Ogilvy, Pampling and Allenby join US Open lineup
BY iseekgolf.com | US PGA Tour | 2006 US Open | General | 31 May 2006
Aussies Geoff Ogilvy, Rod Pampling and Robert Allenby are three of the nine golfers who earned full exemptions into the US Open with the close of three active categories as of May 30. A total of 79 golfers are fully exempt from qualifying for the upcoming Championship, scheduled from June 15-18 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Ogilvy and Pampling, both winners on the US PGA TOUR in 2006 earned their exemptions by easily staying in the top 50 in the World Rankings. The other six who earned full exemptions by being in the top 50 of the updated World Rankings are Paul Casey, a winner on the 2006 PGA European Tour, along with Rory Sabbatini, Darren Clarke, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson and Tom Lehman.
The trio join fellow Australasians Stuart Appleby, defending Champion Michael Campbell (NZL), Mark Hensby, Nick O’Hern and Adam Scott in the line up for the second major of 2006.
The 10 leading money leaders on the PGA Tour for 2006 and the top two money leaders of the PGA European Tour for 2006 were already fully exempt, after considering the world rankings. The remainder of the top 50 ranked players (41) was already fully exempt through other criteria.
One more fully exempt place could be awarded following the close of this week’s Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour, if the winner is not already fully exempt and it is his second Tour win since last April 27.
Sectional qualifying for the remaining 77 spots will take place at 13 sites on June 5-6. The first sectional qualifier was held May 29 in Japan with three spots for the US Open field awarded.
Jose Maria Olazabal
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Rich Beem Robert Allenby
Rocco Mediate Rod Pampling
Stewart Cink Stuart Appleby
Photo – Anthony Powter
Source – USGA