Originally created 05/04/04

From 13 to 81, a record number of U.S. Open entries

FAR HILLS, N.J. -- A record 8,726 golfers have entered the U.S. Open, ranging from a 13-year-old from Bradenton, Fla., to an 81-year-old from Milwaukee.

Also entered is David Duval, who has not competed in nearly six months. While he has not said when he might resume playing, Duval needed to officially enter so he would have the option of competing June 17-20 at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.

Jim Furyk, who won last year at Olympia Fields outside Chicago, probably won't be able to defend because he's recovering from wrist surgery.

The previous record for entries was 8,468, set in 2002 when the U.S. Open was played at Bethpage Black.

Players must be either a professional or carry a 1.4 handicap to enter. The youngest entry is amateur Tommy Mou, the oldest is pro Dick Lynch.

Two exempt players didn't enter - Steve Jones, the 1996 U.S. Open champion, because of an injury; and U.S. Senior Open champion Bruce Lietzke.

Sixty-four players are exempt from qualifying, meaning 8,662 players will be competing for 92 spots. Local qualifying at more than 100 sites begins May 12, while sectional qualifying at 13 sites will be June 7-8.


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