Despite Levin's Memphis MC, gets into U.S. Open


A week after narrowly missing out on a chance to clinch a berth in the U.S. Open, Spencer Levin will be in the field at The Olympic Club after all.

Levin finished at No. 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking released Sunday night. The top 60 in the latest ranking are exempt into the U.S. Open at Olympic.

Despite missing the cut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, Levin still moved up one spot in the ranking. Any of up to nine players in the Memphis field could have ousted Levin from 60th with their finish at TPC Southwind, but none did. 

A week ago, Levin finished T-4 at the Memorial Tournament. If he finished solo third or better, he would have already cracked the top 60.

South African Branden Grace also earned an exemption into the U.S. Open based upon his world ranking. At No. 54 this week, Grace crossed the top 60 after a fifth-place finish at the BMW PGA Championship. He has won three times on the European Tour this season.

Grace will make his first U.S. Open appearance; Levin will make his third.

The U.S. Golf Association held five spots in the field for this particular exemption. With only two players earning berths by landing in the top 60, three alternates out of sectional qualifying were given spots in the field.

Justin Hicks and Colt Knost, the first two alternates from the Columbus sectional, have been added to the field. Kyle Thompson, who lost in a three-for-one playoff in the Memphis sectional, was also added.