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Steve Stricker

Steve Stricker advanced through a 36-hole qualifier in Memphis on Monday, which ensured him a spot in the US Open field at Erin Hills, Ryan Lavner of the Golf Channel reports.

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Stricker was denied an exemption to participate in the US Open by the USGA, and was forced to make the field the old-fashioned way. It was no surprise that he did not receive one, as the PGA has been stingy giving those out. A non-major winner has not received one since 2000. Although he is currently semi-retired, the 50-year old has made it known that he wanted to take part in the first US Open played in his home state of Wisconsin. Stricker is riding a streak of five consecutive cuts made since tying for 16th at the Masters, and is currently sitting at 84th in the world rankings.