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USGA restores qualifying for U.S. Open

After COVID-19 reshaped '20 Open, USGA sets 109 local-qualifying sites for June 17-20 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego

Announced: By the USGA, that qualifying will be restored for the U.S. Open, which is scheduled for June 17-20 at Torrey Pines in San Diego. According to a USGA news release issued Wednesday, local qualifying will be held at 109 sites in 43 states and Canada from April 26 to May 18. The tournament is open to male professionals and amateurs, with amateurs not exceeding 1.4 on the Handicap Index. Registration will open in late February on the USGA’s website. Players who advance out of local qualifying will join locally exempt players in final qualifying, a one-day, 36-hole event at dates and sites to be determined. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, qualifying was not held for the 2020 U.S. Open, which was delayed by three months and eventually played in September. An all-exempt field competed at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. According to the USGA, two champions have played their way through local and final qualifying and won the U.S. Open: Ken Venturi (1964) and Orville Moody (1969).

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