SA young guns into US Open
New York - Thirteen foreign golfers were among 15 additional players to earn exemptions into the US Open golf championship next month at Pebble Beach, the US Golf Association said on Monday.
Australians Robert Allenby and Adam Scott, South Korean K.J. Choi and Camilo Villegas of Colombia were among the players in the top 50 in world rankings who had not yet qualified for the June 17-20 championship.
Americans Anthony Kim and Ben Crane were also added to the field through their position in world rankings.
The additions brought the number of exempt players to 78.
Other international players clinching rankings exemptions were Sweden's Peter Hanson and Robert Karlsson, Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez and Alvaro Quiros, South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand), Graeme McDowell (Britain) and Edoardo Molinari (Italy).
The first two sectional qualifiers were held on May 24 in Japan and England, where a total of 15 spots in the 156-player field were determined.
Sectional qualifying in the United States will take place at 13 sites on June 7.