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Watson, Irwin and Kite Receive US Open Exemptions - 2003-04-23

Three U.S. golf legends have received special exemptions to compete at the U.S. Open in June.

The U.S. Golf Associations granted exemptions to Tom Watson, Hale Irwin and Tom Kite to play in the U.S. Open, which will be held at Olympia Fields in Illinois.

Watson, who won the major in 1982, will be playing in his 30th U.S. Open. Kite won the U.S. Open in 1992, while Irwin captured the event three times, the last in 1990.

All three currently compete on the U.S. Champions Tour for golfers age 50-and-older.