by Ken Klavon USGA
Today is one of the longest days of any championship/tournament. Cut day. It gets a bit exciting near the end because one putt could affect so many. Last year at Oakmont Angel Cabrera made a putt on the 18th hole that eliminated close to a dozen players, namely because of the 10-shot rule.
I feel as though I've been derelict in my duties answering some questions. Someone asked how alternates get into the field. To give you the short answer, it's a complicated system that relies on strength of qualifying field and how spots were allocated.
For instance, if any player who had been exempt for the Open withdrew, the formula would be utilized. However, if someone from sectional qualifying pulled out, they would go to the place he qualified and select the first alternate. The only caveat is that the alternate would have to be on the premises or be nearby. I'm talking about being here on Wednesday or ready to go Thursday. If that player wasn't here, then they'd go the allocation formula.
Again, to explain how that process works is like talking brain surgery. Just know it's based, again, on strength of qualifying field and number of allocated spots.