The number of exempt players for the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club has jumped to 95 with the release of Monday’s latest Official World Golf Rankings and the advancement of players through sectional qualifying in England and Japan.
Twenty-five players were added via the world rankings, which provide a full exemption for anyone ranked in the top 60 as of May 27. Another, Matteo Manassero, received an invitation based on his win Sunday in the BMW PGA Championship in England.
In addition, 12 players, led by Simon Kahn, who lost in a playoff to Manassero at the BMW PGA, advanced Monday in a 36-hole qualifier in Walton Heath, England, and five more moved into the Open in a qualifier at Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan.
Sectional qualifying will be conducted Monday over 36 holes at 11 U.S. sites to round out the field for the Open. In addition, any player who rises into the Top 60 on the Monday of U.S. Open week also will be eligible to compete.