Record entry for US Open
A record 8,726 golfers have entered the U.S. Open, ranging from a 13-year-old Taiwanese amateur to an 81-year-old professional in Milwaukee to former British Open champion David Duval, who has not competed in nearly six months.
The U.S. Open will be held June 17-20 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Jim Furyk, who won last year at Olympia Fields outside Chicago, is uncertain whether he will be able to defend as he recovers from wrist surgery.
The previous record for entries was 8,468, set in 2002 when the U.S. Open was played at Bethpage Black.
Two exempt players did not enter -- Steve Jones, the 1996 U.S. Open champion, because of an injury; and U.S. Senior Open champion Bruce Lietzke.
Sixty-four players are exempt from qualifying, meaning 8,662 players will be competing for 92 spots. Local qualifying at more than 100 sites begins May 12, while sectional qualifying at 13 sites will be June 7-8.
Players must either be a professional or carry a 1.4 handicap to enter the U.S. Open. The youngest entry is Tommy Mou, 13, who now lives in Bradenton, Fla. The oldest is Dick Lynch, 81, of Milwaukee.
Duval has not played since he withdrew from the Dunlop Phoenix in November. He has not said when he will return, but he had to officially enter the U.S. Open to be able to play. He received a five-year exemption to the U.S. Open by winning the British Open in 2001.
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