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The 156 player U.S. Open field is open to any professional, or any amateur with an up-to-date USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 1.4. Players, male or female, may also obtain a spot by being fully exempt or completing the two-stage qualification process. About half of the field is made up of players who fall into one or more of the 17 full exemption categories, with a few of the 17 including winners of the U.S. Open for the last ten years and the other three majors for the last five years, the top 30 from the previous year's PGA Tour money list, the top 15 from the previous year's European Tour money list, and the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings as of two weeks prior to the tournament. There is no minimum age limit, and the youngest to ever qualify was 15-year-old Tadd Fujikawa of Hawaii in 2006.

The purse at the 2009 U.S. Open was $7.5 million with Lucas Glover taking home the winner's portion of $1.35 million. Similar to the other majors, a U.S. Open victory provides that player with several privileges which make their career much more secure, especially if not already one of golf's elite players; U.S. Open champions are automatically invited to play in the other three majors and The PLAYERS Championship for the next five years and are exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Open itself for 10 years; and regular PGA members automatically receive a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, with non-PGA Tour members having the choice of joining the Tour either within 60 days of winning or prior to the beginning of any one of the next five PGA seasons.

The top fifteen U.S. Open finishers are fully exempt from qualifying for the following year's Open, and the top eight are automatically invited to the following season's Masters. As you can see, this event will always have the best players in the world, both established and up and coming, so get your U.S. Open tickets today and be a part of something really big at Pebble Beach this June.

The United States Open Championship, commonly known as the U.S. Open, is the second of the four major championships and is an officially scheduled event on both the PGA and European Tours. Staged by the USGA in mid-June, the U.S. Open is always scheduled with the final round to be played on Father's Day, as long as there are no weather delays. For the fifth time in 38 years, the next U.S. Open Championship will be played at Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California, June 17-20, 2010. Pebble Beach is a classic U.S. Open venue, and always amongst the most in-demand tickets on the PGA Tour.

The inaugural U.S. Open Championship was played in 1895 on a nine-hole course in Newport, Rhode Island, and was a 36-hole competition played in a single day. The field was comprised of ten professionals and one amateur. The winner was 21-year-old Englishman Horace Rawlins, who had arrived in the United States that January to take a job at the host club. Rawlins received $150 cash out of the $335 purse, plus a $50 gold medal, while his club was presented the Open Championship Cup trophy by the USGA. The tournament was dominated by experienced British (1895, 1897, 1900, 1909) and Scottish (1896, 1898-99, 1901-08, 1910) players until 1911 when John J. McDermott became the first American-born winner, and American golfers soon began winning regularly as the Open evolved into one of the four PGA Tour majors.

Since 1950, players from only five nations other than the United States have won the Open, most notably South Africa, winning five times since 1965. For the first time since 1910, a streak of four consecutive non-American winners occurred from 2004 to 2007; South African Retief Goosen, New Zealander Michael Campbell, Australian Geoff Ogilvy, and Argentine Ángel Cabrera, are all from countries south of the equator. There have not been any European winners since England's Tony Jacklin in 1970.

The U.S. Open Championship is played at a variety of different courses, all usually set up to make low scoring difficult and with great emphasis placed on accurate tee shots. Normally the courses are very long and include a high cut of primary, or "Open", rough, hilly greens, and narrow fairways. U.S. Open courses are seldom conquered easily, leading to numerous above-par wins.

Setting itself apart from the other majors, the U.S. Open does not immediately go to a playoff if there is a tie at the end of four rounds. Instead, a fifth 18-hole round is played the following day, and if a tie still exists after that, a sudden death playoff is held. The U.S. Open has gone to sudden death after the playoff round only three times – most recently in 2008 when Tiger Woods defeated Rocco Mediate on the first playoff hole, additionally, making Woods the sixth player to win three or more U.S. Opens.