Players who have received USGA special exemptions into the U.S. Open, and how they fared.👇

Players who have received USGA special exemptions into the U.S. Open, and how they fared

The USGA announced on Thursday that it had offered a special exemption to Tiger Woods to compete in this year’s U.S. Open. And, of course, the three-time champion accepted.

The 124th edition of the U.S. Open will take place June 13-16 on Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

As one of the field criteria, the USGA reserves the right to offer special exemptions but does so with discretion. Here’s a look at who has received them over the years and how they fared, per the USGA. Most notably, Hale Irwin won in 1990 at Medinah, defeating Mike Donald in a playoff, after getting an invite.

1966 (Olympic Club)

Ben Hogan, 12th

1977 (Southern Hills)

Sam Snead, MC

Tommy Bolt, MC

Julius Boros, MC

1978 (Cherry Hills)

Arnold Palmer, MC

Bill Casper, T-30

Seve Ballesteros, T-16

1980 (Baltusrol)

Arnold Palmer, 63rd

Gene Littler, T-38

Jay Sigel (a), MC

1981 (Merion)

Arnold Palmer, MC

Gary Player, T-26

Lou Graham, MC

1983 (Oakmont)

Arnold Palmer, T-60

Gary Player, T-20

Lee Trevino, WD

1984 (Winged Foot)

Isao Aoki, T-16

Lee Trevino, T-9

1986 (Shinnecock)

Scott Verplank, T-15

1988 (The Country

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