USGA adds global qualifying for 2005 US Open

BY | US PGA Tour | 2005 US Open | General | 24 Jun 2004
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A sectional qualifying site will be added in Europe and Asia for the 2005 US Open, the United States Golf Association has announced. The qualifiers will be added in order to accommodate the large number of golfers who are awarded local exemptions but still fail to submit a championship entry due to inconvenience and the cost of travel to the US to compete in one of the 13 sectional qualifiers held in this country. In 2004, there were 130 international golfers who were locally exempt but failed to submit an entry.

The plan is for a qualifier to be held at a site convenient to the weekly European PGA Tour and the Japan PGA Tour sites on June 6, 2005. The USGA has asked the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (R&A) and the Japan Golf Association for their assistance in conducting these overseas sectional qualifiers.

The two-stage qualifying process for the 2004 Open consisted of 104 local qualifying sites and 13 sectional qualifying sites, with 750 golfers competing for 80 places in the sectional qualifiers.

“We wish to give the skilled international golfers who have earned local exemptions a more convenient geographical opportunity to participate in US Open sectional qualifying,” said David Fay, USGA executive director. “Additionally, oversees qualifiers will no longer need to spend the week in the US between qualifying and the start of the Championship.”

Notably, Colin Montgomerie and Bernhard Langer withdrew from Open sectional qualifiers in 2004 rather than travel from England to the US to play 36 holes in one day. Conversely, Nick Faldo flew from England to Florida and won a spot through Open sectional qualifying the next day.

Source – USGA


Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1   ↑T4 Ev Michael Campbell New Zealand 71 69 71 69 280
2   ↑T7 +2 Tiger Woods United States 70 71 72 69 282
T3   ↑T4 +5 Mark Hensby Australia 71 68 72 74 285
T3   ↑T15 +5 Sergio Garcia Spain 71 69 75 70 285
T3   ↑T15 +5 Tim Clark South Africa 76 69 70 70 285
T6   ↑T26 +6 Davis Love Iii United States 77 70 70 69 286
T6   ↑T15 +6 Rocco Mediate United States 67 74 74 71 286
T6   ↑T11 +6 Vijay Singh Fiji 70 70 74 72 286
T9   ↑T11 +7 Arron Oberholser United States 76 67 71 73 287
T9   ↑T15 +7 Nick Price South Africa 72 71 72 72 287
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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