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Miguel Angel Jimenez given exemption for U.S. Open

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Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez has earned his place in next month's U.S. Open after the US Golf Association announced the 25 additional golfers to earn an exemption into the competition. 

Jimenez, 50, finished runner-up in the event 14 years ago at Pebble Beach and after the mercurial Spaniard extended his own record of the oldest winner on the European circuit earlier this month with victory at the Spanish Open, he has fought his way into a starting spot at Pinehurst No.2. 

Since turning 40, the cigar-loving Malaga-born golfer has won 14 events in Europe - a staggering 66% of his overall wins since turning pro in 1982. He is not doing well just this side of the pond, however, proven by his sturdy 4th-place finish at the season's opening major at Augusta National in April - his best ever Masters' finish.  

And despite being old enough to already feature on the Senior Tour, Jimenez is still inside the world's top 30 at number 27 and continues to show age is just a number for any professional golfer with his recent displays. 

With Tiger Woods likely to miss the second major of the year through the back injury he picked up earlier in the year at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral, the USGA needs as many popular characters in the game in attendance as possible and Jimenez is certainly one of them. 

It is also good news for Europe's Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley who recently expressed his wish for the Gleneagles team to be a mixture of experience and youth, while the 50-year-old Spaniard has openly admitted that being on the plane to Scotland this autumn would be a dream come true. 

An impressive performance in North Carolina next month may well go some way in securing that spot for the man known as The Mechanic. 

It was not just good news for Jimenez, though, as a whole host of other European players earned their ticket to Pinehurst through their current world ranking.

Here is the list in full:

Thomas Bjorn (DEN)

Jonas Blixt (SWE)

Jamie Donaldson (WAL)

Victor Dubuisson (FRA)

Harris English (USA)

Matthew Every (USA)

Stephen Gallacher (SCO)

Russell Henley (USA)

Thongchai Jaidee (THA)

Matt Jones (AUS)

Chris Kirk (USA)

Pablo Larrazabal (SPA)

Joost Luiten (NED)

Francesco Molinari (ITA)

Ryan Moore (USA)

Ryan Palmer (USA) 

Ian Poulter (ENG)

Patrick Reed (USA)

John Senden (AUS)

Kevin Stadler (USA)

Richard Sterne (RSA)

Brendon Todd (USA)

Jimmy Walker (USA)

Lee Westwood (ENG)

The U.S. Open gets underway at Pinehurst No.2, North Carolina, June 12-15

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