Wednesday, June 7, 2017

PGA Golf Playing Field for the 2017 U.S. Open

The 2017 U.S. Open golf major tournament on the PGA Tour is taking place this week from June 15-18, 2017, at the Erin Hills golf course located in Erin, Wisconsin. Here is a list of the playing field of top PGA golfers for the 2017 U.S. Open.

The U.S. Open dates back to 1895. Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus jointly hold the record for most wins with four each. Tiger Woods is tied with Hale Irwin for the second most wins at three each.

With the U.S. Open being a golf major and arguably the most desirable tournament for an American golfer to win just about every top ranked golfer in the world is in the playing field this week. So it's easier this week to just list the top ranked and eligible players not in the playing field for the 2017 U.S. Open.

PGA Golf Playing Field for the 2017 U.S. Open

Despite his needing to win the U.S. Open to complete a career Grand Slam in golf, Phil Mickelson is skipping the 2017 U.S. Open so he can attend his daughter Amanda's high school graduation. Mickelson said the decision was an easy one for him to make and he never thought twice about it.

Other eligible golfers who will not be playing in the 2017 U.S. Open include Tiger Woods, out recovering from back surgery, and Ryan Moore, out with a shoulder injury. One other player, Curtis Luck, was eligible for the 2017 U.S. Open as an amateur but Curtis turned pro in April and thereby lost his eligibility to play.

All top 10 ranked golfers in the world, Dustin Johnson (2016 winner), Rory McIlroy (2011 winner), Jason Day, Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth (2015 winner), Henrik Stenson, Alex Noren, Rickie Fowler and Jon Rahm are playing in the 2017 U.S. Open.

Previous winners of the U.S. Open not listed above in the playing field this week include Martin Kaymer (2014), Justin Rose (2013), Webb Simpson (2012), Graeme McDowell (2010), Lucas Glover (2009), Angel Cabrera (2007), Jim Furyk (2003) and Ernie Els (1994, 1997). 

Interestingly, golf major winners like Keegan Bradley and Stewart Cink had to play in sectional qualifiers to make the 2017 U.S. Open. Another golf major winner and Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III also tried to qualify but did not. 

While Davis Love III did not play anywhere near well enough to qualify his son, Davis Love IV, just missed qualifying by one stroke. He is the first alternate and can still make the field if another eligible golfer drops out of the 2017 U.S. Open before it starts.

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