10 more players now exempt for 2003 US Open
BY iseekgolf.com | US PGA Tour | 2003 US Open | General | 28 May 2003
Fred Couples, winner of the Shell Houston Open in April, is one of the 10 golfers who earned full exemptions into the US Open with the close of three active categories as of May 26. A total of 73 golfers are fully exempt from qualifying for the upcoming Championship, scheduled from June 12-15 at the Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill.
Couples, who will be playing in his 20th Open, earned his exemption by jumping into the top 50 in the World Rankings. The other nine who earned full exemptions by being in the top 50 of the updated World Rankings are Stuart Appleby, Paul Casey, Darren Clarke, Niclas Fasth, Brad Faxon, Steve Flesch, Bernhard Langer, Kirk Triplett and Scott Verplank.
No golfer earned a full exemption through the updated list for the top 10 money leaders on the PGA Tour. All of the top 10 money leaders and the remainder of the top 50 ranked players were already fully exempt through other criteria.
The other active exemption category through the end of May was for the top two money-winners from the 2003 European PGA Tour. Those two money leaders, Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington, also were already fully exempt through other categories. Sectional qualifying for the remaining 83 spots will take place at 13 sites on June 2-3.
Here is the list of the 73 golfers who are fully exempt:
Adam Scott (10,16)
Angel Cabrera (10,16)
Bernhard Langer (16)
Billy Mayfair (8)
Bob Estes (9,16)
Brad Faxon (16)
Charles Howell (9,16)
Chris DiMarco (9,16)
Chris Riley (9,16)
Colin Montgomerie (10,16)
Corey Pavin (1) Craig Parry (15,16)
Darren Clarke (16)
David Duval (4)
David Toms (5,9,11,16)
Davis Love III (6,9,11,12,16)
Don Pooley (7)
Dudley Hart (8)
Eduardo Romero (10,16)
Ernie Els (1,4,9,10,11,12,13,16)
Fred Couples (16)
Fred Funk (9,16)
Hale Irwin (17)
Hunter Mahan (2)
Jay Haas (8,11,16)
Jeff Maggert (8)
Jeff Sluman (9,16)
Jerry Kelly (9,16)
Jim Furyk (9,11,16)
John Rollins (9)
Jose Maria Olazabal (3,9,10)
Justin Leonard (8,9,11,16)
Justin Rose (10,16)
K.J. Choi (9,16)
Kenny Perry (9,11,16)
Kirk Triplett (16)
Lee Janzen (1)
Len Mattiace (9,16)
Loren Roberts (9)
Mark O’Meara (4)
Michael Campbell (10,16)
Mike Weir (3,11,12,16)
Nick Faldo (8)
Nick Price (8,9,16)
Niclas Fasth (16)
Padraig Harrington (8,10,13,16)
Paul Casey (16)
Paul Lawrie (4,10,16) Peter Lonard (8,15,16)
Phil Mickelson (8,9,16)
Retief Goosen (1,9,10,16)
Rich Beem (5,9,12,16)
Ricky Barnes (2) Robert Allenby (8,9,16)
Rocco Mediate (9,16)
Scott Hoch (8,16)
Scott McCarron (9)
Scott Verplank (16)
Sergio Garcia (8,9,10,16)
Shigeki Maruyama (9,16) Stephen Leaney (10)
Steve Flesch (16)
Steve Jones (1)
Steve Lowery (9) Stuart Appleby (16)
Thomas Bjorn (10,16)
Tiger Woods (1,3,4,5,8,9,11,12,16)
Tom Byrum (8)
Tom Kite (17)
Tom Watson (17)
Toru Taniguchi (14)
Trevor Immelman (10,16)
Vijay Singh (3,5,9,11,12,16)
Key to Player Exemptions
1 – Winners of the US Open Championship for the last 10 years.
2 – Winner and runner-up of the 2002 US Amateur Championship.
3 – Winners of the Masters Tournament the last five years.
4 – Winners of the British Open Championship the last five years.
5 – Winners of the PGA of America Championship the last five years.
6 – Winner of the 2003 Players Championship.
7 – Winner of the 2002 US Senior Open Championship.
8 – From the 2002 US Open Championship, the 15 lowest scorers and anyone tying for 15th place.
9 – From the 2002 final official PGA Tour money list, the top 30 money leaders.
10 – From the 2002 final official PGA European Tour, the top 15 money leaders.
11 – From the 2003 official PGA Tour money list, the top 10 money leaders through May 25.
12 – Any multiple winner of PGA Tour co-sponsored events whose victories are considered official from April 24, 2002 through June 1, 2003
13 – From the 2003 PGA European Tour, the top two money leaders through May 26.
14 – From the 2002 final Japan Golf Tour money list, the top two leaders provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the World Rankings at that time.
15 – From the 2002-2003 official PGA Tour of Australasia money list as of March 17, the top two leaders provided they are within the top 75 point leaders of the World Rankings at that time.
16 – From the World Rankings list, the top 50 point leaders as of May 26.
17 – Special exemptions selected by the USGA Executive Committee International players not otherwise exempt as selected by the USGA Executive Committee.
Source – USGA