USGA gives Mickelson exemption into U.S. Open Championship

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – The United States Golf Association (USGA)  gave Phil Mickelson (pictured) a special exemption into the 121st U.S. Open Championship scheduled June 17-20 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, Calif.
“Phil Mickelson’s incredible USGA playing record and overall career achievements are among the most noteworthy in the game’s history,” said USGA CEO Mike Davis. “We are thrilled to welcome him to this year’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.”
Mickelson, 50, is a six-time U.S. Open runner-up, most in championship history, and has recorded ten top-10 finishes in 29 appearances. He won the 1990 U.S. Amateur Championship and was a member of the 1989 and 1991 USA Walker Cup Teams and the 1990 USA World Amateur Team.  
“Winning the U.S. Open has been a lifelong and elusive dream, and I’ve come close so many times,” said Mickelson, a San Diego native. “You can’t win if you don’t play. I’m honored and appreciative of the USGA for the opportunity and look forward to playing in my hometown on a golf course I grew up on.”
Mickelson seeks to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods and become just the sixth in history to win all four majors. Among Mickelson’s 44 career professional victories are five major titles – the 2004, 2006, and 2010 Masters Tournaments, the 2005 PGA Championship, and the 2013 British Open Championship. In addition, Mickelson has represented the USA on 12 Ryder Cup teams and 12 Presidents Cup squads.  
Mickelson is the sixth player since 2010 to receive a special exemption into the U.S. Open. The list includes Tom Watson (2010), Vijay Singh (2010), Retief Goosen (2016), Jim Furyk (2018), and Ernie Els (twice, in 2018 and 2019). Hale Irwin is the lone player to win the U.S. Open playing on a special exemption, doing so in a 19-hole playoff over Mike Donald in 1990 at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club to claim his third U.S. Open title.


‘Bullet’ Memorial golf fundraiser scheduled Sunday

ONALASKA, WI - The 10th annual “Bullet” Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled Sunday, May 16, at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska.
The event features a 2-person best-ball, pick your partner or blind partner draw from A and B player groups with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. There will be both men’s and women’s divisions. The partner draw is Friday, May 14.
Players age 67 and younger will play from the white tees, age 68 and above from the gold tees and women from the red tees.
Entry fee is $55 for Cedar Creek members and $75 for non-members $75. Entry fees include motorized carts.
Cash donations at registration are also welcomed and appreciated.
The “Bullet” Memorial honors the memory of Russell Lee Hiser, aka “The Bullet,” who passed away unexpectedly on Dec 2, 2010.
Funds from the fund-raising tournament benefit the Russ Hiser Foundation which supports junior golf in the La Crosse area, according to foundation board member Keith Stoll, PGA professional and general manager at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse. The foundation offers free golf clinics for juniors, free golf at five area golf courses and funding for the middle school golf team. If you have a child in grades 6 through 8 in the La Crosse school district and would like more information or to sign your child up for the clinics, contact

Onalaska’s Weber ties for 41st place

CEDARBURG, WI - Onalaska’s Joe Weber shot a 6-over-par 78th an finished in a four-way tie for 41st place in the Wisconsin State Golf Association USGA Open Qualifier at Hidden Glen At Bentdale Farms in Cedarburg, WI, on Wednesday.
Kaylor Steger of Mount Pleasant, WI, fired an impressive 5-under 67 to top the five qualifying spots.

12 past champions enter 41st U.S. Senior Open

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) has accepted 2,999 entries for the 41st U.S. Senior Open Championship, scheduled for July 8-11, at Omaha (Neb.) Country Club.
Twelve past champions are among the 84 players who are currently fully exempt into the championship.
Kenny Perry, the 2013 and 2017 champion, and 11 other Senior Open champions are fully exempt from having to qualify for the championship. They are: Olin Browne (2011), Brad Bryant (2007), Roger Chapman (2012), Fred Funk (2009), Bernhard Langer (2010), Jeff Maggert (2015), Colin Montgomerie (2014), Don Pooley (2002), Eduardo Romero (2008), Gene Sauers (2016) and David Toms (2018).
“The USGA is pleased that the number of entries and worldwide interest in the U.S. Senior Open remains consistently high,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director, Championships. “We are excited to bring senior golf’s most prestigious championship to the City of Omaha and Nebraska for a second time and we look forward to awarding the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy to another worthy champion.”
This year’s total number of entries is the third-highest in championship history. The record was established in 2002, when 3,101 golfers applied to play. The USGA accepted entries from golfers in all 50 states, including 22 from host state Nebraska, as well as the District of Columbia and 41 foreign countries.
The USGA has also awarded a special exemption into the 41st U.S. Senior Open to two-time Masters Tournament champion Jose Maria Olazabal, of Spain. Olazabal, 55, won the Masters in 1994 and 1999 and has recorded six PGA Tour and 23 European Tour victories. He played in 18 U.S. Opens and his best finish was a tie for eighth in both 1990 and 1991. Olazabal, who will compete in his first U.S. Senior Open, was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009.
The U.S. Senior Open is open to professional golfers, and amateurs with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4 who are at least 50 years of age at the start of championship play.
Qualifying will be played over 18 holes at 34 sites across the United States between May 17 and June 14. There are qualifying sites in 27 states, including five in California, three in Florida and two in Texas. Additional places in the 156-player field are reserved for eligible winners of official PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions events in the weeks remaining before the 2021 U.S. Senior Open.

Sorenstam to compete in first U.S. Senior Women’s Open

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – Three-time U.S. Women’s Open champion Annika Sorenstam has filed an entry as a fully exempt player for the 3rd U.S. Women’s Senior Open Championship scheduled for July 29-Aug. 1, 2021, at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Conn.
Sorenstam (pictured), who turned 50 last October and plans to make her U.S. Senior Women’s Open debut, was elected president of the International Golf Federation last December. She competed on the LPGA Tour in February at the Gainbridge Classic on her home course, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, 13 years removed from her last competitive start. Sorenstam made the 36-hole cut, her 299th made cut in 308 career LPGA Tour starts. The 2003 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee has competed in 15 U.S. Women’s Opens, with three victories and seven finishes inside the top 10.
This will be Sorenstam’s first USGA championship since the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open at Interlachen Country Club, where she capped her career in the championship in heroic fashion by holing a 6-iron from 199 yards for an eagle 3 on the 18th hole on Sunday.
“When I finished that round at Interlachen, I’m not sure I would have expected to compete for another USGA title in the future, but to have this opportunity now, at this stage of life, is incredible,” said Sorenstam. “USGA championships set themselves apart with world-class venues and world-class fields, and I know the same type of challenge I used to relish at a U.S. Women’s Open awaits at the U.S. Senior Women’s Open. I am looking forward to the opportunity to compete, and to do it with my family by my side.”
Sorenstam’s celebrated career includes 72 LPGA Tour titles, 10 majors and eight LPGA Tour Player of the Year honors.
In 2012, Sorenstam was the recipient of the Bob Jones Award, the USGA’s highest honor, which recognizes an individual who demonstrates spirit, personal character and respect for the game. Her time in recent years has been spent raising her two children, Ava and Will, and participating in a variety of ventures to grow the game through her Annika Foundation.
Online entry applications for the U.S. Senior Women’s Open began on March 31, and continue through June 9, at
To be eligible, a player must be age 50 or older at the start of the championship and have a Handicap Index® not exceeding 7.4, or be a professional. More information about the 3rd U.S. Senior Women’s Open is available at