USGA Announces 27 Additional Players Exempt For 2016 U.S. Open
U.S. Amateur Champions Ryan Moore, Byeong Hun An and Matthew Fitzpatrick Among Group

FAR HILLS, N.J. (May 24, 2016) – The United States Golf Association today announced that 27 additional golfers, including U.S. Amateur champions Ryan Moore, Byeong Hun An and Matthew Fitzpatrick, have earned full exemptions into the 2016 U.S. Open Championship, to be played June 16-19 at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club. These exemptions bring the number of fully exempt players to 78.

All 27 exemptions were awarded to players who earned a place in the top 60 of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) as of May 23. Byeong Hun An, who won the 2009 U.S. Amateur, is ranked No. 26. He has played in two U.S. Opens. Fitzpatrick, who won the 2013 U.S. Amateur, is ranked No. 44. He tied for 48th and was the low amateur in the 2014 U.S. Open, his lone appearance. Moore, who claimed the 2004 U.S. Amateur Championship and the 2002 and 2004 U.S. Amateur Public Links titles and has four PGA Tour victories, is ranked No. 49. Moore has competed in nine previous U.S. Opens. His best finish was a tie for 10th in 2009 at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course.

The other players who earned full exemptions through the current Official World Golf Ranking are: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Rafael Cabrera Bello, Kevin Chappell, Jamie Donaldson, Sergio Garcia, Emiliano Grillo, James Hahn, Billy Horschel, Thongchai Jaidee, Smylie Kaufman, K.T. Kim, Chris Kirk, Patton Kizzire, Soren Kjeldsen, Russell Knox, Anirban Lahiri, Marc Leishman, David Lingmerth, Andy Sullivan, Justin Thomas, Jaco Van Zyl, Lee Westwood, Bernd Wiesberger and Chris Wood.

Garcia, who recorded his ninth PGA Tour victory by winning the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship on May 22, moved to No. 12 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He is the highest-ranked player in the current OWGR that was not previously exempt into the U.S. Open. Garcia, who has also posted 11 PGA European Tour wins, has competed in 16 U.S. Opens and registered four top-10 finishes. He tied for third in 2005 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, in the Village of Pinehurst, N.C.

The winner of the European Tour BMW PGA Championship (May 26-29) will also earn an exemption. The number of fully exempt golfers may increase with the inclusion of the top 60 players from the OWGR as of Monday, June 13.

The first of two international sectional qualifiers for the 2016 U.S. Open was held May 23, in Japan, where four spots in the 156-player field were determined. England will host qualifying for the 12th consecutive year on May 30. Those players who qualify are in addition to the 78 fully exempt players listed below.

Sectional qualifying in the United States, at 36 holes, will take place at 10 sites on Monday, June 6. The sites are: Lake Merced Golf Club & The Olympic Club (Ocean Course), San Francisco, Calif.; Timuquana Country Club, Jacksonville, Fla.; Ansley Golf Club (Settindown Creek Course), Roswell, Ga.; Woodmont Country Club (North Course), Rockville, Md.; Canoe Brook Country Club (North and South Courses), Summit, N.J.; Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club & Wedgewood Golf and Country Club, Columbus, Ohio; Springfield Country Club, Springfield, Ohio; Germantown Country Club & Ridgeway Country Club, Memphis, Tenn.; Lakeside Country Club, Houston, Texas; and Royal Oaks Country Club, Vancouver, Wash.

The U.S. Open will be contested for a record ninth time at Oakmont Country Club. Previous U.S. champions at Oakmont are: Tommy Armour (1927), Sam Parks Jr. (1935), Ben Hogan (1953), Jack Nicklaus (1962), Johnny Miller (1973), Larry Nelson (1983), Ernie Els (1994) and Angel Cabrera (2007).

A list of the 78 golfers fully exempt into the 2016 U.S. Open as of May 23 (not including the four international sectional qualifiers from Japan) is below. It can also be found at this link:

2016 U.S. Open Exemption List (as of May 23):


Byeong Hun An                         13

Kiradech Aphibarnrat                 13

a-Derek Bard                             2

Daniel Berger                            12, 13

Steven Bowditch                       12

Keegan Bradley                         7

Angel Cabrera                          1

Rafael Cabrera Bello                  13

Paul Casey                               12, 13

Kevin Chappell                          13

Darren Clarke                            6                     

Jason Day                                7, 8, 11, 12, 13

Jamie Donaldson                      13

Jason Dufner                            7

Ernie Els                                  6

Harris English                            12

Matthew Fitzpatrick                    13

Rickie Fowler                            8, 12, 13

Jim Furyk                                 12, 13

Sergio Garcia                            13        

Lucas Glover                            1

Branden Grace                          11, 13

Emiliano Grillo                           13

Retief Goosen                          15

Bill Haas                                   12, 13  

James Hahn                              13        

Charley Hoffman                       12, 13

J.B. Holmes                              12, 13  

Billy Horschel                            13

Thongchai Jaidee                      13        

Dustin Johnson                         11, 12, 13

Zach Johnson                           6, 12, 13

Smylie Kaufman                        13        

Martin Kaymer                          1, 8, 13

K.T. Kim                                   13

Chris Kirk                                  13

Kevin Kisner                              12, 13

Patton Kizzire                            13

Soren Kjeldsen                          13

Russell Knox                             13                    

Brooks Koepka                         12, 13

Matt Kuchar                              12, 13

Anirban Lahiri                            13

Danny Lee                                12, 13

Marc Leishman                          13

David Lingmerth                        13

Shane Lowry                             11, 13

Jeff Maggert                             10                    

Hideki Matsuyama                     12, 13

Graeme McDowell                    1

Rory McIlroy                          1, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13

Phil Mickelson                           6, 13

Ryan Moore                              13

Kevin Na                                   12, 13

Geoff Ogilvy                             1                     

Louis Oosthuizen                       11, 12, 13

Scott Piercy                              12, 13              

a-Jon Rahm                              4

Patrick Reed                             12, 13              

Justin Rose                              1, 12, 13

Charl Schwartzel                        11, 13

Adam Scott                              5, 11, 13          

Webb Simpson             1

Cameron Smith                         11

Brandt Snedeker                       11, 12, 13

Jordan Spieth                          1, 5, 11, 12, 13

Henrik Stenson                          12, 13

Robert Streb                             12

Andy Sullivan                            13

Justin Thomas                           13

Jaco Van Zyl                             13                    

Jimmy Walker                           12, 13              

Bubba Watson                          5, 12, 13

Lee Westwood                          13

Bernd Wiesberger                      13

Danny Willett                             5, 13

Chris Wood                               13                    

Tiger Woods                            1

Bold – U.S. Open champion      a-amateur

Key to Player Exemptions:

  1. Winners of the U.S. Open Championship the last 10 years (2006-15)
  2. Winner and runner-up of the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship (must be an amateur)
  3. Winner of the 2015 Amateur Championship, conducted by The R&A (must be an amateur)
  4. Winner of the 2015 Mark H. McCormack Medal (top-ranked in WAGR & must be an amateur)
  5. Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years (2012-16)
  6. Winners of The Open Championship, conducted by the R&A, the last five years (2011-15)
  7. Winners of The PGA of America Championship the last five years (2011-15)
  8. Winners of The Players Championship the last three years (2014-16)
  9. Winner of the 2016 European Tour BMW PGA Championship
  10. Winner of the 2015 U.S. Senior Open Championship
  11. From the 2015 U.S. Open Championship, the 10 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 10th place
  12. Those players who qualified for the season-ending 2015 Tour Championship
  13. Top 60 point leaders and ties from the current World Ranking as of May 23, 2016
  14. Top 60 point leaders and ties from the current World Ranking as of June 13, 2016
  15. Special exemptions selected by the USGA

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