Els Joins US Open Online Entries

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Two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els is among the 8,697 entries that were received prior to the Thursday deadline.
 
Els entry was received online, as was 2,045 (24 percent.) Thirty-one entries were submitted between 4 and 5 p.m., the deadline. The last entry submitted online came just two minutes before the 5 p.m. deadline and belonged to 20-year-old Chris Mulligan of Bradenton, Fl.
 
Another 1,088 entries were received via overnight mail delivery in the last two days before deadline. Eighty-two entries were received too late, and 297 were rejected because the player had played poorly in past qualifying rounds or had a USGA handicap rating greater than 1.4.
 
Fifty-eight players are fully exempt. Local qualifying will begin May 9th and sectional qualifying June 4th.