Faldo Offered Special Exemption Into US Open


Far Hills, N.J. - Nick Faldo, who has played in the last 59 consecutive major golf championships, has been offered a special exemption to play in the 2002 U.S. Open Championship. The Championship will be played from June 13-16 at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y.
The winner of six major golf titles, Faldo has played in 15 U.S. Opens with four top-10 finishes, including a runner-up finish after a playoff with Curtis Strange in 1989. Faldo's best recent finish was seventh at the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. He was tied for third at the 1990 Open and tied for fourth at the 1992 Open.
A three-time British Open (1987, 1990, 1992) and three-time Masters champion (1989, 1990, 1996), Faldo is also an 11-time European Ryder Cup team member.
Faldo joins three-time U.S. Open champion Hale Irwin as the second player to receive a special exemption for the 2002 Open. Three active exemption categories closed May 27. Faldo becomes the 75th exempt player in the 156-player field.
Sectional qualifying (36 holes) for the remaining 81 spots, will be conducted at 12 sites on June 3 and 4.
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