Wilson was the first alternate from the Purchase, NY, sectional played at Old Oaks and Century. He made a birdie putt on the sixth playoff hole in qualifying to earn the spot. Wilson, who earned first-team All-America honors at Stanford University this year, is playing in his second U.S. Open (he missed the cut in 2012 at The Olympic Club).
Two additional players earned full exemptions into the 2014 U.S. Open. Kevin Na earned an exemption based on the current Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR). Na, who is ranked No. 40, is making his fourth U.S. Open appearance. Bernd Wiesberger, who is No. 60 in the OWGR, is playing in his first U.S. Open. The 28-year-old from Austria finished second at the European Tour’s Lyoness Open last week and moved up nine spots in the ranking. He lost in a playoff to Mikael Lundberg on the first extra hole.
The USGA held five spots in the field for those players who could potentially qualify by being in the current top 60 of the OWGR. Since Na and Wiesberger were the only players to earn an exemption, three alternates from sectional qualifying were added to the field, which was the circuitous route to Wilson's spot in the field.
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