Oakmont's 18th hole

USGA accepts 9,877 entries for 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont

Anthony Monica, a 33-year-old amateur from Panama City, Fla., was the first entrant accepted for the 2016 U.S. Open. Monica applied when entries opened on March 9.

Gordon Vietmeier, a 48-year-old pro from Pittsburgh, Pa., was the last entrant, submitting his entry just 37 seconds before the deadline of 5 p.m. Eastern on April 27.

They were two of 9,877 entries that were accepted for the 2016 national championship at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. The number ranks third highest, behind the record 10,127 accepted for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 and 9,882 for last year’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay.

For the sixth straight year, only online entries were accepted. The USGA received 620 entries on the last-day applications. This year marks the eighth time – and the fifth in a row – that the USGA has accepted more than 9,000 entries for the U.S. Open.

This year’s total includes 50 players who are fully exempt into the field, including Tiger Woods and last year’s U.S. Open winner, Jordan Spieth.

To be eligible, a player must have a handicap index not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional. Local qualifying will take place May 2-19 at 111 sites across the country. Sectional qualifying is scheduled for May 23 in Japan, May 30 in England and June 6 at 10 sites in the U.S.

– Brentley Romine