Final Exemption List for US Open-Full Field Set


UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (June 15, 2015) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that two additional players have earned full exemptions into the 2015 U.S. Open Championship, to be contested June 1821 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., bringing the number of fully exempt players to 76. Additionally, four alternates from sectional qualifying were added to complete the 156-player field.

Kevin Kisner earned an exemption based on the current Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). Kisner, who is No. 55 in the OWGR, is playing in his second U.S. Open. The 31-year-old from Aiken, S.C., has finished second twice on the PGA Tour this season. He lost playoffs at the RBC Heritage (won by Jim Furyk) and The Players Championship (won by Rickie Fowler). Kisner, who owns two Tour victories, was a member of the University of Georgia squad that won the 2005 NCAA Championship.

Andy Sullivan, who is No. 58 in the OWGR, is making his first U.S. Open appearance. The 29-year-old from England has won twice on the PGA European Tour this season. He captured the South Africa Open and the Joburg Open. Sullivan represented Great Britain & Ireland in the 2011 Walker Cup Match.

The USGA held six spots in the field for those players who could potentially qualify by moving into the top 60 of the OWGR, as of June 15. Since Kisner and Sullivan were the only players to earn an exemption, four alternates from sectional qualifying were added to the field. They are Kevin Chappell, Jimmy Gunn, Steve Marino and Josh Persons.

Chappell, 28, was the first alternate from the Columbus, Ohio, sectional. He will play in his fourth U.S. Open. His best finish was a tie for third at Congressional Country Club in 2011. Chappell, who won on the Nationwide Tour in 2010, tied for 10th in the 2012 Open at The Olympic Club, in San Francisco, Calif.

Gunn, 34, of Scotland, was the first alternate from the Memphis Tenn., sectional. He is competing in his first U.S. Open. Gunn caddied at Scotland’s Royal Dornoch and worked as a part-time carpenter before moving to the United States to play professionally seven years ago. He plays primarily on the eGolf Gateway Tour.

Marino, 35, of St. Simons Island, Ga., is playing in his fifth U.S. Open. He was the first alternate from the Dallas, Texas, sectional. His best finish in an Open was a tie for 63rd in 2010 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. He has made the 36-hole cut in all four major professional championships.

Persons is competing in his first U.S. Open. He was the first alternate from the Rockville, Md., sectional qualifier. The 31-year-old from Fargo, N.D., has played in nine Tour events this season. He advanced to the Round of 32 in the 2003 U.S. Amateur.

There were 111 U.S. Open local qualifying sites that led to 12 sectional qualifiers, including international sites in Japan and England on May 25. Sectional qualifying in the United States took place at 10 sites on June 8. The USGA accepted 9,882 entries by the deadline of April 29, the second-highest total ever (10,127 entries were accepted for the 2014 U.S. Open).

A list of the 76 golfers fully exempt into the 2015 U.S. Open is below.

2015 U.S. Open Exemption List (as of June 15):

Byeong-Hun An 9, 13 Joost Luiten 13
Keegan Bradley 7, 11, 13 Hunter Mahan 12, 13
Angel Cabrera 1 Ben Martin 13
Paul Casey 13 Hideki Matsuyama 12, 13
Darren Clarke 6 Graeme McDowell 1, 13
George Coetzee 13 Rory McIlroy 1, 6, 7, 12, 13
Erik Compton 11 Phil Mickelson 6, 13
Jason Day 11, 12, 13 Francesco Molinari 13
Jamie Donaldson 13 Colin Montgomerie 10
Victor Dubuisson 13 Ryan Moore 13
Jason Dufner 7 Kevin Na 12, 13
Ernie Els 6 a-Bradley Neil 3
Matthew Every 13 Geoff Ogilvy 1
Tommy Fleetwood 13 Louis Oosthuizen 6, 13
Rickie Fowler 8, 11, 12, 13 Ryan Palmer 12, 13
Jim Furyk 12, 13 Ian Poulter 13
Stephen Gallacher 13 Patrick Reed 12, 13
Sergio Garcia 12, 13 Justin Rose 1, 12, 13
Lucas Glover 1 a-Oliver Schniederjans 4
Branden Grace 13 Charl Schwartzel 5, 13
Bill Haas 12, 13 Adam Scott 5, 11, 12, 13
Russell Henley 12, 13 John Senden 12, 13
Charley Hoffman 13 Webb Simpson 1, 12, 13
Morgan Hoffmann 12 Brandt Snedeker 11, 13
J.B. Holmes 13 Jordan Spieth 5, 12, 13
Billy Horschel 12, 13 Henrik Stenson 11, 13
Thongchai Jaidee 13 Andy Sullivan 14
Miguel Angel Jimenez 13 Brendon Todd 12, 13
Dustin Johnson 11, 13 Cameron Tringale 12
Zach Johnson 12, 13 Jimmy Walker 11, 12, 13
Martin Kaymer 1, 7, 8, 11, 12, ,13 Marc Warren 13
Chris Kirk 12, 13 Bubba Watson 5, 12, 13
Kevin Kisner 14 Lee Westwood 13
Brooks Koepka 11, 13 Bernd Wiesberger 13
Matt Kuchar 12, 13 Danny Willett 13
Anirban Lahiri 13 Gary Woodland 12, 13
Marc Leishman 13 Tiger Woods 1, 8
Shane Lowry 13 a-Gunn Yang 2

Bold – U.S. Open champion      a-amateur

Key to Player Exemptions

  1. Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last 10 years (2005-14)
  2. Winner and runner-up of the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
  3. Winner of the 2014 British Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
  4. Winner of the 2014 Mark H. McCormack Medal (top-ranked in WAGR & must be an amateur)
  5. Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years (2011-15)
  6. Winners of the British Open Championship the last five years (2010-14)
  7. Winners of The PGA of America Championship the last five years (2010-14)
  8. Winners of The Players Championship the last three years (2013-15)
  9. Winner of the 2015 PGA European Tour BMW PGA Championship
  10. Winner of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship
  11. From the 2014 U.S. Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place
  12. Those players who qualified for the season-ending 2014 Tour Championship
  13. Top 60 point leaders and ties from the World Ranking, as of May 25, 2015
  14. Top 60 point leaders and ties from the World Ranking, as of June 15, 2015
  15. Special exemptions selected by the USGA

Global Golf Calendar: U.S. Open week

This Week In Golf. 

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Bart Potter

June 18-21: Chambers Bay Golf Course, University Place, Wash.
Practice rounds Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; competitive rounds ThursdaySunday.

Out there

The Green Classic
June 22: Eagles Pride Golf Course, Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Champions Tour
June 25-28: U.S. Senior Open, Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, Calif.

Grey Goatee Golf Association (3GA) Tour
July 11: 10th Annual Howl at the Canal, Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Club, Union, Wash.

June 25-28: U.S. Senior Open, Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento.
July 9-12: U.S. Women’s Open, Lancaster Country Club, Lancaster, Pa.

July 9-12: U.S. Women’s Open, Lancaster Country Club, Lancaster, Pa.

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The Open Comes to Grey Goatee Nation

Bart PotterGrey Goatee Global Headquarters, this week, is the media center at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash., which for geographical exactitude is south and west of Tacoma but is better described, this week, as the center of the golf universe.

They’ll play a golf tournament here this week, then they’ll take down the tents (huge), and the media horde (even huger) will go home, and Chambers Bay will go back to being a golf course (huge, and empty and looking much better for it). Other topics will replace it in the golf news of the day — in Grey Goatee Nation and the rest of the world — and this curiosity of a place will be the same vast, tough, insanely pretty golf course it was before the USGA messed with it — and left the U.S. Open stamp on it forever.

It is just a golf course, and the public can play on it, and maybe it’s the kind of course a dumbass hackaround can feel OK about, after this week, when he hits it in Bobby’s Bunker or winds up bad when he hit it pretty good … because, hey, the best players in the world did the same things.

This week, in Grey Goatee Nation, won’t be about golf so much as all the rest of the spectacle — the Lone Fir Tree, the course designer, the way the media cover the tournament and themselves. Is there a blimp? I need to ask that question.

Bart Potter is an independent, and sometimes irreverent, golf enthusiast.  For more of Bart, go to