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ROCKVILLE -- Three recent collegiate standouts led the way, as U.S. Open sectional qualifying wrapped up a two-day stay at Woodmont Country Club. A heavy thunderstorm early Monday evening had forced a suspension of play.

With two holes left, and needing to pick up one stroke to make a playoff, Lee Williams, a recent Auburn University graduate, avoided that by holing out a 111-yard shot on the 17th hole of the North Course for an eagle-2. The 2003 Walker Cup player parred the last hole for 67-67--134.

With 22 places available for the championship, June 16-19, at Pinehurst, N.C., the top 16 had been determined Monday ahead of the storm, including Olin Browne, who shot a 59 in his second round.

Williams made No. 17 with his 134 total. As a result, the playoff at 7-under 135 had nine players for five places. All-Americans picked up two of them.

Michael Putnam, individual runner-up from Pepperdine University in last week's NCAA Division I championships at Caves Valley Golf Club, birdied the first extra hole (Nos. 8 and 7 from the North Course were used) from 6 feet. It took four more holes to finish the business, with Matt Every, a rising senior at the University of Florida, outdueling PGA Tour veteran Paul Goydos with a 5-foot birdie putt on the fifth extra hole. He and Goydos had parred the first four.

Completing the field were Canadian Ian Leggatt, birdie-3 at the first playoff hole; and PGA Tour player Franklin Langham, 12-foot birdie putt, and David Hearn, 10-foot birdie putt, at the second extra hole.

Ahead of Goydos, the others failing to advance were Pablo Martin, another collegiate All-American who just completed his freshman year at Oklahoma State; tour player Tag Ridings, out at the second hole; and David Kirkpatrick, out at the third.

Booz Allen qualifier: Brad Adamonis led the field aiming for four available spots in this week's Booz Allen PGA Tour event at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. Adamonis had 67 at Little Bennett GC in Clarksburg. With four players at 69, William MacKenzie and Brendan Pappas won the playoff.

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