The U.S. Open - it's anyone's to win

Take a look at the U.S. Open rules for participants. It just underlines what a great event it is.

There are hundreds of local amateur entries, well thousands if you count the sectional qualification rounds – all of whom have some chance of taking the title.  The Gorilla has been looking over the U.S. Open official website and it is full of goodies. For instance, (directly from the U.S. Open website)

“SECTIONAL QUALIFYING
Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, will be held at two international sites on May 24 and 13 sites in the USA on June 7.

CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD The starting field of 156 golfers will be cut after 36 holes to the low 60 scorers (and ties) and any player within 10 strokes of the leader.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY Eighteen holes of stroke play are scheduled each day from June 17 (Thursday) through June 20 (Sunday). In the case of a tie after 72 holes, an 18-hole playoff will be held on June 21 (Monday), beginning at noon (EDT).

But then again there are those guxs who can breather easy – at least until June 17th:

PLAYERS FULLY EXEMPT as of May 10 (a=amateur)

Stephen Ames Trevor Immelman Rory Sabbatini a-Byeong-Hun An Ryo Ishikawa John SendenRicky Barnes Dustin Johnson Michael Sim Matt Bettencourt Zach Johnson Heath Slocum Angel Cabrera Martin Kaymer Henrik StensonMichael Campbell Jerry Kelly Steve StrickerPaul Casey Soren Kjeldsen David TomsStewart Cink Matt Kuchar Scott VerplankTim Clark Marc Leishman Nick WatneyLuke Donald Justin Leonard Tom WatsonJason Dufner Hunter Mahan Mike WeirDavid Duval Steve Marino Lee WestwoodSimon Dyson a-Ben Martin Oliver WilsonErnie Els Ross McGowan Tiger WoodsRoss Fisher Rory McIlroy Y.E. YangFred Funk Phil MickelsonJim Furyk Francesco MolinariSergio Garcia Ryan MooreBrian Gay Kevin NaLucas Glover Geoff OgilvyRetief Goosen Sean O’HairSoren Hansen Kenny PerryPadraig Harrington Ian PoulterYuta Ikeda John Rollins”

But truly there is a chance for anyone:

“Entries are open to professional golfers and amateur golfers with an up-to-date men’s Handicap Index® not exceeding 1.4 under the USGA Handicap System™. A Handicap Index must be issued from a “golf club” (as defined in the “USGA Handicap System” manual) which is licensed to use the USGA Handicap System. A player seeking a golf cart due to disability may only submit an entry by mail and may not file an entry via the Internet (see Transportation). Players requesting permission to use items on the List of Equipment Permitted Conditionally for Medical Reasons or under Exception 1 to Rule 14-3, please refer to www.usga.org/equipment/medical/general_guidelines.html for details. Information regarding USGA anti-doping policy requirements may be found at www.usga.org/championships/antidopingpolicy>

Entries are subject to rejection at any time (including during the Championship) by the USGA. The reason for rejection may include unbecoming conduct.

Automatic exemptions:

Lucas Glover

Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last 10 years (2000-2009)
Winner and runner-up of the 2009 U.S. Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years (2006-2010)
Winners of the British Open Championship the last five years (2005-2009)
Winners of the PGA of America Championship the last five years (2005-2009)
Winners of the 2010 Players Championship the last three years (2008-2010)
Winner of the 2009 U.S. Senior Open Championship
15 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 15th place at the 2009 U.S. Open Championship
Top 30 money leaders from the 2009 final official PGA Tour money list
Those qualifying for the season-ending 2009 Tour Championship
Top 15 money leaders from the 2009 final official PGA European Tour money list
Top 10 money leaders from the 2010 official PGA Tour money list, through May 24 (must have filed an entry by April 28)
Any multiple winner of PGA co-sponsored events whose victories are considered official from June 21, 2009, through June 13, 2010

Top five money leaders from the 2010 official PGA European Tour money list, through May 24
Top two money leaders from the 2009 final official Japan Golf Tour money list, provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the World Ranking at the end of the year
Top two money leaders from the 2009 final official PGA Tour of Australia money list, provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the World Ranking at the end of the year
Top 50 point leaders from the current World Ranking, as of May 24
Any player whom the USGA selects for an exemption on the basis of his playing record (must have filed an entry by April 28)”

And then there are all the local amateurs (many too many to list here – it just shows that anyone has a chance to qualify if they make the cut. Take a look at: http://usga.usopen.com/2010/qualifying/local-results.html?nid=3)

Seems like the whole world could be coming to Pebble Beach this June.

Pebble Beach course in California

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Can Lucas Glover repeat?

Editor:We would like to thank the U.S. Open for having such extensive and exceelent information on their website. Be sure to watch June 17-20.
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