2014 U.S. Open field, final qualifiers nearly set for Pinehurst

Eileen Blass-USA TODAY

The 156-man field is almost full for America's national championship, with three more lucky (depending on who you ask) names yet to get the call off the alternates list.

With the conclusion of the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Sunday afternoon in Memphis, it's now officially U.S. Open week. The field for America's national championship is about as big as it gets in golf, with 156 players going off split tees in groups of three during sun-up to sun-down golf. The process for getting a spot is nothing like the season's first major, Augusta National designating players in its field as "invitees" and sweating if the total field starts to push triple digits.

The U.S. Open, on the other hand, takes a mix of current top professionals and those who snaked their way through local and sectional qualifying. It's a true open, with usually half the field reserved for anyone who signs up for qualifying and successfully plays his way in (of course, in order to sign up, you need a 1.4 handicap index so not just any old chap is in that group of 10k-plus dreamers trying to qualify). This year, in fact, there will be significantly more qualifiers (82) than those regular touring pros with exemptions (74).

Kevin Na and Bernd Wiesberger will be the final two players to earn their spot into the field via exemption. The 14th and final method of getting an exemption is falling inside the top 60 in the Official World Golf Rankings released the Monday of U.S. Open week. Last Sunday, we knew that Na had played his way safely inside that mark with his showing at the Memorial, which he lost in a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama. That playoff loss second-place finish rocketed him from 70th to 40th and Na withdrew from sectional qualifying in Columbus the next day (and also passed on the tournament in Memphis this week).

Wiesberger opted to pass on last week's Nordea Masters in Sweden in order to prep for the Lyoness Open this week in his home country of Austria. The move paid off, as he went to the wire over on the Euro Tour before he also lost in a playoff to Mikael Lundberg. That playoff loss second-place finish will push him from 69th in the world up to 60th, so he should make it juuuuuuust on the number. That sets our final exemptions list at 74, with Euro Tour regulars Thomas Bjorn and Richard Sterne withdrawing since we last checked in. Here's the list of those exempt, in order by the first method in which they earned entry (e.g. Phil Mickelson is exempt in six different ways, but listed just once):

Winners of U.S. Open the last 10 Years
Angel Cabrera (2007)
Michael Campbell (2005)
Lucas Glover (2009)
Retief Goosen (2004)
Graeme McDowell (2010)
Rory McIlroy (2011)
Geoff Ogilvy (2006)
Justin Rose (2013)
Webb Simpson (2012)
Tiger Woods (2008)
Winner/Runner-up of 2013 U.S. Amateur
Matthew Fitzpatrick (a)
Oliver Goss (a)
British Amateur Champion
Garrick Porteous (turned pro in April)
Masters winner last 5 years
Phil Mickelson
Charl Schwartzel
Adam Scott
Bubba Watson
Open Championship winner last 5 years
Stewart Cink
Darren Clarke
Ernie Els
Louis Oosthuizen
PGA Championship winner last 5 years
Keegan Bradley
Jason Dufner
Martin Kaymer
Y.E. Yang
Players Champions last 3 years
Matt Kuchar
2013 U.S. Senior Open winner
Kenny Perry
Top 10 (and ties) from 2013 U.S. Open
Nicolas Colsaerts
Jason Day
Luke Donald
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
Rickie Fowler
Billy Horschel
Hunter Mahan
Hideki Matsuyama
Steve Stricker
Final 30 Qualifers for FedExCup's TOUR Championship
Roberto Castro
Brendon de Jonge
Graham DeLaet
Jim Furyk
Sergio Garcia
Bill Haas
Dustin Johnson
Zach Johnson
D.A. Points
Brandt Snedeker
Jordan Spieth
Henrik Stenson
Kevin Streelman
Nick Watney
Boo Weekley
Gary Woodland
Top 60 in World Rankings as of May 24, 2014
Thomas Bjorn
Jonas Blixt
Jamie Donaldson
Victor Dubuisson
Harris English
Matt Every
Stephen Gallacher
Russell Henley
Thongchai Jaidee
Miguel Angel Jimenez
Matt Jones
Chris Kirk
Pablo Larrazabal
Joost Luiten
Francesco Molinari
Ryan Moore
Ryan Palmer
Ian Poulter
Patrick Reed
John Senden
Kevin Stadler
Richard Sterne
Brendon Todd
Jimmy Walker
Lee Westwood
Top 60 in World Rankings as of June 9, 2014
Kevin Na
Bernd Wiesberger

The number of qualifiers is currently set at 79, the most recent change coming with Sam Love replacing Jason Millard, who qualified out of the Memphis-Colonial Country Club sectional. Millard decided to DQ himself after five days of back-and-forth internal debate over whether or not he grounded his club in a sand trap down the stretch of his 36-hole qualifying day.

His backstory is amazing, and qualifying was a bit of great news in a rough year (his dad passed about this time last year and he takes care of his mother who is stricken with MS). Millard was the only one who could make the call and DQ himself, and while driving to Pinehurst, he decided to pull out of his national championship, opening the spot for Love.

With 79 all set, that leaves three more to come off the "alternates" list and round out the field of 156. The way the USGA determines who gets chosen off the alternates list is nebulous so it's tough to predict an order or who will get the call for those last three spots. Here's your current group of 79 qualifiers from last week's "golf's longest day."

Sectional Qualifiers
Aaron Baddeley
Alex Cejka
Andrea Pavan
Andres Echavarria
Andrew Dorn (a)
Anthony Broussard
Aron Price
Azuma Yano
Billy Hurley III
Bo Van Pelt
Bobby Gates
Brady Watt
Brain Campbell (a)
Brett Stegmaier
Brian Stuard
Brooks Koepka
Casey Wittenberg
Chad Collins
Chris Doak
Chris Thompson
Clayton Rask
Cody Gribble
Cory Whitsett (a)
Daniel Berger
Danny Willett
David Gossett
David Oh
David Toms
Donald Constable
Erik Compton
Fran Quinn
Garth Mulroy
Graeme Storm
Henrik Norlander
Hudson Swafford
Hunter Stewart (a)
Hyung Sung Kim
J.B. Holmes
James Renner
Jeff Maggert
Joe Ogilvie
Justin Leonard
Justin Thomas
Ken Duke
Kevin Kisner
Kevin Sutherland
Kevin Tway
Kiyoshi Miyazato
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
Lucas Bjerregaard
Luke Guthrie
Marcel Siem
Mark Wilson
Matthew Dobyns
Maverick McNealy (a)
Maximilian Kieffer
Nicholas Lindheim
Nicholas Mason
Niclas Fasth
Oliver Fisher
Paul Casey
Rob Oppenheim
Robby Shelton (a)
Robert Allenby
Rod Pampling
Ryan Blaum
Sam Love
Scott Langley
Seung Yul Noh
Shane Lowry
Shiv Kapur
Simon Griffiths
Smylie Kaufman
Steven Alker
Tom Lewis
Toru Taniguchi
Wen-Chong Liang
Will Grimmer (a)
Zac Blair

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