Record number of entries for 2004 US Open

BY | US PGA Tour | 2004 US Open | General | 04 May 2004
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The United States Golf Association has accepted a record 8,726 entries for the 2004 US Open to be played June 17-20 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. The number is 258 entries higher than the previous record count accepted for the 2002 Open at Bethpage (N.Y.) State Park (Black Course).

A total of 6,342 (72.6 percent) arrived via the USGA Internet site during the fourth year online Open entries were offered, an increase of 12 percent from 2003 and 58 percent from 2001. Former champions Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Corey Pavin were among those who submitted online entries.

A total of 1,121 electronic entries were received on the last two days before the deadline of Thursday afternoon (April 29), and 140 of those entries were submitted in the final hour. The last entry to arrive was from Eric Rustand, 35, a reinstated amateur from Tuscan, Ariz., who submitted his electronic entry at 4:58:22 p.m. (EDT), 98 seconds before the deadline. In contrast, 27-year-old professional Kevin Simcox submitted the first entry just 12 minutes after online entries were launched on March 3.

The youngest golfer to enter is 13-year-old Tommy Mou of Taiwan, who is now living in Bradenton, Fla. The oldest is 81-year-old Dick Lynch, a professional from Milwaukee, Wis. Overall, the USGA received entries from golfers in all 50 states and 58 foreign countries. To be eligible, the player must have at least a 1.4 Handicap Index, or be a professional.

Sixty-four golfers, including six past champions, are currently fully exempt from having to qualify for the upcoming Championship. Two who were fully exempt did not enter: Steve Jones, due to injury, and Bruce Lietzke, the reigning US Senior Open champion.

The number of fully exempt golfers will increase with the inclusion of the top 50 players from the World Rankings, the top 10 money leaders on the PGA Tour and the top two money leaders on the European PGA Tour at the end of May.

Local qualifying at more than 100 sites will begin May 12. Sectional qualifying at 13 sites will be held June 7-8.

Past champions who are fully exempt are Ernie Els (1994,1997); Jim Furyk (2003); Retief Goosen (2001); Lee Janzen (1993,1998); Corey Pavin (1995); and Tiger Woods (2000,2002).

An Open champion receives a full exemption into the field for the next 10 years.

The Open is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. Other championships include the US Women’s Open, the US Senior Open, and 10 amateur competitions.

Fully Exempt as of May 3rd 2004

Adam Scott

Ben Curtis
Billy Mayfair
Bob Tway
Brad Faxon
Brian Davis
Briny Baird

Casey Wittenberg
Chad Campbell
Charles Howell
Chris DiMarco
Chris Riley
Cliff Kresge
Corey Pavin

Darren Clarke
David Duval
David Toms
Davis Love

Eduardo Romero
Ernie Els

Fred Funk
Fredrick Jacobson

Hidemichi Tanaka

Ian Poulter

J.L. Lewis
Jay Haas
Jerry Kelly
Jim Furyk
Jonathan Byrd
Jonathan Kaye
Justin Leonard
Justin Rose

K.J. Choi
Kenny Perry
Kirk Triplett

Lee Janzen
Lee Westwood

Michael Campbell
Mike Weir

Nick Flanagan
Nick Price

Padraig Harrington
Paul Casey
Paul Lawrie Peter Lonard
Phil Mickelson
Phillip Price

Raymond Floyd
Retief Goosen
Rich Beem Robert Allenby

Scott Verplank
Shaun Micheel Stephen Leaney
Steve Flesch Stuart Appleby

Thomas Bjorn
Tiger Woods
Tim Herron
Tim Petrovic
Tom Byrum
Toshimitsu Izawa
Trevor Immelman

Vijay Singh

Source – USGA


Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 -4 Retief Goosen South Africa 70 66 69 71 276
2 -2 Phil Mickelson United States 68 66 73 71 278
3   ↑T6 +1 Jeff Maggert United States 68 67 74 72 281
T4   ↑8 +4 Mike Weir Canada 69 70 71 74 284
T4 +4 Shigeki Maruyama Japan 66 68 74 76 284
6   ↓T4 +5 Fred Funk United States 70 66 72 77 285
T7   ↑T34 +6 Robert Allenby Australia 70 72 74 70 286
T7   ↑T11 +6 Steve Flesch United States 68 74 70 74 286
T9   ↑T11 +7 Chris Dimarco United States 71 71 70 75 287
T9   ↓T2 +7 Ernie Els South Africa 70 67 70 80 287
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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