USGA Announces One Additional Exemption And Sets Full Field For 116th U.S. Open Championship At Oakmont Country Club

OAKMONT, Pa. (June 13, 2016) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced that one additional player has earned a full exemption into the 116th U.S. Open Championship, to be contested June 16-19 at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club, bringing the number of fully exempt players to 76. Additionally, five alternates from sectional qualifying were added to complete the 156-player field.

William McGirt earned an exemption based on the current Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). McGirt, who is No. 45 in the OWGR, is playing in his first U.S. Open. The 36-year-old from Boiling Springs, S.C., won the Memorial Tournament on June 5 when he defeated Jon Curran on the second playoff hole. McGirt, who has three other top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season, advanced to match play at the 2003 U.S. Amateur, held at Oakmont Country Club.

The USGA held six spots in the field for those players who could potentially qualify by moving into the top 60 of the OWGR, as of June 13. Since McGirt was the only player to earn an exemption, five alternates from sectional qualifying were added to the field. They are Zach Edmondson, Tony Finau, Kevin Foley, Daniel Summerhays and Mike Van Sickle.

Edmondson, 25, of Cary, N.C., was the first alternate from the Jacksonville, Fla., sectional. He will play in his first U.S. Open. Edmondson played as a collegian at East Carolina University and competes on PGA Tour Canada’s Mackenzie Tour.

Finau, 26, of Lehi, Utah, was the first alternate from the Springfield, Ohio, sectional. He is competing in his second U.S. Open after tying for 14th with a 72-hole score 1-over-par 282 at Chambers Bay last year. Finau won the 2016 Puerto Rico Open, his first PGA Tour victory, by defeating Steve Marino with a birdie on the third playoff hole.

Foley, 29, of Somerville, N.J., is competing in his first U.S. Open. He was the first alternate from the Summit, N.J., sectional. Foley, who is one of 27 players who advanced to this year’s U.S. Open through both local and sectional qualifying, won the 2013 Panama Claro Championship on the Tour. He played at Penn State University and won the 2009 Sunnehanna Amateur.

Summerhays is playing in his third U.S. Open, with his best finish a tie for 27th last year at Chambers Bay. He was the first alternate from the Powell, Ohio, sectional qualifier. The 32-year-old from Fruit Heights, Utah, has played in 18 PGA Tour events and recorded seven top-25 finishes this season. Summerhays played Tony Finau in the final of the 2006 Utah Amateur, falling to Finau by a 3-and-2 margin.

Van Sickle, 29, of Pittsburgh, Pa., was the first alternate from the Rockville, Md., sectional qualifier. He is playing in his first U.S. Open. Van Sickle, a three-time All-America selection at Marquette University, won the 2007 Pennsylvania State Amateur and Pennsylvania State Open in 2007 and 2008.

There were 111 U.S. Open local qualifying sites that led to 12 sectional qualifiers, including international sites in Japan and England. Sectional qualifying in the United States took place at 10 sites on June 6. The USGA accepted 9,877 entries by the deadline of April 27, the third-highest total ever in championship history

A list of the 76 golfers fully exempt into the 2016 U.S. Open is below.

2016 U.S. Open Exemption List (as of June 13):


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                    

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        

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

William McGirt                           14

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

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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