Lee Janzen sneaked a peak at the leaderboard Sunday when he stood on the 16th green at the Tucson National Golf Club.
It showed him in a tie with Bill Britton for the lead in the Northern Telecom Open.
"I knew what I had to do," said Janzen, a 1986 Florida Southern graduate who is a member of Bloomingdale Golfers' Club in Brandon.
And he did it, confidently rapping in a 12-foot putt for the go-ahead birdie, then nursing the lead for the first victory of his three-season career.
"I was so focused on playing one shot at a time. I never really thought what was at stake," Janzen said after his bogey-free, 7-under-par 65 provided him with a one-stroke victory.
The 27-year-old Orlando resident, who spent a couple of years on the mini-tours before gaining his playing rights on the PGA Tour in 1990, won with a 270 total, 18 under par.
The victory was worth $198,000 from the purse of $1.1-million and increased his earnings to $235,578, more than he won in either of his first two full years.
But that was the last thing on Janzen's mind.
"One of the hardest things I had to learn when I came out was not to think about what a shot was worth," he said.
"I had to learn to disassociate the money from the shot. You can't think about the money. It will consume you."
Britton, a former University of Florida golfer, had completed his round of 66 and was watching from beside the green when Janzen came to the 18th needing a par to win.
Janzen's 3-iron approach was on the putting surface but far to the right, maybe 60 feet from the cup.
He ran a wide-breaking putt 5 feet short, then curled that right-to-left breaker into the cup for the winner.
"A beautiful putt," Britton said. "That green has the most severe slope out here. To make a putt on that green you have to make is quite an accomplishment."
Rookie David Toms had a 63 _ the best round of the event _ and was third at 272.