Canadians Weir, Yip added to U..S. Open field

Mike Weir watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the Memorial Tournament...

Mike Weir watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, June 1, 2013. (REUTERS file photo)

JON MCCARTHY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:06 PM ET

The U.S. Open got a little more Canadian Monday.

Mike Weir and Ryan Yip were added to this week's field when the USGA announced which alternates would be teeing it up in the season's second major at Merion Golf Club, just outside Philadelphia.

Six spots were put aside for players in the top 60 in the world rankings as of Sunday night. Only Kyle Stanley earned one of those spots, leaving room for five alternates from U.S. Open sectional qualifying.

The five new players added to this week's field are Weir, Yip, Ryan Palmer, Harold Varner III and Rikard Karlberg.

Weir is Canada's only major champion and Yip made it to the quarterfinals of the 2005 U.S. Amateur Championship held at Merion.

There are five Canadians in the field for this week's 113th U.S. Open: David Hearn, Mackenzie Hughes, Adam Hadwin, Weir and Yip.

Yip is in the first group off the tee at 6:45 a.m. Thursday. Weir has an 8:50 a.m. tee time with Hearn to start the tournament.


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