Six additional spots filled; full 156-golfer field set for US Open

The field of 156 golfers is set for the 115th United States Open golf championship at Chambers Bay.

The final six spots were filled Monday as American Kevin Kisner, one of the hotter-playing golfers on the PGA Tour, and England’s Andy Sullivan, a two-time winner on the European Tour, gained entry on the top 60 world-ranking exemption.

Kisner, who did not play in last week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic, ended the week ranked 55th. He lost in a playoff at The Players Championship to Rickie Fowler.

Sullivan, who won the South Africa Open and Joburg Open this season, is No. 58.

That left four final spots in the field for U.S. Open sectional qualifying alternates. They were Americans Kevin Chappell, the former All-American from UCLA (Columbus, Ohio); Steve Marino, who is making his fifth U.S. Open start (Dallas, Texas); and Josh Persons, who has played nine Tour events this season (Rockville, Md.); and Scotland’s Jimmy Gunn, a former part-time carpenter who is playing in his first national open (Memphis, Tenn.).

Marino will tee off in the first group Thursday off the No. 1 tee at 7 a.m., followed by Persons at 7:11 a.m. (No. 10); Sullivan at 7:44 a.m. (No. 10); Chappell at 7:55 a.m. (No. 1); Kisner at 1:55 p.m. (No. 10); and Gunn in the final group at 3:12 p.m. (No. 10).