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36 golfers are playing for the first time

2024 Memorial Tournament

There are 156 golfers in the field for the 2024 U.S. Open but for 36 of them, this will be their first crack at playing in the national championship.

The list includes the No. 6-ranked player in the world (Ludvig Aberg), the 2023 DP World Tour Championship winner (Nicolai Hojgaard), the 2024 NCAA individual champion (Hiroshi Tai), a 37-year-old mini-tour grinder (John Chin) as well as 12 amateurs.

Pinehurst will provide a stern test for everyone but there will likely be added pressure for those on this list playing in their first Open.

This year’s tournament has a record purse and a record first-place prize at stake. Check out the list of some of those (minus the ams) aiming for that pile of cash.

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Ludvig Aberg plays his shot from the fifth tee during the first round of the 2024 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. (Photo: Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch)

2024 Soudal Open

Sam Bairstow tees off on the eighth hole during the final round of the 2024 Soudal Open at Rinkven International GC. (Photo: Chris Ricco/Getty Images)

2023 U.S. Amateur

Parker Bell watches his second shot on hole two during the quarterfinals of the 2023 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills C.C. in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. (Photo: Kathryn Riley/USGA)

2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Otto Black watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during quarterfinal round of match play of the 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Winged Foot Golf Club.

2023 U.S. Amateur

Jackson Buchanan watches his tee shot on hole five during the round of 32 of the 2023 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills C.C. in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. (Photo: Chris Keane/USGA)

Luke Clanton

Luke Clanton prepares for a putt on the 11th hole during the final round of the 2022 Terra Cotta Invitational at Naples National Golf Club.

2024 Masters

Santiago De la Fuente practices chipping onto the no. 2 green during a practice round for the 2024 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (Photo: Katie Goodale-USA TODAY Network)

2021 abrdn Scottish Open

Grant Forrest tees off on the…


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