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Mickelson added to field in a US Open without qualifying

PHOTO: Phil Mickelson, Photo Date: February 26, 2014  - Photo: Corn Farmer / CC BY-ND 2.0
PHOTO: Phil Mickelson, Photo Date: February 26, 2014 - Photo: Corn Farmer / CC BY-ND 2.0(WJRT)
Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 2:55 PM EDT
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Phil Mickelson says he wasn’t interested in a special exemption into the U.S. Open. Now he doesn’t need one.

The USGA announced its exemption categories for a U.S. Open that won’t have open qualifying for the first time in nearly a century. That includes taking the top 70 in the world ranking from March 15, the last one before the ranking was frozen when golf shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Open usually takes the top 60. Mickelson was at No. 61 in March. The USGA tried to create categories that would reflect a typical U.S. Open field. The U.S. Open is scheduled for Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot, which is just north of New York City.

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