- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 1, 2002

It's going on two years ago, but Bob May still has people approach him to tell how much they enjoyed watching him trade shots with Tiger Woods at the 2000 PGA Championship, eventually bowing in a three-hole playoff despite setting the tournament scoring record at 18under.

Unfortunately for May, he couldn't replicate his brilliance in 2001, mostly because bulging discs in his back kept him out of play early and restricted him throughout the season.

May entered the Kemper Open having missed his last four cuts, but after a 4-under 67 yesterday, he was tied for sixth place at 7under. May faltered late, bogeying two of the final three holes, but still stands just three shots behind leader Greg Norman.

"I wasn't sure where I was at," said May, playing the Kemper for the first time since 1994. "The golf course was open for some pretty good scores today. Who knows what will happen this weekend?"

In the past two days, May's putter began to work for him after he had struggled recently.

"I haven't been real bad or real good, but that doesn't cut it out here," May said. "The caliber of game is just too good."

Elkington gets twin eagle

Steve Elkington estimated he and playing partners Notah Begay III and Carlos Franco had about 100 years combined of golf experience and never had they done what Elkington did yesterday make eagles on two consecutive holes.

Elkington putted to eagle the par-5 13th a hole that surrendered eight eagles for the day and hit a short pitch for a 2 on the par-4 14th.

"That will get you up the scoreboard quickly," Elkington said.

Unfortunately for the Australian, the two low holes didn't lead to a spectacular round; Elkington was even on the other 16holes and carded a 67, leaving him at 5under.

Martin makes a go of it

Things have quieted down for Casey Martin since his case against the PGA that went to the Supreme Court was headline news almost daily last May. Then the court decided the PGA must allow him to use a cart during play because he suffers from a degenerative circulatory disorder.

The Kemper Open is the only tournament to give Martin, who does not have a Tour card, an exemption this year. He finished his first PGA event at 5over after a 73 yesterday.

"I was glad I got the opportunity to be here again. [The tournament] has always been one of my favorites," Martin said.

Martin said he hits his share of good shots but had three or four terrible shots per round that leave him a couple strokes above par at the end of the day. He hasn't made a cut this year on the Buy.com tour, where he'll need to finish in the top15 to get back on the PGA Tour.

Gay healthy, contending

Fifteen days ago, Brian Gay had completed his second round with a 66 at the Colonial good for a fourth-place tie but wasn't feeling well at the end of the day. Thinking he just had a virus, he played through the weekend but struggled, shooting 78 on each of the final two days.

It turns out Gay had contracted pneumonia.

"I'm just trying to get back on my feet," Gay said. "Today, I felt better than I have the last two weeks. I've always played decent here."

Gay followed his first-round 66 with a 2-under 69 yesterday after bogeying two of the final three holes. At 7under, Gay is tied for sixth.

Area players take hit

Among players in the field who were born or live in the area, only David Hutsell (Towson, Md.) at 2under and Donnie Hammond (Frederick, Md.) at 1under made the cut after five area players shot par or better in the first round.

"We heard they were serving crab cakes in the clubhouse [today]," said Hutsell's caddie, Kris Olson. "That was the incentive to make the cut."

Mike Muehr, who had a 69 Thursday, and Wayne DeFrancecsco, who carded a 70, shot 75 and 74, respectively, to miss the cut. Muehr's putter betrayed him yesterday, when he said he "missed 10 putts inside of six feet."

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