Willie Wood, the smallest player on the PGA Tour at 5 feet 7 and 135 pounds, and brothers Lanny and Bobby Wadkins each shot a three-under-par 69 to share low pro honors in the Kemper Open Pro-Am yesterday at Congressional Country Club.
Each won $1,041.
Lanny Wadkins, runner-up in last week's Memorial tournament in Ohio and winner of 14 PGA Tour events, is playing Congressional for the first time in five years.
"It's a very demanding, long course. I'm not physically strong enough to play from the rough," said Lanny Wadkins, known for straight driving and bold play.
Next at 70 were Mike Reid, Dan Pohl, Gary Hallberg, Charlie Coody and Doug Tewell.
Hale Irwin, winner of last week's Memorial, shot 73. The two-time U.S. Open winner was three under par after 13 holes but bogeyed 14 and 16. He then double-bogeyed 18 after hooking his second shot into a lake beside the green.
Teams headed by pros Greg Norman, Mike Sullivan and George Archer tied for the team prize at net 56.
Joining defending Kemper champion Norman were amateurs Dan Burton, Todd Lankford, Craig Harrison and Hal Bonawitz. Sullivan's partners were Ed Burke, Dick Dahlberg, Jim Harford and Herb Lanese. Archer's partners were Nick Alberti, Kent Feddeman, Jerry Maatman and Steve Fine.
Jim Thorpe, who withdrew Tuesday, was replaced yesterday by Tony DeLuca of Vienna.
Roger Maltbie withdrew yesterday. He was replaced by former Metro Schoolboy champion Wayne DeFrancesco of McLean.
The PGA Tour's leading money winner, Curtis Strange, did not play in the pro-am due to the death of a relative. Strange is expected to play in today's first round.
John Yancy of Greensboro, N.C (67); Gilles Gagnon of Miami (67); Jon Chaffee of Austin, Tex. (68), and Jim Booros of Allentown, Pa. (69) completed the Kemper field of 156 by winning four spots in qualifying that concluded yesterday at Lakewood Country Club. Rain had postponed the finish from Tuesday. Paul Ryan of Bethesda's Kenwood was the only area player with a chance, but he lost out on the third hole of a playoff to Booros. Bottari Advances Associated Press