Roberts, who won the Byron Nelson Classic in May, will now join 760 others vying for the final 85 spots at 13 sectional qualifiers across the country on June 7 and 8. Ian Woosnam, who has a run of 43 straight starts in the majors, is also entered, but he's still hoping for a special exemption.
Olin Browne should give him hope, at least. Browne won the Colonial on May 23 and came so close to exemption s-12 (winners of at least two Tour events from April 22, 1998, through April 28, 1999) that those old softies at the USGA let him in anyway.
The biggest surprise of the Open scramble, though, came courtesy of Carlos Franco, who at No. 14 on the U.S. money list needed a top three in the Kemper but didn't show up for his tee time. Two weeks earlier he'd withdrawn from the Nelson after a first-round 68. "We weren't entered [in the Kemper]," says Franco's caddie and manager, Kieran (Doc) Docherty. "There was a mix-up." What about the Nelson? "Allergies," says Docherty.
Franco was in Paraguay last week to be with his older brother Angel, who had survived the local qualifier in Tarpon Springs, Fla., on May 19. Both will play in the June 8 sectional in Memphis—an exercise Carlos could have avoided but for those scratches in his last two starts. "That's O.K.," Docherty says. "We'll just qualify. No problem."
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