Shell Houston Still Wide Open
Three years later, Janzen is still trying to reclaim a spot in the winners circle. To do it at this weeks Shell Houston Open, hell have to turn the tables on Durant.
Durant leads Janzen by one shot entering the final round at the TPC at The Woodlands.
Durant birdied the 16th and 17th holes to finish the day at 9-under-par. Janzen was 9-under, but bogeyed the home hole to drop a shot.
'One of the big keys for me was I watched the leaderboard and most of us were hanging around par,' said Durant. 'I decided to try and hang around par and sneak in a birdie or two.'
Hal Sutton rolled in a fairway wood from just off the green for eagle on the par-5 15th to move into contention. Sutton also carded one birdie and two bogeys for a round of 1-under-par 71. He stands at 7-under for the tournament, two shots off the lead.
'I wish somebody would turn off the wind machine here in Houston,' said Sutton. 'It's been blowing ever since we got here. This course is tough when the wind is blowing. It's gusty, too. That makes it more difficult.'
Twenty-four players are within six shots of the 54-hole lead.
Janzen started the day with a one-shot advantage over Durant, but could only muster one birdie in the third round.
In swirling Texas winds, the two-time U.S. Open winner followed a bogey at the 7th with a birdie at the 8th to remain at even par for the day entering the par-4 18th.
After driving his ball into the fairway, Janzen overcooked his approach shot into the left greenside rough. His pitch shot then rolled through the green and narrowly avoided rolling down the bank into the water.
Trying to save par, Janzens fourth shot stopped on the edge of the hole. He tapped in for a bogey and a round of 1-over-par 73.
I hit a lot of good shots today, maybe the shot on 18 and a couple of shots that I'd like to have back,' Janzen said. 'It was just a matter of I really didn't get the putts to drop that I made the first two days.'
Through nine holes, Durant trailed Janzen by three strokes. A birdie at the 10th closed the gap. He then pulled to within one by sinking a 15-foot birdie putt at the 16th. On the par-4 17th, Durant, one of the most accurate players on tour, stuck a 7-iron to two feet. The tap-in birdie moved him into a tie at the top at 9-under.
While Janzen bogeyed the 18th despite playing from the fairway, Durant played his approach shot from the rough safely onto the green, where he two-putted for par and a 1-under-par 71.
Durant is trying to join Tiger Woods as the only three-time winners on tour this season. He captured the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and the Genuity Championship in back-to-back starts.
But just as importantly, Durant is trying to clinch a spot on the 2001 U.S. Ryder Cup team. He currently stands in ninth place.
Chris DiMarco (71) and Kevin Sutherland (72) are tied for fourth at 6-under.
DiMarco was within one shot of the lead through 16 holes, but hit his approach shot into the water on the par-4 17th. He carded a double bogey and fell to minus 6.
If Janzen is to win his first event since the 98 Open, hell have to overcome recent final-round struggles.
Janzen has failed to break 70 on Sunday in each of his last six starts.
Meanwhile, Durant recorded a pair of final-round 65s in each of his two victories.
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