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USGA receives record number of U.S. Open entries

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A total of 10,127 players will attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 this summer, the most applications the USGA has ever received for the season's second major.

This marks the first time that the USGA has received more than 10,000 U.S. Open applications, and the total breaks the record set last year when 9,860 players attempted to qualify for the tournament at Merion Golf Club.

A total of 580 applications were received on April 23, the final day entries were accepted, and 115 applicants tempted fate by submitting their forms within the final hour. The last entry accepted came from Travis Wells, who turns 15 years old on May 1, who sent in his form just 26 seconds before entries closed.

The record wave of applicants included players from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 75 foreign countries. In order to apply, players were required to either be a professional or carry a handicap index of 1.4 or lower.

Eighteen-hole local qualifying will be held across 111 different sites between May 2-19, while 36-hole sectional qualifying will begin May 26 with qualifiers in Japan and England. A total of 10 sectional qualifiers will be held across the U.S. on Monday, June 2. The U.S. Open will be held June 12-15.

Currently 51 players are already exempt into this year's field at Pinehurst, a list that includes 12 former U.S. Open champions. Notably among that group is world No. 1 Tiger Woods, who has not played since undergoing back surgery earlier this month and whose agent indicated this week that a firm timetable does not yet exist for his return to competition.