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A Total of 72 Players Exempt for U.S. Open
Fourteen more professional golfers earned full exemptions into the upcoming 2008 U.S. Open by being in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking or by being among the top money leaders for the year as of May 26. A total of 72 golfers are now fully exempt from qualifying for the upcoming championship, scheduled from June 12-15 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, Calif.
In all, three more exemption categories were closed as of May 26. Those who earned full exemptions through the current World Ranking were Stuart Appleby, J.B. Holmes, Miguel Jimenez, Robert Karlsson, Martin Kaymer, Anthony Kim, Justin Leonard, Sean O'Hair, Rod Pampling, Ian Poulter, Jeff Quinney, Mike Weir and Oliver Wilson. The remainder of the top 50 ranked players (38) is already fully exempt through other criteria.
Ryuji Imada earned a full exemption by being among the top 10 money leaders on the PGA Tour as of May 26. Kim and Quinney also were among the PGA Tour's top 10 money winners. The rest of the top 10 money leaders were already fully exempt. Jimenez and Wilson were additionally fully exempt by being the top two money leaders on the PGA European Tour for 2008 as of May 26.
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 25.
Sectional qualifying for the remaining 84 spots will take place at 13 sites on June 2. The first sectional qualifier was held May 26 in Japan with two spots for the U.S. Open field awarded.
Here's the list of the 72 golfers who are fully exempt:
Players Fully Exempt for 2008 U.S. Open
Charles Howell III
* = amateur