Most players' gloom a match for weather

Notebook

Count Funk, Hammond among frustrated

ace highlights Crenshaw day

Kemper Insurance Open

May 28, 2001|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

POTOMAC - Fred Funk called it an unbelievably long day, When asked whether it had been frustrating, Donnie Hammond laughed and said, "You might say that."

And that was the likely consensus of the others in the field of 65 who tried to get in 36 holes of golf on the final scheduled day of the Kemper Insurance Open at TPC-Avenel.

Their efforts were thwarted by three weather-related interruptions.

The final one, early last evening, resulted in a suspension of play, and all but six players who finished their rounds will return this morning to complete the program.

The public is invited to attend and no tickets will be required. The public parking lots will be open, and there will be continual shuttle service to and from the clubhouse.

This is the fourth PGA Tour event of the year to go to a Monday windup. It's a first in Kemper history and the first such occurrence for a tour event in this area since the 1976 PGA Championship, won by Dave Stockton across the street at Congressional Country Club.

Funk, who has made the cut in all but one of 15 starts this season, said he got the start he needed with a birdie at No. 10, but he went on to finish with a par-71 and a 54-hole total of 2-under 211.

He duplicated the start in the afternoon with a birdie on No. 10, then improved with an eagle-3 at the 524-yard 13th, where he hit a driver and 4-wood before rolling in a 30-foot putt. He turned in 33, and stood at 5-under for the tournament through 14 holes.

"I'm hitting it really good," he said. "I'm just not making much of anything."

For the year, he has won $534,000 and is No. 45 on the money list.

"Not much happened," Hammond said of his morning 73 and an afternoon round that saw him play even for 17 holes. He was on the 18th green when play was suspended, so he will come back this morning to putt out.

"Then, I'm going home for two weeks and will try to qualify for the U.S. Open next week."

Scott Hoch, one of the finishers, made a brief rally in the middle of each nine, but wound up with 70-274, 10 under par. With today's check, Hoch is assured of supplanting Bill Glasson as the all-time Kemper money leader with a total of more than $650,000.

One-shot Crenshaw

Ben Crenshaw recorded the second hole-in-one of the week when he used a 4-iron on the 193-yard No. 3 during the fourth round. Aaron Badeley aced the same hole during the second round.

Crenshaw's ace is the 12th on tour this year and the 15th in Kemper history.

In making his first cut in nine starts this year, Crenshaw shot 70-70, then had 74 yesterday before the ace helped him get to 1-under for the round - even for the tourney with three holes left.

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