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Haases Will Make U.S. Open a Family Gathering

June 05, 2003|From Associated Press

ROCKVILLE, Md. — The U.S. Open will include a father-son duo for the first time in six years as Bill Haas shared medalist honors at the final qualifying site Wednesday to join his dad, Jay, next week at Olympia Fields.

It was a soggy end to U.S. Open qualifying, which featured several PGA Tour players who had to endure water-logged fairways at Woodmont Country Club and a 36-hole test that required two days.

Haas finished at nine-under 133 to share the top spot with Rod Pampling and Hidemichi Tanaka.

The last father-son combination in the U.S. Open was Jack and Gary Nicklaus in 1997 at Congressional.

Others who qualified at Woodmont, where 156 players competed for 34 spots, were Joey Sindelar, Olin Browne, Joe Durant and former Masters champion Larry Mize. Among those who failed to qualify were former PGA champion Steve Elkington and Jean Van de Velde.

Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton opened with a 71 but withdrew with seven holes to play, citing the wet conditions.

"The golf course was unplayable," Sutton said.

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