US Open

Els receives special exemption into US Open

2019-04-26 10:42
Ernie Els (AFP)

Cape Town - The United States Golf Association (USGA) has awarded a special exemption into the 119th US Open to two-time champion Ernie Els.

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Els, 49, won the 1994 US Open at Oakmont Country Club and the 1997 US Open at Congressional Country Club.

Els is also a two-time Open Championship winner, having lifted the Claret Jug in 2002 and 2012.

Els, who also received a special exemption last year, is one of 19 players to win multiple US Opens and was the first international player to accomplish the feat since Alex Smith in 1910.

Meanwhile, the USGA accepted a total of 9 125 entries for this year's US Open at Pebble Beach. The tournament will be held at the fabled course for the sixth time from June 13-16.

The last time the US Open was played at Pebble Beach - in 2010 - Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell emerged victorious.

More than 9 000 US Open entries were received for the eighth consecutive year and the 11th time overall.

The USGA accepted entries from golfers in all 50 US states, as well as from 77 foreign countries.

American Brooks Koepka is the defending champion and will be looking to complete a hat-trick of victories having won in 2017 as well.

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