Seven players with ties to the Georgia golf program — including current Bulldog Davis Thompson — will be competing this week in the 120th U.S. Open Championship.
The amateur Thompson will be joined by professionals Harris English, Brian Harman, Kevin Kisner, Greyson Sigg, Brendon Todd, and Bubba Watson in the 144-man field at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.
“This is going to be a great experience,” said Thompson, who will be a junior for the 2020-21 Bulldogs. “It’s a thrill, an honor. It shows that hard work pays off. This is a major and it’s golf’s greatest test, so I’ll see where my game fits and I can build off of that.”
Thompson will be paired with familiar faces in English and Todd in the first two rounds. They will tee off Thursday at 7:34 a.m. and Friday at 12:54 p.m.
Sigg will get things started for the Bulldogs on Thursday at 6:50 a.m. (12:10 p.m. Friday), followed by Harman at 7:01 a.m. (12:21 p.m. Friday), Watson at 12:54 p.m. (7:34 a.m. Friday), and Kisner at 1:16 p.m. (7:56 a.m. Friday).
While the U.S. Open will be contested without fans, Golf Channel, NBC, and Peacock will broadcast from 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. Digital streaming will be available at USOpen.com.
Kisner qualified for the U.S. Open as one of the players from the 2019 Tour Championship, while Todd and Watson gained entry based on being in the top 70 in the March 2020 Official World Golf Ranking. Harman made it through the 2019-20 FedExCup Final Points List for players not previously exempt, Sigg qualified as one of the Korn Ferry Tour points leaders, Thompson was picked from his World Amateur Golf Ranking in August, and English earned a spot based on the August Official World Golf Ranking.
Watson will be making his 13th appearance in the U.S. Open, followed by Kisner with seven, English and Harman with five each, and Todd with four. Sigg and Thompson will be playing in the U.S. Open for the first time. Harman was the runner-up in the U.S. Open played at Erin Hills in Wisconsin in 2017.
The U.S. Open winner will gain entry into the next 10 U.S. Opens and the next five Masters Tournaments, Open Championships, PGA Championships, and Players Championships along with exempt status on the PGA Tour for five years. The top 10 finishers (and ties) are exempt for the 2021 U.S. Open. The top four finishers (and ties) will be invited to the 2021 Masters.