Retief Goosen of South Africa, shows his ball after making par on the first hole during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 15, 2016, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Lynne Sladky
May 17, 2016

FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) Two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen has received a special exemption to this year's U.S. Open at Oakmont.

Goosen is the first player to receive a special exemption from the USGA since Tom Watson and Vijay Singh were awarded spots to the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

The 47-year-old South African won his first U.S. Open in 2001 at Southern Hills when he three-putted from 12 feet on the final hole and then had to beat Mark Brooks in a playoff. Goosen won in 2004 at Shinnecock Hills by holding off Phil Mickelson.

His 10-year exemption from qualifying expired after 2014. Goosen made it through sectional qualifying last year.

Hale Irwin in 1990 is the last player to win the U.S. Open after getting a special exemption.

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