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Lee McLeod Janzen (born August 28, 1964) is an American professional golfer who is best known for winning the U.S. Open twice in 1993 and 1998.

Lee Janzen
Lee Janzen.jpg
Janzen in 2008
Personal information
Full nameLee McLeod Janzen
Born (1964-08-28) August 28, 1964 (age 55)
Austin, Minnesota
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceOrlando, Florida
Career
CollegeFlorida Southern College
Turned professional1986
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins11
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour8
PGA Tour Champions1
Other2
Best results in major championships
(wins: 2)
Masters TournamentT12: 1995, 1996
PGA Championship4th: 1997
U.S. OpenWon: 1993, 1998
The Open ChampionshipT24: 1995, 1998

Early years and amateur careerEdit

Janzen was born in Austin, Minnesota, and spent most of his childhood in Baltimore, Maryland, where he played Little League baseball.[1] When Janzen was 12, his father's company transferred him to Florida and his parents started him in golf and tennis, and he continued playing baseball. Janzen liked golf best and started playing that sport exclusively. He won his first tournament at age 15 as a member of the Greater Tampa Junior Golf Association.[1]

Janzen chose to attend a small college – Florida Southern. In 1985 and 1986, Florida Southern won the Division II national team championship. Janzen was the individual medalist in 1986. He turned professional later that same year.

Professional careerEdit

In 1989, Janzen joined the PGA Tour.[2] He has won eight times on the PGA Tour, most notably the 1993 and 1998 U.S. Opens. In 1993, Janzen defeated Payne Stewart at Baltusrol in Springfield, New Jersey, en route to tying the 72-hole U.S. Open scoring record of 8-under-par. Five years later, he again beat out Stewart to win his second U.S. Open, this time at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. He overcame a five stroke deficit on Sunday, marking the best final-round comeback in a U.S. Open for 25 years since Johnny Miller's win in 1973.[3]

Janzen also notched a victory at The Players Championship in 1995. The Players is a premiere event on the PGA Tour and includes the largest purse of the season. He has been featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Janzen had several opportunities to win additional major golf championships. In 1996, he was in contention at both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship before finishing in the top-10 in both events. He finished fourth at the 1997 PGA Championship after sharing the 36-hole lead at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York.

Janzen also played on two American Ryder Cup teams, in 1993 and 1997.

Janzen has lived in various places in Central Florida since becoming a professional golfer. He is a Republican.[4]

Professional wins (11)Edit

PGA Tour wins (8)Edit

Legend
Major championships (2)
Players Championships (1)
Regular PGA Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Feb 16, 1992 Northern Telecom Open 71-67-67-65=270 −18 1 stroke   Bill Britton
2 Jan 31, 1993 Phoenix Open 67-65-73-68=273 −11 2 strokes   Andrew Magee
3 Jun 20, 1993 U.S. Open 67-67-69-69=272 −8 2 strokes   Payne Stewart
4 Jun 12, 1994 Buick Classic 69-69-64-66=268 −16 3 strokes   Ernie Els
5 Mar 26, 1995 The Players Championship 69-74-69-71=283 −5 1 stroke   Bernhard Langer
6 Jun 11, 1995 Kemper Open 68-69-68-67=272 −12 Playoff   Corey Pavin
7 Aug 20, 1995 Sprint International 10-9-6-9=34 34 pts 1 point   Ernie Els
8 Jun 21, 1998 U.S. Open (2) 73-66-73-68=280 E 1 stroke   Payne Stewart

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1995 Kemper Open   Corey Pavin Won with birdie on first extra hole

Champions Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Feb 15, 2015 ACE Group Classic −16 (68-65-67=200) Playoff   Bart Bryant

Champions Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2015 ACE Group Classic   Bart Bryant Won with par on first extra hole

Other wins (2)Edit

Major championshipsEdit

Wins (2)Edit

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1993 U.S. Open 1 shot lead −8 (67-67-69-69=272) 2 strokes   Payne Stewart
1998 U.S. Open (2) 5 shot deficit E (73-66-73-68=280) 1 stroke   Payne Stewart

Results timelineEdit

Tournament 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T54 T39 T30 T12 T12 T26 T33 T14
U.S. Open CUT CUT 1 CUT T13 T10 T52 1 T46
The Open Championship T39 T48 T35 T24 CUT CUT T24 70
PGA Championship T21 T22 T66 T23 T8 4 CUT CUT
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament CUT T31 CUT CUT
U.S. Open T37 CUT CUT T55 T24 T57 CUT T13 CUT
The Open Championship CUT T80 CUT
PGA Championship T19 CUT T53 T34 CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 3 12 9
U.S. Open 2 0 0 2 3 6 20 11
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 4 11 7
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 2 6 13 9
Totals 2 0 0 2 5 19 56 36
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (1994 Open Championship – 1996 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (five times)

The Players ChampionshipEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner-up
1995 The Players Championship 1 shot deficit −5 (69-74-69-71=283) 1 stroke   Bernhard Langer

Results timelineEdit

Tournament 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
The Players Championship CUT CUT T34 T35 1 T46 T37 T13 CUT T9 T18 CUT 68 CUT T68 CUT
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

U. S. national team appearancesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "PGA Tour Media Guide – Lee Janzen". PGA Tour. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "Lee Janzen bio". 4U management. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
  3. ^ "U.S. Open History – Records". USGA. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  4. ^ http://thehill.com/capital-living/in-the-know/167465-bearing-gifts-republican-golfers-meet-with-obama-

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