
5)    Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years (2012-16)
6)    Winners of The Open Championship, conducted by the R&A, the last five years (2011-15)
7)    Winners of The PGA of America Championship the last five years (2011-15)
8)    Winners of The Players Championship the last three years (2014-16)
9)    Winner of the 2016 European Tour BMW PGA Championship
10)    Winner of the 2015 U.S. Senior Open Championship
11)    From the 2015 U.S. Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place
12)    Those players who qualified for the season-ending 2015 Tour Championship
13)    Top 60 point leaders and ties from the current World Ranking as of May 23, 2016
14)    Top 60 point leaders and ties from the current World Ranking as of June 13, 2016
15)    Special exemptions selected by the USGA

About the USGA
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