Bill Dwyre

U.S. Open qualifying day's rigorous test

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"Two O.B.'s, two shots in the water," Riley said. "That's 81 and out."

Riley has spent much of the last decade on the tour. He won the 2002 Reno-Tahoe Open, had varied success all the way through 2011 and has made more than $11 million on the tour.

He is best remembered as the player who was characterized as saying he was too tired to play an afternoon round in the 2004 Ryder Cup with his partner, Tiger Woods. The U.S. lost that Ryder Cup and Riley, the apparent victim of a misunderstanding, was thrown under the bus in the unhappy aftermath by captain Hal Sutton.

He laughs at that now and says he is happy, has two small children and took a shot at the qualifying because "I could drive up the coast from home."

Young pros Steven Alker of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Roger Tambellini of Scottsdale, Ariz., grabbed the two spots right below Kim with six-under scores.

That left a three-way playoff for the other two, and that was settled on the second playoff hole when Jesse Schutte of La Quinta hit his second shot into the water, opening the final two spots to amateurs Cory McElyea of Santa Cruz

and recent NCAA champion Max Homa of the University of California and Valencia.

Each was overjoyed. So was the USGA to have them.

New meat.

bill.dwyre@latimes.com

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