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25 players secure US Open invites
25 additional golfers have earned exemptions to play in next month’s US Open Championship, it has been announced.
The US Golf Association said that each player awarded exemptions did so by virtue of earning a place in the top 60 of the world golf rankings up to and including this past Monday.
The full list of golfers who have earned full exemptions through the current rankings are: Thomas Bjorn, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jamie Donaldson, Jonas Blixt, Victor Dubuisson, Harris English, Stephen Gallacher, Russell Henley, Matthew Every, Thongchai Jaidee, Chris Kirk, Matt Jones, Joost Luiten, Pablo Larrazabal, Francesco Molinari, Ryan Moore, Ryan Palmer, Ian Poulter, Patrick Reed, John Senden, Kevin Stadler, Richard Sterne, Brendon Todd, Jimmy Walker and Lee Westwood.
The first two sectional qualifiers for the tournament were held on Sunday in Japan where six spots in the 156-player field were determined, and then in Surrey, England, where 14 players qualified. The 20 players are in addition to the 75 players declared fully exempt so far.