Janzen in 2008
|Full name||Lee McLeod Janzen|
August 28, 1964 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)|
|College||Florida Southern College|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour Champions||1|
|Best results in major championships
|Masters Tournament||T12: 1995, 1996|
|U.S. Open||Won: 1993, 1998|
|The Open Championship||T24: 1995, 1998|
|PGA Championship||4th: 1997|
Early years and amateur career
Janzen was born in Austin, Minnesota, and spent most of his childhood in Baltimore, Maryland, where he played Little League baseball. 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.
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.
In 1989, Janzen joined the PGA Tour. 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.
Janzen also notched a victory at The Players Championship in 1995. The Players is a premiere event on the PGA Tour, unofficially known as the "fifth major," 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.
Professional wins (11)
PGA Tour wins (8)
|Major championships (2)|
|Players Championships (1)|
|Regular PGA Tour (5)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|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)
|1||1995||Kemper Open||Corey Pavin||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
Champions Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Feb 15, 2015||ACE Group Classic||−16 (68-65-67=200)||Playoff||Bart Bryant|
Champions Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||2015||ACE Group Classic||Bart Bryant||Won with par on first extra hole|
Other wins (2)
|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|
|The Open Championship|
|The Open Championship||T39||T48||T35||T24||CUT||CUT||T24||70|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T80||CUT|
|The Open Championship|
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||0||4||11||7|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (1994 Open Championship – 1996 U.S. Open)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (five times)
U. S. national team appearances
- Ryder Cup: 1993 (winners), 1997
- Dunhill Cup: 1995
- Presidents Cup: 1998
- Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (representing PGA Tour): 1993, 1995, 1999
- "PGA Tour Media Guide – Lee Janzen". PGA Tour. Retrieved November 8, 2013.
- "Lee Janzen bio". 4U management. Retrieved April 19, 2015.
- Lee Janzen at the PGA Tour official site
- Lee Janzen at the Official World Golf Ranking official site
- Profile at the Florida Southern College Athletics Hall of Fame