Janzen and Mediate shot a 60 Saturday in the better-ball segment to take a three-shot lead over the field. Their 125 total ' they shot 65 in the alternate-shot Friday ' gives them the advantage over the second-place team of Jeff Maggert and John Huston (128). Maggert and Huston had a one-shot lead over the Mediate-Janzen team after Friday, but the events of Round 2 when Maggert and Huston shot 64 accounts for the difference.
I gave my coaching an A-plus today, crowed Janzen. He and Mediate have been friends for a number of years, going back to the days when they were teammates at Florida Southern.
Mediate smiled broadly. I just take it and play, he said. I just do my job.
Lest anyone mistake jokes for reality, Janzen was quick to point out Mediates contribution: He played very well, said Lee. There were a couple of holes that I wasnt even in it, and Rocco came up with birdies.
Thats why were in the lead, said Mediate, because once one of the guys is out of it, the other guy picks it up and comes through.
We play percentages, said Janzen, and we were ahead in percentages today.
The duo didnt birdie the first while their playing partners, Huston and Maggert, did. That put Janzen and Mediate two off the pace, but Mediate unreeled birdies on the next three holes. He made putts of eight feet on No. 2, 25 feet on No. 3 and 10 feet on No. 4 to get a tie for the lead.
It was Janzens turn for three birdies in a row starting on No. 6. The Huston-Maggert team stayed step-for-step with them on 6 and 7, but when Janzen birdied the next, the par-3 eighth with a 10-foot putt, it put him and Mediate in the lead for good.
The leaders kept it going with Mediate countering on 9 and 10. Then Janzen provided his own exclamation point with a long-iron beauty on the 205-yard 12th that stopped just a foot away.
I just let him go about his business, Mediate said of his longtime buddy, and I go about mine.
Actually, on the green, he helps me a whole lot. Im not the best greens-reader. But I learned something about golf today that is pretty important ' if you hit em on the right line with the right speed, theyll go in.
The pair have played this format many times before, dating back to their first days at Florida Southern. They have confidence that one or the other will always be there, and Saturday they certainly didnt disappoint.
This week weve come through when the other was out of the hole about as well as you can, said Janzen.
The format today in the final round will be a team scramble, meaning a three-shot lead will be very difficult to surmount. But neither player is ready to claim the trophy just yet.
This is the best place to be, conceded Janzen, but we still have to play exceptional golf tomorrow (in the final round.)
If we can get every ball in play and then hit good second shots, well be OK, said Mediate. But you never know what can happen.