77 in 156-man field earn exemptions

Updated: May 24, 2010, 7:53 AM ET
Associated Press

IRVING, Texas -- Graeme McDowell is among 14 players who don't have to worry about qualifying for the U.S. Open.

McDowell tied for 28th in the BMW PGA Championship in England, then had to wait some eight hours Sunday until the Byron Nelson Championship ended in Texas to make sure he stayed among the top 50 in the world ranking.

McDowell is No. 49, making him exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Open and British Open.

Sunday's two winners still have to qualify for the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, which will be held June 17-20. Simon Khan, who rallied to win on the European Tour, moved up to No. 7 on the money list, but only the top five are exempt. Europeans will go through 36-hole qualifying Monday at Walton Heath. Jason Day, the winner of the Byron Nelson, only moved up to No. 79 in the world ranking. He will try to qualify in two weeks.

This was the final week to earn an exemption to the U.S. Open by getting into top 50 in the world ranking, top 10 on the PGA Tour money list or top five on the European Tour money list. No one moved into those categories who was not already there.

Other exemptions went to Robert Allenby, Camilo Villegas, Charl Schwartzel, Robert Karlsson, Alvaro Quiros, Adam Scott, K.J. Choi, Edoardo Molinari, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Ben Crane, Peter Hanson, Louis Oosthuizen and Thongchai Jaidee.

That means 77 players in the 156-man field are exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Open.


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