2014 US Open sets record for entries

Pinehurst is already looking sharp. (Copyright USGA/John Mummert)
Pinehurst is already looking sharp. (Getty Images)

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You might not be the greatest champion if you win the 2014 US Open at Pinehurst No. 2 but you will be the most accomplished.

That's because a record 10,127 golfers have entered their names for our nation's open championship.

The previous record was 9,860 for Merion in 2013.

Local qualifying for the tournament will be held at 111 venues from May 2-19 after which 36 holes of sectional qualifying will take place at 12 locations from May 26-June 2.

You must be a pro or have a handicap of 1.4 or better which rules me out. Even if you multiplied it by 10 it would rule me out.

"The number of entries, from across the world, affirms both the great appeal of playing in our national championship and the history surrounding Pinehurst No. 2," said Daniel B. Burton, USGA vice president and chairman of the Championship Committee.

Oddly Michael Campbell won this tournament at this course in 2005 and he had to go through sectional qualifying (he was exempt from local). Might we see that again in 2014?

Orville Moody was the last golfer to go through local and sectional qualifying (in 1969).

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