ROCKVILLE - PGA Tour veteran J.P. Hayes shot 62-67-129 to earn the medal in U.S. Open sectional qualifying at Woodmont Country Club yesterday.
An early-evening thunderstorm forced a suspension of play with nine players left on the course. With 156 players vying for 22 available places, 16 recorded scores of 134 and below, with at least nine at 135 scheduled to return this morning at 8:30 for a playoff.
Hayes, 39 and a 16-year pro, made it into his third straight Open after first shooting his bogey-free, 8-under-par 62 on the South Course. In the afternoon, he had six birdies and a bogey for his 67 on the North Course.
Tommy Armour III and amateur David Denham were at 131, followed by Washington native Olin Browne at 132.
Non-qualifiers included 1992 U.S. Open champion Tom Kite, 73-67-140, and Mark O'Meara, 1998 Masters winner, 70-72-142.
At the Chevy Chase Club, where 16 vied for one spot, Paul Claxson got it with 66-66-132. Middle Atlantic PGA member Dennis Winters, from Lighthouse Sound in suburban Ocean City, became the alternate, 66-70-136.
At Woodmont CC (156 for 22): Qualifiers: J.P. Hayes 62-67-129; Tommy Armour III 68-63-131; a-David Denham 64-67-131; Olin Browne 73-59-132; Rob Rashell 65-68--133; Omar Uresti 64-69-133; Brandt Snedaker 66-67-133; Craig Barlow 67-66-133; Rocco Mediate 65-68-133; Clint Jensen 69-64-133; James Driscoll 66-67-133; Ryuji Imada 66-68-134; Steve Elkington 67-67-134; D.J. Brigman 68-66-134; David Oh 67-67-134; John Mallinger 67-67-134. Nine for remaining six places: Paul Goydos 66-69-135; a-Pablo Martin 68-67-135; a-Michael Putnam 69-66-135; David Kirkpatrick 69-66-135; David Hearn 68-67-135; a-Matthew Every 69-66-135; Taggart Ridings 69-66-135; Ian Leggatt 67-68-135; Franklin Langham 68-67-135. a-denotes amateur At Chevy Chase Club (16 for 1): Qualifier:- Paul Claxson 66-66-132. Alternate: Dennis Winters 66-70-136.