A closer look at players in the U.S. Open with local connections, including Ryan Moore of Puyallup.

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Ryan Moore

Age: 32

Local connection: Grew up in Puyallup. He went to Cascade Christian High School, but it did not have a golf team so he played for Puyallup High School.

How he got into the Open: Was in the top 60 in the world rankings as of May 25.

Career highlights: He has won four times on the PGA Tour, including the CIMB Classic in Malaysia the past two years. He has been in the top 50 in the world most of the time the past five years and is currently ranked No. 33. He had one of the best amateur years in history in 2004, winning the NCAA title, the U.S. Amateur Public Links, and the U.S. Amateur. He turned pro in 2005.

Did you know? Beat Andres Gonzales, a future UNLV teammate and also a PGA Tour player, in a playoff to win the 2001 state 4A high-school championship.

Troy Kelly

Age: 36

Local connection: Went to Central Kitsap High School in Silverdale and lettered two years at the University of Washington.

How he got into the Open: He finished tied for second in sectional qualifying in Cle Elum.

Career highlights: Was runner-up in the 1999 NCAA championship. Just missed getting his first PGA Tour win in 2012, losing to Ted Potter Jr. in a playoff at the Greenbrier Classic. Kelly played well down the stretch, but Potter played the final four holes in regulation in 4 under to force a playoff. Kelly played in the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, just missing the cut after following an opening-round 83 with a 67.

Did you know? Kelly, 6 feet 2, was an all-league basketball player for Central Kitsap High School.

Michael Putnam

Age: 32

Local connection: Born in Tacoma, he lives in University Place, just a mile and a half from Chambers Bay. Attended Pepperdine University.

How he got into the Open: He won sectional qualifying in Columbus, Ohio.

Career highlights: He has made the cut in 71 of 112 PGA Tour events, a high percentage by Tour standards. Kept his PGA Tour card for this season after finishing 88th last year in the Fed Ex Cup standings (top 125 automatically keep their Tour card). He has 15 top-25 finishes on the PGA Tour and two top 10s (both fourth-place finishes). Was named the Web.com player of the year in 2013 after winning twice and leading the money list.

Did you know? His brother Andrew is on the PGA Tour, and Joel, another brother, caddies for Michael.

Richard Lee

Age: 28

Local connection: He went to Newport High School in Bellevue and played two years for Washington after transferring from Bellevue College.

How he got into the Open: He finished tied for second in sectional qualifying in Cle Elum.

Career highlights: He played on the PGA Tour from 2012-14 and has had 14 top-25 finishes and five top 10s, with his best finish being fourth place (has not played in a Tour event in 2015 while recovering from thumb surgery). He won the 2010 NCAA regional at Gold Mountain’s Olympic Course in Bremerton as a senior at UW and had 13 top-10 finishes in his two years as a Husky.

Did you know? He has gone by Richard H. Lee on the PGA Tour as there is another Richard Lee (from Canada) who has played in Tour events.

Cheng-Tsung Pan

Age: 23

Local connection: Just finished four seasons at the University of Washington.

How he got into the Open: He won sectional qualifying in Cle Elum.

Career highlights: He won eight times as a Husky, setting a school record. He finished second in the NCAA championships earlier this month. At age 15, he was the youngest quarterfinalist in the U.S. Amateur since the legendary Bobby Jones in 1916. He has played in two U.S. Opens and one British Open. He was in contention early in the 2013 U.S. Open and finished tied for 45th.

Did you know? He came to the U.S. as a 15-year-old knowing no English at all and this spring he got a degree in communications from UW, becoming the first one in his family to get a college degree.