U.S. Open sees record 9,860 entrants

Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., is the site of the 2013 U.S. Open.

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Setting a record by more than 750, the U.S. Open will feature 9,860 entrants trying to qualify for the 2013 championship at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., the USGA said Thursday in a news release.

Local qualifiers are set for 111 sites May 3-16. Sectional qualifiers are set for 13 sites May 27 and June 3. Registration closed April 24, when 643 registrations were accepted – including the final one from Joseph Bush, 45, a professional from Scotch Plains, N.J., just eight seconds before the 5 p.m. EDT deadline, the USGA said.

“The fact that we have a record number of entries, from across the world, is a testament to both the great appeal of the U.S. Open and the historic nature and grandeur of Merion Golf Club,” USGA Executive Director Mike Davis said.

Other years in which the U.S. Open attracted more than 9,000 entrants: 2012 (Olympic), 2010 (Pebble Beach), 2009 (Bethpage; previous record, 9,086) and 2005 (Pinehurst).

Fifty-two players among the entrants are exempt. That number will grow to include the winners of two May tournaments, the PGA Tour's Players Championship and the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship – as well as the top 60 and ties in the Official World Golf Ranking as of May 27 and June 10.

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The 52 golfers who are fully exempt into the 2013 U.S. Open (c-champion, a-amateur):

Keegan Bradley

Angel Cabrera – c

Michael Campbell – c

Roger Chapman

Kevin Chappell

K.J. Choi

Stewart Cink

Darren Clarke

Luke Donald

Jason Dufner

Ernie Els – c

Rickie Fowler

Steven Fox – a

Jim Furyk – c

Sergio Garcia

Robert Garrigus

Lucas Glover – c

Retief Goosen – c

Padraig Harrington

John Huh

Dustin Johnson

Zach Johnson

Martin Kaymer

Matt Kuchar

Hunter Mahan

Graeme McDowell – c

Rory McIlroy – c

Phil Mickelson

Ryan Moore

Geoff Ogilvy – c

Louis Oosthuizen

John Peterson

Carl Pettersson

Scott Piercy

Justin Rose

Charl Schwartzel

Adam Scott

John Senden

Webb Simpson – c

Brandt Snedeker

Steve Stricker

Michael Thompson

David Toms

Bo Van Pelt

Nick Watney

Bubba Watson

Michael Weaver – a

Lee Westwood

Chris Williams – a

Casey Wittenberg

Tiger Woods – c

Y.E. Yang

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