Clemson has 4 former players in US Open

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Clemson, SC—Four former Clemson golfers will participate in the 2012 US Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, CA this weekend. Play begins on Thursday on the course that has been the site of the US Open four times previously.

Former Tigers in the field include Jonathan Byrd, Lucas Glover, Kyle Stanley and Tommy Biershenk. Clemson is tied for second for the most former players in the field. Oklahoma State has the most representatives with eight, while Clemson, Ariazona State and Georgia Tech are tied for second with four apiece. Georgia, Illinois and Stanford have three players apiece.

The ACC has the most former or current players in the field with 18. Eight ACC institutions have at least one representative, more than any other league. The Big 12 is second with 15, the Pac 12 is third with 14, and the SEC is fourth with 10.

Byrd has been one of the top players on the PGA Tour the last month with four consecutive top 12 finishes. He is now 29th on the PGA money list with $1,464,320 and has moved up to #44 on the World rankings, 20th among American players. He has five top 10 finishes for the year, tied for first on the PGA Tour. He finished 27th at The Masters in his first major of the year.

Lucas Glover is one of 10 past US Open Champions in the field, as he won the 2009 event at Bethpage Black in New York. Glover has played well in the US Open recently as he is one of just nine players in the field who have made the cut each of the last three years.

Kyle Stanley is 16th on the PGA Tour money list this year with $2,022,213 earned. He won the Waste Management Open in Phoenix earlier in the year and also finished second at the Farmer’s Insurance Open in San Diego. He is ranked 56th in the World Golf Rankings this week.

Tommy Biershenk is the fourth former Tiger in the US Open. Biershenk is a 39-year old rookie on the PGA Tour and qualified for the US Open by shooting nine under par at the qualifier in Memphis last week. He has played in 15 events and made seven cuts this year.

Byrd and Glover were teammates at Clemson between 1998-00 and were starters on three Clemson teams that finished in the top eight in the nation. Stanley finished second at the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and 2009, the only Clemson golfer to finish runnerup twice. Biershenk played from 1992-96 and was a member of four Clemson NCAA Tournament teams.

Most Players in the 2012 US Open by United States School

Oklahoma State (8)—Rickie Fowler, Morgan Hoffman, Charles Howell, Ed Loar,
Hunter Mahan, Alex Noren, Bo Van Pelt, Casey Wittenberg
Arizona State (4)—Phil Mickelson, Jesse Mueller, Chez Reavie, Alberto
Clemson (4)—Tommy Biershenk, Jonathan Byrd, Lucas Glover, Kyle Stanley
Georgia Tech (4)—Roberto Castro, Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Nic Thompson
Georgia (3)—Paul Claxton, Brian Harman, Bubba Watson
Illinois (3)—Scott Langley, D.A. Points, Steve Stricker
Stanford (3)—Casey Martin, Cameron Wilson, Tiger Woods
Alabama (2)—Hunter Hamrick, Michael Thompson
California (2)—James Hahn, Charlie Wi
Duke (2)—Joe Ogilvy, Kevin Streelman
LSU (2)—John Peterson, David Toms
Montclair State (2)—Brian Gaffney, Mark McCormick
New Mexico (2)—Tim Herron, Spencer Levin
North Carolina (2)—Davis Love, Mark Wilson
NC State (2)—Tim Clark, Carl Petterson
Oklahoma (2)—Martin Flores, Hunter Haas
Texas (2)—Bob Estes, Jordan Speith
UCLA (2)—Patrick Cantlay, Kevin Chappell
UNLV(2)—Bill Lunde, Adam Scott
Wake Forest (2)—Bill Haas, Webb Simpson
Auburn (1)—Jason Dufner
Arizona (1)—Jim Furyk
Boca Raton (1)—Stephen Ames
Campbell (1)—David Mathes
Cincinnati (1)—Jim Herman
Coastal Carolina (1)—Dustin Johnson
Colorado State (1)—Martin Laird
Drake (1)—Zach Johnson
Florida Atlantic (1)—Steve LeBron
Florida Southern (1)—Darren Stiles
Florida State (1)—Brooks Koepka
Fresno State (1)—Nick Watney
Georgia Southern (1)—Blake Adams
Houston (1)—Anderson Hansen
Huntington (1)—Joe Durant
Kansas State (1)—Aaron Watkins
Kansas (1)—Gary Woodland
Michigan (1)—Justin Hicks
Mississippi (1)—Brian Rosell
Missouri Wesleyan (1)—Brice Garnett
Modesto JC (1)—Matt Bettencourt
Nevada (1)—Scott Smith
Northwestern (1)—Luke Donald
Nevada (1)—Michael Allen
Occidental (1)—Olin Browne
Oregon (1)—Ben Crane
Oregon State (1)—Nick Sherwood
St. John’s (1)—Keegan Bradley
San Diego State (1)—Scott Piercy
Scottsdale Comm. College (1)—Robert Garrigus
SMU (1)—Colt Knost
South Carolina (1)—Kyle Thompson
Texas A&M (1)—Shane Bertsch
UAB (1)—Graeme McDowell
UNCC (1)—Jeff Curl
Virginia (1)—Steve Marino
Youngstown State (1)—Dennis Miller
Note: Players who went to two schools count towards last school they attended.

Players who have Made Cut at US Open Last Three Years
Former Clemson golfer Lucas Glover is one of 10 golfers who have made the cut at the US Open each of the last three years. he is one of just four Americans, as he joins Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker with that distinction.

Player 2009 2010 2011
Sergio Garcia 10 22 7
Lucas Glover 1 58 42
Retief Goosen 16 58 23
Peter Hansen 18 16 7
Dustin Johnson 40 8 23
Graeme McDowell 18 1 14
Phil Mickelson 2 4 54
#Henrik Stenson 9 29 23
Steve Stricker 23 58 19
Lee Westwood 23 16 3
# not in field at 2012 U S Open.

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