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 |
|Retief Goosen |
Davis Love III
|Rocco Mediate |
Jose Maria Olazabal
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