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There's only one way to slice it -- qualifying for the U.S. Open is no easy feat. Consider:
Local qualifying: Eighteen-hole rounds will be held at more than 100 sites in mid-May. From the more than 7,000 golfers making the attempt at local qualifying, about 550 will advance to sectional qualifying, joining roughly 200 who are exempt from the local qualifying stage.
Sectional qualifying: Thirty-six-hole rounds will be held at 16 sites from late May through June 6. For the second time, sectional qualifiers will be held in Japan and England. Golfers advancing from sectional qualifying will join the 70 players who are fully exempt into the Open field.
In 2005, Michael Campbell was the first non-exempt U.S. Open winner since Steve Jones in 1996. Campbell qualified at the England site by making a birdie on the last hole (nine spots were awarded to the England site. In fact, Campbell said he would not have entered if he had to travel to the United States to compete in the qualifying process.