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Janzen earns first PGA win

Published Oct. 10, 2005

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.