Janzen Stiles share first-round lead at Deere

By Associated PressJuly 9, 2009, 4:00 pm
2006 John Deere ClassicSILVIS, Ill. ' The stark reminder is right there on Lee Janzens cell phone, a grizzly picture that makes him wince and reminds him how far he has come.
 
Its his swing.
 
His old swing, actually, the one that made him a non-factor.
 
I think confidence is your most valuable club in your bag, Janzen said.
 
He just got a big boost.
 
Janzen stirred some memories with a 7-under 64 that left him tied with Darron Stiles for the lead after the first round of the John Deere Classic on Thursday.
 
Janzen has not won on the PGA Tour since he captured his second U.S. Open in 1998, yet hes in position after an impressive start at TPC Deere Run.
 
The 44-year-old was at 8 under after birdies on 16 and 17 but he had his first bogey on 18 when he hit into a bunker and missed an 8-foot par putt. He was off the course by the time Stiles made a 7-foot birdie putt on the same hole to forge the tie.
 
J.J. Henry, Matt Bettencourt and Dean Wilson were one stroke off the lead.
 
Last years winner Kenny Perry, who is second on the money list, opened with a 68, while U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover and Zach Johnson shot 69. It was not a good day for David Duval, who finished with a 75 and was in danger of missing the cut after a surprising three-way tie for second at the U.S. Open last month.
 
This time, Janzen was the veteran turning heads.
 
Itd be exciting; I would love to win, Janzen said. If it doesnt happen this week, I still think that Im capable of winning, and it wont stop me from continuing to work on my game to get better.
 
An eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, Janzen has two top-10 finishes the past three years. Hes spent much of that time trying to repair his swing with coach Mike Bender after leaving Butch Harmon.
 
Im still hitting right-handed, Janzen said.
 
Thats about the only similarity.
 
I never had a struggle or challenge like Ive gone through the last few years, Janzen said. So you know, garbage in, garbage out. Ive got to undo a lot of bad stuff over the last few years on top of rebuilding my swing.
 
The results have been slow to come.
 
One good sign for Janzen came in April at the Verizon Heritage in Hilton Head Island, when he opened with a 6-under 65 and finished in a tie for fourth. He got another boost on Thursday, when he made a late push to grab the lead.
 
He was 4 under through 12 when he birdied four of the next five holes. His 7-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th put him at 8 under before his mishaps on the final hole. That created an opportunity for Stiles, the Nationwide Tours career money leader, and he two-putted from 3 feet for a bogey on 17 before making up for it on the final hole.
 
Im going to look at that as opposed to the bogey on 17, take the birdie into (the second round) and keep that positive momentum going, he said.
 
The same goes for Janzen, who also cautioned: Its only Thursday.
 
So hell wait before he declares himself back.
 
Its like starting over in some ways, Janzen said.
 
Duval would probably like to call a do-over after this round.
 
Winless since the 2001 British Open, he simply was sluggish in his first start since that eye-opening performance at Bethpage Black.
 
I dont equate it to how I did at the U.S. Open, he said. That has no relevance, no bearing on what Im doing here. I just didnt play that well.
 
The worlds No. 1 player before a long decline, he was even after making a 9-foot birdie putt on the par-4 8th, but four straight bogeys quickly brought his momentum to a halt.
 
I just wasnt as sharp mentally today, said Duval, who was also tired and concerned he was coming down with something. Why? I dont know. I just wasnt. I didnt think as clearly as I would like to. I made a couple of bad decisions that cost me.
 

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    Women's NCAA finals: Arizona vs. Alabama

    By Jay CoffinMay 22, 2018, 11:49 pm

    STILLWATER, Okla. – It’s the SEC vs. the Pac 12 for the women’s NCAA Championship; Alabama vs. Arizona, to be more specific.

    Both the Crimson Tide and Wildcats cruised in their respective semifinal matches Tuesday at Karsten Creek. Alabama easily beat USC, 3-1-1; Arizona defeated match-play juggernaut Stanford, 4-1.

    Alabama’s top three players, Lauren Stephenson, Kristen Gillman and Cheyenne Knight were unstoppable forces in both matches on the marathon day. Stacked in the top three positions in the semifinals all three won their matches on the 17th hole, making the last two matches inconsequential.


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    Arizona, the eighth seed, won as decisively as second-seeded Alabama, but needed a miracle to be in this position in the first place.

    Junior Bianca Pagdanganan drained a 30-footer for eagle on the last hole of stroke play on Monday to get the Wildcats into a playoff against Baylor, which they won on the second hole. Then on Tuesday, presumably running on fumes, they downed top-seeded UCLA in the morning, then crushed Pac-12 foe Stanford in the afternoon.

    Pagdanganan, Gigi Stoll and Hayley Moore each won both matches for Arizona on the hot, draining day.

    “I don’t want to let them down so I do my best to rise to the occasion,” Pagdanganan said.

    Said Arizona coach Laura Ianello: “How many players, when you tell them under pressure that you need them, can really handle it,” Ianello said about Pagdanganan. “This kid can.”

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    NCAA DI Women's Champ.: Scoring, TV times

    By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 11:30 pm

    The NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship is underway at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

    After three days of stroke play, eight teams advanced to the match-play portion of the championship. Quarterfinals and semifinals were contested Tuesday, with the finals being held on Wednesday. Golf Channel is airing the action live.

    Wake Forest junior Jennifer Kupcho won the individual title. Click here for live finals action, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

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    4-8PM: Match-play finals (Click here to watch live)

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    Fort Worth Invitational: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

    By Golf Channel DigitalMay 22, 2018, 10:30 pm

    The PGA Tour makes the short drive from Dallas to Fort Worth and Colonial Country Club. Here are the key stats and information for this week. Click here for full-field tee times.

    How to watch:

    Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 4-7PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

    Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 4-7PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

    Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

    Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.


    Purse: $7.1 million

    Course: Colonial Country Club (par 70, 7,209 yards)

    Defending champion: Kevin Kisner. Last year he defeated Jordan Spieth, Sean O’Hair and Jon Rahm by one stroke


    Notables in the field

    Jordan Spieth

    • Finished T-2, 1st and T-2 in last three starts in this tournament

    • 52 under par at Colonial last five years (best of anyone by 27 strokes in that span)

    • 100 birdies/eagles made here last five years (most of anyone in that span)


    Rickie Fowler

    • First start since missed cut at The Players

    • More missed cuts (3) than top-10 finishes (2) in 2018


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    Jon Rahm

    • Finished T-2 in this tournament last year (66 in final round)

    • 17 top-5 finishes in 46 official worldwide individual starts as professional


    Webb Simpson

    • First start since Players victory (fifth PGA Tour win)

    • Fifth on Tour in strokes gained: putting this season (177th two seasons ago)

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    Maguire's storied Duke career comes to an end

    By Ryan LavnerMay 22, 2018, 8:39 pm

    STILLWATER, Okla. – After losing in the quarterfinals here at the NCAA Women’s Championship, Duke coach Dan Brooks gathered his team and walked back toward the 18th hole. He wanted to get away and deliver a parting speech to senior Leona Maguire, one of the most important players in program history.

    “I feel like I didn’t say enough, and I feel like I didn’t say it right,” he said afterward. “I guess that’s inevitable when dealing with a player who has meant so much.”

    Maguire’s heralded Duke career came to an end Tuesday when she and her teammates dropped their quarterfinal match to Southern Cal, 3 1/2 to 1 1/2. Maguire did her part, winning, 1 up, against USC’s Jennifer Chang, but it still wasn’t enough.

    Maguire will go down as one of the best players not just in Duke’s storied history, but all time in college golf. She’s a two-time Player of the Year. She finished with the best scoring average (70.93) in Division I women’s golf history. She had a record 32 competitive rounds in the 60s. She spent 135 weeks at the top of the World Amateur Golf Rankings, another record.

    The 23-year-old from Ireland is the rare collegian who turned down guaranteed LPGA status to return to school to earn her degree and try to win a NCAA title with twin sister Lisa, the team’s No. 5 player. Ultimately, they never reached the championship match.

    “I wouldn’t change a thing,” she said softly outside the clubhouse. “The experiences, the memories, I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

    Maguire said that she’s turning pro soon and has a full schedule upcoming. She’ll play the ShopRite LPGA Classic and then try to capitalize on her full status on the developmental Symetra circuit.

    Asked about her potential at the next level, Brooks said that Maguire can be a future Hall of Famer.

    “She’s the hardest worker and the smartest player I’ve ever coached,” he said. “I’m really going to miss her.”