US Open receives 8300 entries


The U.S. Golf Association has accepted 8,300 entries for the U.S. Open June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club, including entries from all of the 65 golfers who are fully exempt.

The USGA received entries from golfers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 66 foreign countries, including 752 applicants who listed foreign addresses.

For the first time, only online entries were accepted, and the USGA received 680 entries on the last day applications were accepted, including 135 entries in the final hour. Kevin Hayashi, 49, of Hilo, Hawaii, submitted his entry just 15 seconds before the deadline of 5 p.m. ET. Herbie Aikens, a 30-year-old amateur from Kingston, Mass., was the first entrant on March 2.

Local qualifying, which will be played over 18 holes at 111 sites, will take place between May 6-19. Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, will be at two international sites (May 23 in Japan and May 30 in England) and 11 sites in the United States on June 6.

The top 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking, the top 10 money leaders on the PGA Tour and the top five money leaders on the European PGA Tour, all as of May 23 will be exempt. The winner of The Players Championship (May 12-15) also receives an exemption, as does any multiple winner of PGA Tour events between June 20, 2010, and June 12, 2011. For 2011, the top 50 players from the World Golf Ranking as of June 13, 2011, will also receive exemptions.