The US Open kicks off today. Here are some facts about the field of 156 players:
It includes 16 amateurs and over 80 pros and ams from the US.
We can’t find any “home town” stories about Missourians in the field. About the closest we get is PGA Tour pro Robert Streb, a Kansas State grad who won the 2014 KCGA Watson Challenge (and donated his entire first place check to charity!)
Thirteen past open champions are in the field. The USGA accepted the second highest number of entries at 9,882. They conducted 111 local qualifiers and 12 sectional qualifiers–2 internationally and 10 at various sites around the US. (The sectionals are 36 holes in one day–sometimes over 2 different courses in a given area.)
The event is being contested at Chambers Bay, a links style course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. It’s located on Puget Sound outside Seattle. Chambers Bay has never hosted an Open, but did host the 2010 US Amateur.
Above image from USGA.org