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Twelve gain exemptions to the US Open

Spaniards Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez are among 12 players who have earned full exemption for this month's U.S. Open, following the close of three categories on May 31, organisers announced on Tuesday.

Garcia, winner of the PGA Tour's Byron Nelson Championship last month, and Jimenez, a three-times champion on this year's European Tour, automatically qualify by staying in the world's top 50, the United States Golf Association said in a statement.

The other 10 are Canada's Stephen Ames, Argentine Angel Cabrera, Americans Stewart Cink, Fred Couples, Todd Hamilton, Scott Hoch and Zach Johnson, Swede Joakim Haeggman, Japan's Shigeki Maruyama and Craig Parry of Australia.

Cink also earned his exemption after climbing into the top 10 in the PGA Tour money list on Monday. He lies 10th with earnings of $1,788,574.

Seventy-six golfers are fully exempt from qualifying for the second of the year's four majors, to be played from June 17-20 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York.

Sectional qualifying for the remaining 80 spots at the U.S. Open will take place at 13 venues on June 7 and 8.

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