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Tiger Woods heads list of US Open exemptions

Defending champion Tiger Woods heads a list of 58 golfers who are currently fully exempt from having to qualify for the upcoming U.S. Open, set from June 14-17 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. But several players may still earn a full exemption as of May 28 through three active categories.

Golfers will be fully exempt if they are among the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking or they are among the top 10 on the 2001 PGA Tour money list as of May 28. The United States Golf Association will also fully exempt the top two money-winners from the 2001 European PGA Tour as of May 28.

Golfers earn full exemption through any of 17 categories.

The deadline for entry applications for the U.S. Open is Wednesday, April 25. A amateur golfer must have a Handicap Index of not higher than 1.4 to be eligible to enter.

Here is a list of the fifty-eight golfers who are fully exempt (number in parentheses indicates criteria player is exempt under; key appears at bottom):

Robert Allenby (9, 12)
Stuart Appleby (9)
Paul Azinger (8, 9)
Notah BegayIII (9, 12)
Thomas Bjorn (10)
Mark Brooks (5)
Angel Cabrera (10)
Mark Calcavecchia (9)
Michael Campbell (8,10)
Stewart Cink (8, 9)
Darren Clarke (10)
Jose Coceres (10)
Chris DiMarco (9)
Joe Durant (12)
David Duval (8, 9)
Ernie Els (1,8, 9,10)
Nick Faldo (8)
Brad Faxon (12)
Steve Flesch (9)
Carlos Franco (9)
Pierre Fulke (10)
Jim Furyk (9)
Retief Goosen (8,10)
Padraig Harrington (8,10)
John Huston (8, 9)
Hale Irwin (7)
Lee Janzen (1)
Miguel Angel Jimenez (8,10)
Steve Jones (1)
Shingo Katayama (15)
Tom Kite (1)
Franklin Langham (9)
Paul Lawrie (4)
Tom Lehman (4, 9)
Justin Leonard (4, 9)
Davis Love III (5, 9)
Bob May (9)
Phil Mickelson (9, 12)
Colin Montgomerie (10)
Jose Maria Olazabal (3, 8,10)
Mark O'Meara (3, 4)
Greg Orr (10)
Jesper Parnevik (9, 12)
Corey Pavin (1)
Chris Perry (9)
Nick Price (9)
Phillip Price (10)
Jeff Quinney (2)
Loren Roberts (8, 9)
Vijay Singh (3, 5, 8, 9)
Hal Sutton (9)
Toru Taniguchi (15)
David Toms (9)
Kirk Triplett (9)
Scott Verplank (9)
Mike Weir (9)
Lee Westwood (8,10)
Tiger Woods (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12)
Key to Player Exemptions:

1) Winners of the U.S. Open Championship for the last 10 years.

2) Winner of the 2000 U.S. Amateur Championship.

3) Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years.

4) Winners of the British Open Championship the last five years.

5) Winners of the PGA of America Championship the last five years.

6) Winner of the 2001 Players Championship.

7) Winner of the 2000 U.S. Senior Open Championship.

8) From the 2000 U.S. Open Championship, the 15 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 15th place.

9) From the final 2000 PGA Tour money list, the top 30 money leaders.

10) From the final 2000 PGA European Tour, the top 15 money leaders.

11) From the 2001 PGA Tour money list, the top 10 money leaders through May 28.

12) Any multiple winner of PGA Tour co-sponsored events whose victories are considered official from April 26, 2000 through June 3, 2001.

13) Special exemptions selected by the USGA Executive Committee International players not otherwise exempt as selected by the USGA Executive Committee.

14) From the 2001 PGA European Tour, the top two money leaders through May 28.

15) From the 2000 final Japan Golf Tour money list, the top two leaders provided they are within the top 75 in the Official World Golf Ranking at that time.

16) From the 2000-2001 final PGA Tour of Australasia money list, the top two leaders provided they are within the top 75 in the Official World Golf Ranking at that time.

17) From the Official World Golf Ranking , the top 50 players as of May 28.


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