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Craig Stadler qualifies for US Open

Craig Stadler qualified today for his first U.S. Open since 1994, while former PGA champion Bob Tway and two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw failed to make it to Pebble Beach for the second time.

Stadler was among 20 players who advanced from the last sectional qualifier that finalized the 156-man field for the 100th U.S. Open, which starts next week.

Mike Burke Jr., one of only 21 players to finish the 36 holes before rain suspended play Tuesday at Canoe Brook Country Club, was the medalist at 5-under-par 139 (72-67).

Among other PGA Tour players who qualified were Tucson Open winner Jim Carter, Craig Parry, Rocco Mediate, and Frank Lickliter.

"The courses are in great shape, and the greens are some of the best I have played. The play was a lot easier this morning with the nice weather, and I was able to play pretty well," said Parry, who had a 4-under 68 in his second round to finish one stroke behind Burke.

Stadler will be going to Pebble Beach without his son, Kevin, who failed to qualify. The Ozaki brothers -- Jumbo and Joe -- also failed to qualify, along with Chip Beck and Fuzzy Zoeller.

It was only the second time since his rookie year in 1976 that Zoeller, the 1984 champion after beating Greg Norman in a playoff at Winged Foot, failed to qualify for the U.S. Open.

Crenshaw last month described Pebble Beach as a "very rare animal ... everything your eye can take in." He tied for 19th in the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, but did not play in 1992 -- and won't be playing this year.

Ditto for Tway. Since 1986, the year he won four times including the PGA Championship, Tway has missed only two U.S. Opens, both at Pebble Beach.

 

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