How Many Players Entered The 2024 US Open?

For just the third time ever the number of players entering the US Open eclipsed 10,000 as golfers flocked to try and achieve their dreams at Pinehurst

US Open trophy general view
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The are 156 players lining up at Pinehurst No.2 for the 124th US Open Championship this week - but that's just a fraction of the number who entered.

As for just the third time in tournament history, the number of players who entered the US Open eclipsed the 10,000 mark.

A total of 10,052 players entered the 2024 US Open, which is only slightly down from the 10,127 entrants for the 2014 US Open which was also held at the famous Pinehurst No.2 course.

Those two years come in second and third for the volume of US Open entrants, but still behind the record 10,187 players that entered for the chance of qualifying for last year's event at Los Angeles Country Club.

With it being an "Open" the tournament is just that - it's open for any professional or amateur golfer with a Handicap Index of 0.4 or better to enter.

Of course, that means the United States Golf Association (USGA) which runs the tournament is inundated with thousands of hopefuls all dreaming of making it into that final field.

Those 10,000-odd have to be whittled down to 156 somehow, but with this year's US Open being the 1000th championship the USGA has organised they're well on top of things.

There are two stages of qualifying for those hoping to make it into the US Open field, Local Qualifying and Final Qualifying.

Local Qualifying is an 18-hole shootout that was this year played at 109 different courses where 530 players made it through into the tough Final Qualifying events.

Lucas Glover celebrates with the winner's trophy after his two-stroke victory at the 109th U.S. Open on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on June 22, 2009 in Farmingdale, New York.

Lucas Glover won the 2009 US Open as a qualifier

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It's much more of a slog in the big ones, with 13 golf courses playing host to Final Qualifying events this year - which are gruelling 36-hole contests played on just one day.

Here is where you can get some huge names who have failed to get in by other methods trying their hand at qualifying for the US Open - this year with Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott the headlines as they both lost out in playoffs.

Both Scott and Garcia did finally find their way into the field though, but from Final Qualifying around 65 spots are usually booked for the final US Open field.

And these aren't just events for players who just want to make the third Major of the season - as Lucas Glover came through Final Qualifying to win the 2008 US Open at Bethpage Black to prove it can be done.

You can even make it through both Local and Final Qualifying and go on to become the US Open champion - although the last time that happened was Orville Moody in 1969.

But it's the hope that carries players into these events, hope that they could write their names in history and even if not lifting the trophy - getting into that final 156-man field is a massive achievement from over 10,000 entrants.

Paul Higham

Paul Higham is a sports journalist with over 20 years of experience in covering most major sporting events for both Sky Sports and BBC Sport. He is currently freelance and covers the golf majors on the BBC Sport website.  Highlights over the years include covering that epic Monday finish in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor and watching Rory McIlroy produce one of the most dominant Major wins at the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He also writes betting previews and still feels strangely proud of backing Danny Willett when he won the Masters in 2016 - Willett also praised his putting stroke during a media event before the Open at Hoylake. Favourite interviews he's conducted have been with McIlroy, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn, Rickie Fowler and the enigma that is Victor Dubuisson. A big fan of watching any golf from any tour, sadly he spends more time writing about golf than playing these days with two young children, and as a big fair weather golfer claims playing in shorts is worth at least five shots. Being from Liverpool he loves the likes of Hoylake, Birkdale and the stretch of tracks along England's Golf Coast, but would say his favourite courses played are Kingsbarns and Portrush.