USGA Receives Record Number of US Open Entries

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Far Hills, N.J. - The United States Golf Association has accepted a record 8,468 entries for the 2002 U.S. Open to be played June 13-16 at Bethpage State Park (Black Course) in Farmingdale, N.Y.
 
A total of 3,541 (41.8 percent) arrived via the USGA Internet site during the second year online Open entries were offered, an increase from 24 percent from 2001. The entry of two-time champion Lee Janzen was one of those received online.
 
In the last three days before the deadline of April 24, a total of 1,288 electronic entries were received and 75 of those entries were submitted in the final hour before the deadline. The last entry to arrive was from Brigham Gibbs, a professional from Laguna Niguel, Calif., who submitted his electronic entry at 4:58 p.m. (EDT), two minutes before the deadline.
 
Another 209 entries were received via overnight mail delivery in the last two days before the deadline.
 
In all, 8,839 entries were received. However, 371 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 13 more than the previous record of 8,455 entries accepted in 2000.
 
The youngest golfer to enter is 13-year-old Min So of Wichita, Kan. The oldest is 70-year-old Joe Moresco of Woodmere, N.Y.
 
Sixty-two golfers, including eight 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 6. Sectional qualifying at 12 sites will be held June 3-4.
 
Past champions who are fully exempt are Ernie Els (1997,1994); Retief Goosen (2001); Hale Irwin (1990,1979,1974); Lee Janzen (1998,1993); Steve Jones (1996); Tom Kite (1992); Corey Pavin (1995); and Tiger Woods (2000).
 
A U.S. Open champion receives a full exemption into the field for 10 years.
Players Who Are Fully Exempt For The 2002 U.S. Open:

Michael Allen    
 
Robert Allenby    
 
Paul Azinger    
 
Thomas Bjorn    
 
Mark Brooks    
 
Angel Cabrera    
 
Stewart Cink
 
Darren Clarke    
 
Chris DiMarco
 
Mark Calcavecchia    
 
Michael Campbell    
 
Joe Durant    
 
David Duval    
 
Ernie Els    
 
Bob Estes    
 
Niclas Fasth
 
Brad Faxon    
 
Bruce Fleisher    
 
Jim Furyk    
 
Sergio Garcia    
 
Matt Gogel    
Retief Goosen    
 
Padraig Harrington    
 
Scott Hoch    
 
David Howell    
 
Toshi Izawa    
 
Hale Irwin    
 
Lee Janzen    
 
Steve Jones    
 
Robert Karlsson    
 
Shingo Katayama    
 
Tom Kite    
 
Bernhard Langer    
 
Paul Lawrie    
 
Tom Lehman    
 
Justin Leonard    
 
Frank Lickliter    
 
Davis Love III    
 
Steve Lowery    
 
Scott McCarron    
 
Paul McGinley    
 
Billy Mayfair    
Rocco Mediate    
 
Phil Mickelson
 
Colin Montgomerie    
 
Jose Maria Olazabal    
 
Peter O'Malley    
 
Mark O'Meara    
 
Craig Parry    
 
Corey Pavin    
 
Craig Perks    
 
Kenny Perry    
 
Adam Scott    
 
Vijay Singh
 
Jeff Sluman    
 
Steve Stricker    
 
Hal Sutton    
 
David Toms    
 
Kirk Triplett    
 
Scott Verplank    
 
Mike Weir    
 
Tiger Woods
 

 
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