Former champs Ernie Els, Jim Furyk given special exemptions to US Open at Shinnecock Hills

FAR HILLS, N.J. — Ernie Els and Jim Furyk have received a special exemption to play in the US Open this year at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island, New York.

Els is a two-time US Open champion who would have faced qualifying because his five-year exemption from winning the 2012 British Open ran out last year. Els won the US Open at Oakmont in 1994 and at Congressional in 1997. This will be his 29th consecutive US Open.

Furyk won the 2003 US Open at Olympia Fields.

They received the first US Open exemptions since Retief Goosen in 2016. Goosen is a two-time Open champion, including 2004 when it was last held at Shinnecock Hills.

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