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Janzen Leads as Play Suspended at International

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Rested and focused, Lee Janzen scored 17 points Thursday to hold sole possession of the lead as darkness suspended play in the first round of The International.

Lightning and rain forced a 2-hour, 54-minute delay beginning at 1:56 p.m. MDT at the Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock, CO. Its the 11th straight year that lightning has interrupted play.
 
Play was officially called for the day as the light ran out and is scheduled to resume at 7:00 a.m. with 42 players to complete their rounds.
 
Chris Riley (65) is in second place with 16 points. Rory Sabbatini (66) currently resides in third place with 14 points.
 
1993 and 97 champion Phil Mickelson (68) has 11 points, as does 1999 runner-up David Duval (68).
 
Click here for the modified Stableford scoring system
 
Janzen, the 1995 winner of this event, is making his first start in nearly a month.
 
I took three weeks off, saw the doctor and had a physical and everything, Janzen said. Energy-wise, I just needed to lie off the things I was eating and detox for a while, and Ive increased my energy quite a bit and feel a lot better.
 
Ive eliminated sugar and dairy and bread and anything that has yeast in it for my diet.
 
However, theres one primary drawback.
 
I was devastated when somebody told me I could not have any ice cream. I was looking forward to having a milkshake here, said Janzen of the snacks that have helped make this stop a tour favorite.
 
Tournament officials employed lift, clean and place in anticipation of inclement weather on Thursday. And armed with increased wellness, Janzen easily handled the 7,559-yard elevated course.
 
With a birdie worth two points in the modified Stableford scoring system, Janzen made the turn in 4-under-par 32. Four birdies equaled eight points.
 
Another birdie at the par-5 14th moved Janzen to +10. He then eagled (5 points) the par-5 17th and birdied the par-4 18th to pick up seven points over his final two holes.
 
I feel very fortunate to get 17 points, as somewhat unexpected, Janzen said. Not that I wasnt trying to make the points out there, but I havent really played particularly well in a while, and I was just hoping to get back in some sort of rhythm and get off to a decent start. I would have taken probably six to eight points today and been happy.
 
Janzen is still in search of his first victory since the 1998 U.S. Open. He has missed the cut in his last four starts; however, his biggest disappointment of the season came in the Shell Houston Open.
 
Janzen opened in 67-68 to take the 36-hole lead, only to shoot back-to-back 73s and tie for second.
 
One cut will be made to reduce the field to the low 72 scores and ties after two rounds. A second cut will be made after the third round, reducing the field to the low 36 players and ties. Points carry over from round to round.
 
Full-field scores from The International