CLARKSBURG - Michael Muehr, from Great Falls, Va., shot a 5-under-par 67 in the final qualifying event at Little Bennett Golf Course yesterday to lead four players into this week's Kemper Open at TPC-Avenel.
He was joined by Ted Haley, Charlotte, N.C., and George McNeill, Fort Myers, Fla., who had 69's, and Stephen Gangluff, Marysville, Ohio, who survived a three-way playoff for the final spot after shooting 70.
Muehr, 28, made it for the fourth straight year (he made one cut) in a season where he has his game "better than it's ever been."No. 22 in earnings on the Buy.Com tour, he eagled the fifth hole from 15 feet, turned four under par, and added two birdies on the back nine before bogeying the 18th after driving into the rough.
Haley, 24, was four under par through 14 holes, slipped back with two three-putts, then birdied No. 8 (his 17th) from 15 feet, "knowing I needed it."
Qualifiers: Michael Muehr, Falls Church, Va., 32-35-67; Ted Haley, Charlotte, N.C., 35-34-69; George McNeill, Fort Myers, Fl., 32-37-69; Stephen Gangluff, Marysville, Ohio, 35-35-70 (first extra hole). Alternate: Cliff Kresge, Apopka, Fl. 33-37-70. Lost in playoff: Harvey Haddock, Burke, Va., 31-39-70.
Other selected scores: Eric Egloff, Rockville, 71; Curley Bishop, New Market, 71; Joey Chuasiriporn, Timonium, 72; George Bradford, Baltimore, 73; Keith Unikel, Potomac, 73; Bob Dolan, Poolesville, 73; Miguel Rivera, Bel Air, 74; Tony Bostic, Mt. Airy, 74.