June 03, 2014
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- Kevin Na's runner-up finish at the Memorial Tournament moved him to 40th in the world ranking. (Getty Images/Sam Greenwood)
Kevin Na's runner-up finish at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance came with one big benefit: A spot in the U.S. Open. Na moved from 70th to 40th in the Official World Golf Ranking after losing to Hideki Matsuyama in a playoff. The top 60 in the world ranking on Monday will earn exemptions into the U.S. Open. It is the last opportunity for players to earn their way into the field at Pinehurst No. 2.
This will be Na's fourth U.S. Open appearance. He missed the cut in 2010 and 2011 and finished 29th in 2012.
The top 60 in the world ranking on May 26 also earned U.S. Open exemptions. Chesson Hadley, No. 66 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is the highest-ranked player in this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic who is not yet exempt for the U.S. Open. Hadley, winner of this year's Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com, is from Raleigh, N.C., about an hour from Pinehurst. No. 68 Charles Howell III also is playing this week and not yet in the U.S. Open.