A total of 2,045 (24 percent) arrived via the USGA Internet site during the first year online Open entries were offered. The entry of two-time champion Ernie Els was one of those received online.
Thirty-one online entries were submitted in the final hour of the Wednesday, April 25 deadline. The last entry submitted online came just two minutes before the 5 p.m. (EDT) deadline, from Chris Mulligan, a 20-year-old amateur from Bradenton, Fla.
Another 1,088 entries were received via overnight mail delivery in the last two days before the deadline, and 82 more entries arrived a day too late.
In all, 8,697 entries were received. However, 297 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 the second most in Open history, just 59 shy of last year's record of 8,457 entries.
Fifty-eight golfers, including nine 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 9th. Sectional qualifying at 13 sites will be held June 4-5.
Past champions who are fully exempt are Ernie Els (1997,1994), Hale Irwin (1990,1979,1974), Lee Janzen (1998,1993), Steve Jones (1996), Tom Kite (1992), Corey Pavin (1995) and Tiger Woods (2000).
An Open champion receives a full exemption into the field for 10 years. The Open is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. Other championships include the U.S. Women's Open, the U.S. Senior Open, and 10 amateur competitions.
A list of the 58 golfers who are fully exempt into the U.S. Open follows.
FIFTY-EIGHT GOLFERS WHO ARE FULLY EXEMPT FOR THE U.S. OPEN (as of April 27, 2001)
Robert Allenby - 9, 12
Stuart Appleby - 9
Paul Azinger - 8, 9
Notah BegayIII - 9, 12
Thomas Bjorn - 10
Mark Brooks- 5
Angel Cabrera - 10
Mark Calcavecchia - 9
Michael Campbell - 8,10
Stewart Cink - 8, 9
Darren Clarke - 10
Jose Coceres- 10
Chris DiMarco- 9
Joe Durant- 12
David Duval- 8, 9
Ernie Els- 1,8, 9,10
Nick Faldo- 8
Brad Faxon- 12
Steve Flesch- 9
Carlos Franco- 9
Pierre Fulke- 10
Jim Furyk- 9
Retief Goosen- 8,10
Padraig Harrington- 8,10
John Huston- 8, 9
Hale Irwin- 7
Lee Janzen- 1
Miguel Angel Jimenez - 8,10
Steve Jones- 1
Shingo Katayama- 15
Tom Kite- 1
Franklin Langham- 9
Paul Lawrie- 4
Tom Lehman- 4, 9
Justin Leonard- 4, 9
Davis Love III- 5, 9
Bob May- 9
Phil Mickelson- 9, 12
Colin Montgomerie- 10
Jose Maria Olazabal- 3, 8,10
Mark O'Meara- 3, 4
Greg Orr- 10
Jesper Parnevik- 9, 12
Corey Pavin- 1
Chris Perry- 9
Nick Price- 9
Phillip Price- 10
Jeff Quinney- 2
Loren Roberts- 8, 9
Vijay Singh- 3, 5, 8, 9
Hal Sutton- 9
Toru Taniguchi- 15
David Toms- 9
Kirk Triplett- 9
Scott Verplank- 9
Mike Weir- 9
Lee Westwood- 8,10
Tiger Woods- 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12
Key to Player Exemptions
1 -Winners of the U.S. Open Championship for the last 10 years.
2 -Winner of the 2000 U.S. Amateur Championship.
3 -Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years.
4 -Winners of the British Open Championship the last five years.
5 -Winners of the PGA of America Championship the last five years.
6 -Winner of the 2001 Players Championship.
7 -Winner of the 2000 U.S. Senior Open Championship.
8 -From the 2000 U.S. Open Championship, the 15 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 15th place.
9 -From the 2000 final official PGA Tour money list, the top 30 money leaders.
10 -From the 2000 final official PGA European Tour, the top 15 money leaders.
11 -From the 2001 official PGA Tour money list, the top 10 money leaders through May 28.
12 -Any multiple winner of PGA Tour co-sponsored events whose victories are considered official from April 26, 2000 through June 3, 2001
13 -Special exemptions selected by the USGA Executive Committee International players not otherwise exempt as selected by the USGA Executive Committee.
14 -From the 2001 PGA European Tour, the top two money leaders through May 28.
15 -From the 2000 final Japan Golf Tour money list, the top two leaders provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the World Rankings at that time.
16 -From the 2000-2001 final official PGA Tour of Australasia money list, the top two leaders provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the World Rankings at that time.
17 -From the final World Rankings list, the top 50 point leaders as of May 28.
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