Estes earns a U.S. Open bid

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Bob Estes has earned another trip to Pebble Beach by claiming one of the two final spots in a rain-delayed qualifier for the U.S. Open.

Estes had rounds of 69-67 at The Club at Carlton Woods and joined Robert Gates in getting the final two spots among 13 sectional qualifiers throughout the country. It did not end until Tuesday because of storms.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo withdrew from the qualifier Monday when it became clear he would not make it.

This will be the third U.S. Open that Estes plays at Pebble Beach. He tied for 44th in 1992 the year Tom Kite won, and missed the cut in 2000 during Tiger Woods’ record-setting victory.