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Entry deadline for U.S. Open is today

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If you've ever imagined yourself standing on the tee box at Pinehurst No. 2, preparing to hit your drive in the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open, today's the final day to make that dream come true.

The U.S. Open is exactly what the name implies -- a tournament open to PGA professionals and amateur players with a minimum handicap who can qualify through local and sectional play.

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The deadline for entry is today, April 23.

In order to make it to Pinehurst, you have to have an index of 1.4 or less, pay a $150 entry fee and then make it through two rounds of qualifying. Local qualifying -- 18 holes of stroke play -- begins May 2 and runs through May 19 at courses throughout the United States. A total of 525 qualifiers will then move on to sectional qualifying, a 36-hole event.

On May 26, sectionals will be held at Walton Heath in Surrey, England, and Nara International in Japan.

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United States sectionals are scheduled for June 2 at 10 courses around the country. Those include Lake Merced in Daly City, Calif.; Quail Valley in Vero Beach, Fla.; Settingdown Creek in Roswell, Ga.; Woodmont in Rockville, Md.; Old Oaks in Purchase, N.Y.; Brookside in Columbus, Ohio; Springfield in Springfield, Ohio; Emerald Valley in Creswell, Ore.; Colonial in Memphis, Tenn.; and Lakeside in Houston, Texas.

The number of qualifiers' places in each location will be determined by theUSGA after entries close, based on size and playing quality of the field.A tie for the last qualifier's place, or an alternate's place will be decided immediately by a hole-by-hole play-off.

The sectional qualifiers will join already exempt players in the field of 156 at Pinehurst No. 2, starting Thursday, June 12.

The online application form can be found here.

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