US Open attracts huge number of entries

The United States Golf Association (USGA) has accepted a total of 9,882 entries for the 2015 US Open Championship to be played at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington from June 18-21.

The number of entries is second only to the 10,127 accepted for last year’s US Open at Pinehurst No. 2. Among this year’s total are 49 players, including 11 past champions, who are currently fully exempt into the field.

Chambers Bay Chambers Bay will be the site of the 2015 US Open (Credit: USGA)

The number of fully exempt players will increase with the inclusion of the top 60 and ties from the Official World Golf Ranking as of May 25 and June 15. The winners of The Players Championship and European Tour BMW PGA Championship will also earn exemptions.

Local and sectional qualifying rounds will also occur across the US and at two international sites in England and Japan on June 8 to complete the final entry pathway to the Open.

“We are thrilled with the interest demonstrated by the 9,882 entries, the most we have ever accepted for a US Open held on the West Coast,” said Diana Murphy, USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee.

“That Chambers Bay, a public course which has never held an Open, could have this kind of impact proves that our national championship knows no state, regional or national bounds.“

Defending champion Martin Kaymer and 10 other champions are fully exempt from having to qualify for the championship.

They are Angel Cabrera (2007), Ernie Els (1994, 1997), Jim Furyk (2003), Lucas Glover (2009), Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011), Geoff Ogilvy (2006), Justin Rose (2013), Webb Simpson (2012) and Tiger Woods (2000, 2002, 2008).

Jason Day, Adam Scott and John Senden join Ogilvy in the 49 players already guaranteed their place at Chambers Bay.