All Entries In For 2001 US Open

By Sports NetworkApril 27, 2001, 4:00 pm
The United States Golf Association has accepted 8,398 entries for the 2001 U.S. Open to be played June 14-17 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.
 
A total of 2,045 (24 percent) arrived via the USGA Internet site during the first year online Open entries were offered. The entry of two-time champion Ernie Els was one of those received online.
 
Thirty-one online entries were submitted in the final hour of the Wednesday, April 25 deadline. The last entry submitted online came just two minutes before the 5 p.m. (EDT) deadline, from Chris Mulligan, a 20-year-old amateur from Bradenton, Fla.
 
Another 1,088 entries were received via overnight mail delivery in the last two days before the deadline, and 82 more entries arrived a day too late.
 
In all, 8,697 entries were received. However, 297 were rejected because the entrant had played poorly in past qualifying rounds or had a USGA Handicap Index higher than 1.4.
 
The number of entries is the second most in Open history, just 59 shy of last year's record of 8,457 entries.
 
Fifty-eight golfers, including nine past champions, are currently fully exempt from having to qualify for the upcoming Championship.
 
The number of fully exempt golfers will increase with the inclusion of the top 50 players from the World Rankings, the top 10 money leaders on the PGA Tour and the top two money leaders on the European PGA Tour at the end of May.
 
Local qualifying at more than 100 sites will begin May 9th. Sectional qualifying at 13 sites will be held June 4-5.
 
Past champions who are fully exempt are Ernie Els (1997,1994), Hale Irwin (1990,1979,1974), Lee Janzen (1998,1993), Steve Jones (1996), Tom Kite (1992), Corey Pavin (1995) and Tiger Woods (2000).
 
An Open champion receives a full exemption into the field for 10 years. The Open is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. Other championships include the U.S. Women's Open, the U.S. Senior Open, and 10 amateur competitions.
 
A list of the 58 golfers who are fully exempt into the U.S. Open follows.
 
FIFTY-EIGHT GOLFERS WHO ARE FULLY EXEMPT FOR THE U.S. OPEN (as of April 27, 2001)
 
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 2000 final official PGA Tour money list, the top 30 money leaders.
10 -From the 2000 final official PGA European Tour, the top 15 money leaders.
11 -From the 2001 official 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 point leaders of the World Rankings at that time.
16 -From the 2000-2001 final official PGA Tour of Australasia money list, the top two leaders provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the World Rankings at that time.
17 -From the final World Rankings list, the top 50 point leaders as of May 28.
 
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Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x