Eleven More Players Exempt For US Open


Far Hills, N.J. ' Justin Leonard and Peter Lonard, both winners on the PGA Tour this season, are two of the 11 golfers who earned full exemptions into the U.S. Open with the close of three active categories as of May 30. A total of 72 golfers are fully exempt from qualifying for the upcoming Championship, scheduled from June 16-19 at the Pinehurst Resort (No. 2 Course) in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.
Leonard and Lonard earned their exemptions by easily staying in the top 50 in the World Rankings. The other eight who earned full exemptions by being in the top 50 of the updated World Rankings are Thomas Bjorn and Craig Parry, winners on the 2005 PGA European Tour, along with Fred Couples, Luke Donald, Charles Howell III, Tom Lehman, Paul McGinley, Colin Montgomerie and Rod Pampling.
The 10 leading money leaders on the PGA Tour and the top two money leaders of the PGA European Tour for 2005 were already fully exempt, after considering the world rankings. The remainder of the top 50 ranked players (39) was already fully exempt through other criteria.
Sectional qualifying for the remaining 84 spots will take place at 15 sites on June 6-7.
The first sectional qualifier was held May 30 in Japan.
U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Results
May 30, 2005 - Ono City, Japan

Steven Conran Australia 69-67-136
Yong Eun Yang Korea 68-70-138
Keiichiro Fukabori Japan 71-69-140
S K Ho (a) Korea 68-72-140
Tadahiro Takayama (a) Japan 71-72-143
David Smail (a) New Zealand 72-72-144
Chawalit Plaphol (a) Thailand 69-75-144
Failed To Qualify
Katsumune Imai Japan 73-72-145
Tatsuya Mitsuhashi Japan 72-75-147
Takafumi Kawane Japan 72-75-147
Kiyoshi Miyazato Japan 73-75-148
Hideki Kase Japan 72-79-151
Simon Yates Thailand 76-78-154
Takashi Kamiyama Japan 77-WD
Makoto Inoue Japan 78-WD
Tetsuji Hiratsuka Japan WD
Toru Suzuki Japan NS
A - Alternate
WD - Withdrawal
NS - No scorecard
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