Norman Makes Field for Bethpage


Greg Norman, a two-time U.S. Open runner-up who hasn't made a cut in the event since tying for 10th in 1996, grabbed a spot in the field for next week's U.S. Open at Bethpage State Park.
The charismatic Australian shot 68-71 on Tuesday for a 5-under-par total of 139 to join John Huston and amateur Kevin Warrick as the sectional qualifiers from Old Memorial Golf Club in Tampa, Fla.
Norman captured a pair of British Open titles but fell short in the other majors despite putting himself in position to win on a number of occasions. Although he may be best remembered for his final-round collapse at the 1996 Masters, Norman also suffered heartbreaking losses in past U.S. Opens.
In 1984, Norman lost to Fuzzy Zoeller in a 18-hole playoff at Winged Foot, with Zoeller shooting a 67 in the extra round to Norman's 75. Two years later at Shinnecock Hills, Norman took the lead into the final round but closed with a 75 to tie for 12th. He was also a 54-hole leader at Shinnecock Hills in 1995 but carded 73 on Sunday to finish second.
Norman missed the U.S. Open cut in 1997, 1999 and 2000 and didn't qualify for the championship in 1998 and 2001.
See who earned a spot through Sectional Qualifying
Jean Van de Velde, who surrendered a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole of the 1999 British Open then lost to Paul Lawrie in a four-hole playoff, was among 22 players who qualified in Purchase, N.Y.
The Frenchman finished two shots back of Tom Byrum, who at five-under 138 was the medalist in Purchase. Others who made it through the 36-hole qualifier in New York were Jeff Maggert, Jay Haas, Paul Stankowski, Craig Stadler, Bob Tway, David Frost, Scott Dunlap and K.J. Choi, whose victory at last month's Compaq Classic made him the first South Korean to win on the PGA Tour.
Wayne Grady, Harrison Frazar and Per-Ulrik Johansson needed extra holes to earn their spots in New York, where the qualifying shifted between Brae Burn and Century Country Clubs.
Two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange, 1995 PGA Championship winner Steve Elkington and 2000 U.S. Amateur runner-up James Driscoll failed to qualify in Purchase.
A 12-man playoff for one spot took place Tuesday morning at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., with Michael Muehr emerging as the qualifier. David Peoples and 1998 U.S. Amateur champion Hank Kuehne earned alternate status while such notables as Duffy Waldorf, Dennis Paulson, Cameron Beckman and Bob May failed to qualify.
May is remembered for giving Tiger Woods all he could handle at the 2000 PGA Championship before losing to the superstar in a playoff.
Trevor Dodds, who has posted victories on the PGA, Buy.Com and Canadian Tours, qualified alongside Bill Lunde and Canadian Tour winner Mario Tiziani at Boone Valley Golf Club in St. Louis. Jeff Julian, who is suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, opened with a 78 then withdrew after nine holes of the second round.
Charles Raulerson, Jr., was the lone player to advance from Westmoreland Country Club in Export, Pa. Jimmy Walker and Andy Sanders were the two qualifiers from Shadow Hawk Club in Houston, while European Tour winner Thomas Levet was one of three who moved on from Ansley Golf Club in Atlanta.
Heavy rains forced the suspension of sectional qualifying at Biltmore Country Club in North Barrington, Ill., for a second day. The first round is scheduled to resume at 9:30 AM ET with the second round set to begin at 10:00 AM.
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