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The U.S. Open has done so much study on this,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said. “We’ve gone back on a five-year basis to see if the (2012) rules were in place the last five years, the net results and what it gets us. We do not want to cross the line of more than 50 percent being exempt for the U.S. Open. If we’ve done our homework properly, half will be exempt.”

Davis said the results showed an addition of between zero to five players.

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DIVOTS: In the 12 days since Kevin Na took a 16 on the ninth hole of the Texas Open, the video on YouTube has 741,297 views. … Ryan Moore has signed up to play the World Match Play Championship in Spain, to be held a week after The Players Championship. The criteria provided for the highest-ranked player available from the Americas. Moore is No. 40 in the world. … Alex Carpenter of Abilene Christian, who won the Southern Amateur last year, is the only U.S. player on the Palmer Cup team who does not attend a Division I school. The Palmer Cup, which matches college players from the United States against Europe, will be June 9-12 at The Stanwich Club in Connecticut.

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STAT OF THE WEEK: Of the top 10 players on the PGA Tour money list, Matt Kuchar is the only player to have not won this year.

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FINAL WORD: “You can call a lot of places these days bombers’ courses.” _ Jerry Kelly.