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12C THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 it c S 111 Q P if a WJ tf Kb? u l mi Kelly slap shot keeps him close to the leaders 9 ZE mm LED Playing it Jbee s way WHERE: Ponte Vedra Beach. WHEN: Through Sunday. TV: Today 2 p.m., WPTV-5, WTVJ-6; Sunday 3 p.m., WPTV-5, WTVJ-6. : f 4' v. X. .... Y I ! V By Craig Dolch Palm Beach Post Staff Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH Jerry Kelly had an idea it might be an eventful round Friday when he needed to draw on his hockey background for his second shot of the day. Notebook Stymied against a tree after an , errrant drive on the 10th hole, Kelly needed to do his Brett Hull imitation. "I had to turn my 1-iron around and hit a left-handed slap shot," said Kelly, who received a hockey scholarship to the University of Hartford in 1985, only to later learn the school discontinued the program. The slapshot went 20 yards into the fairway, enabling him to salvage a bogey. It was a fitting start to an up-and-down round of 71 that left the Hobe Sound resident two shots behind leader Lee Janzen through two rounds of The Players Championship. "It was pretty interesting out there," he said. "I was actually smiling after a couple of bogeys because they could have been worse." Kelly's round consisted of six birdies he leads the tournament with 12 four bogeys and a double-bogey. His range of shots included a pair of wedges to within a foot and a 3-wood of 3 feet. "Not 3 feet from the hole, I hit it 3 feet," Kelly said, referring to his second shot on No. 14 from the deep 1 ' a Area players In bold LeeJanzen 70-67137 -7 JoeOzaki 69-68137 -7 Tom Kite 72-66138 -6 Jerry Kelly 68-71139 -5 Bruce Lietzke 69-70139 -5 Glen Day 66-73139 -5 Rocco Mediate 67-73140 -4 Fred Couples 67-73140 -4 JeffMaggert 69-71 140 -4 Len Mattiace 69-71 140 -4 Scott Gump 72-68140 -4 David Frost 69-71 140 -4 Craig Stadler 71-70141 -3 Justin Leonard 72-69 141 -3 John Daly 71-70141 -3 Steve Pate 71-71 142 -2 Steve Jones 71-71 142 -2 BobEstes 72-70142 -2 JoeySindelar 73-69142 -2 Nolan Henke 69-73142 -2 Kevin Sutherland 72-70142 -2 KirkTriplett 7171 142 -2 PaulGoydos 72-70142 -2 Scott Verplank 71-71 142 -2 Phil Mickelson 69-73142 -2 Tom Lehman 72-70 142 -2 Scott Hoch 73-69142 -2 Nick Price 71-72143 -1 Hal Sutton 74-69143 -1 Per-Ulrik Johansson 69-74 143 -1 Ernie Els 71-72143 -1 Vijay Singh 72-71 143 -1 Payne Stewart 72-71 143 -1 OmarUresti 72-71 143 -1 BobTway 72-71 143 -1 Doug Barron 71-72143 -1 Stewart Cink 71-73144 E Billy Andrade 70-74 144 E Nick Faldo 75-69144 E Frank NoMo 72-72144 E TedTryba 70-74144 E Brad Faxon 71 -73 1 44 E Billy Mayfair 69-75144 E John Cook 71 -73 1 44 E Scott McCarron 72-72 144 E Mark Calcavecchia 69-75 144 E Dudley Hart 74-70 144 E Jesper Parnevik 72-72 144 E TigerWoods 72-73145 1 Larry Rinker 78-67 145 1 Tom Watson 71-74145 1 JimFuryk 70-75145 1 LeeWestwood 74.71.145 i David Sutherland 72-73145 1 Mark O Meara 70-75145 1 Davis Love III 73-72145 1 Brian Henninger 73-72 145 1 Lee Rinker 72-73145 1 Mark Wiebe 76-69 145 1 Brandel Chamblee 72-73 145 1 Steve Strtcker 74-72146 2 Tommy Armour III 71-75 146 2 Fred Funk 73-73146 2 Phil Blackmar 72-74146 2 Skip Kendall 74-72146 2 Michael Bradley 74-72 146 2 Donnie Hammond 71-75 146 2 Robert Gamez 74-72146 2 David Duval 69-77 146 2 Larry Mize 73-73146 2 Jose Mana Olazabal 72-74146 2 Grant Waite 76-70146 2 FAILED TO QUALIFY Willie Wood 73-74147 3 Stuart Appleby 72-75147 3 MikeReid 74-73147 3 BradFabel 75-72147 3 Brent Geiberger 74-7147 - -ht --ry "--.1 rough. That resulted in one of those feel-good bogeys. Kelly said his lone mental error was a pitching wedge on No. 17 that drew back 25 feet into the water. He had to two-putt from the fringe for a double-bogey. "I even asked my caddy if he thought a pitching wedge might suck back into the water," Kelly said. "I should have known better because the grooves on my clubs are so new." His roller-coaster of a day may not have been good for the nerves, but he has only three players in front of him as he tries for his first career PGA Tour victory. "No question I'm pretty tired after a round like that," Kelly said. "But I'm happy about my position." B Lietzke not a master: Bruce THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Lee Janzen, who shot a 67, scratches his head but has no trouble finding the answer to a putt on No. 8. Co-leader Janzen likes course touch and it shows By Craig Dolch Palm Beach Post Staff Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH If you someday come across a Lee Janzen-designed golf course, be forewarned: He likes his courses tougher than a three-day-old sirloin. Janzen proved that in 1993 when he won the U.S. Open at Baltusrol, tying Jack Nicklaus' scoring record. He reaffirmed that approach in 1995 when he won The Players Championship with a five-under 283 the highest winning score here in the last 15 years. So it wasn't difficult to find Janzen after Friday's second round of The Players Championship, where the fairways and greens are starting to resemble airport runways. Just look at the top of the leader board. Janzen handled the hard, dry conditions to shoot a five-under 67 and share the second-round lead with Japan's Joe Ozaki (68). They are at seven-under 137, one shot ahead of Tom Kite, who had the day's best round (66). With the course playing tough, and figuring to get tougher, Janzen feels good about his chances. "I'd prefer it that way just because it challenges all aspects of your game," Janzen said. "I think most weeks on Tour we are all programmed to fire at the pin and the guy who is on and putting good is the one that shoots 17-under and wins. When the conditions are tough, a lot of players get eliminated because it's not just a putting contest." Janzen had his share of success on the greens Friday, needing just 27 putts in his five-birdie, no-bogey round. He missed four greens and got up and down for par each time. "Since the 12th hole (Thursday), I have holed just about every putt I could," Janzen said. "By that I mean anything from 10 feet or less. We expect to make those." Janzen has failed to meet his overall expectations in recent years. He won seven Tour events from 1992-95, but has gone almost three years since his last victory. Janzen thought his form was close to returning three weeks ago when he played in the final Saturday group at the Honda Classic. But he finished with a 73 and a 71 to fade to 15th. "The confidence is the biggest thing out here," he said. "When you haven't won in a while, it's hard to feel like you can win. But I'm excited because the conditions are like they were when I won here in 1995." Ozaki, the youngest of three golfing brothers, made his move with four birdies in a seven-hole stretch on the front nine. Ozaki, who speaks some English and says karaoke is one of his special interests, summed up his good play in one word: Putting. "Today and yesterday, so, so perfect for me," he said. Kite, who won TPC in 1989 but hasn't won on Tour since 1993, said he has been on the verge of playing well. But he has yet to finish in the top 20 in six events this year. That could change after he opened Friday's round with four consecutive birdies. He added four more birdies (against two bogeys) to improve 41 spots after Thursday's 72. "This is the kind of round I've been waiting for," he said. First-round leader Glen Day (73) was (ied for fourth with Hobe Sound's Jeny Kelly (71) and Bruce Lietzke (70). Day failed to take advantage of his early-morning tee time by making pars on the first nine holes. "J had it easy this morning, but I never hit it close and I kept missing on the wrong side of the greens," Day said.; "But I'm happy where I'm at." Fred Couples, who was one shot off Day's lead to start the day, shot a 73 and was among five players three back at 140. w Lietzke continues to show why he's one of the most unique individuals on Tour. He plays in just lO events a year, rarely practices and shows no affection for the majors. In fact, he said he wouldn't play in The Masters in two weeks if he were to qualify by winning this week. (He's tied for fourth after Friday's 70.) "No, I added this tournament partly out of my obligation to the PGA Tour," he said. "But I am drawing my line there. I am playing golf on my terms now." Noteworthy: Mark Calca-vecchia's streak of consecutive rounds under par ended at nine with Friday's 75. He's seven back of leader Lee Janzen at 144. . . . For the second consecutive week, Ben Crenshaw shot 69 in the first round and failed to make the cut. He shot an 80 last week at Bay Hill and an 81 Friday. . . . Jay Don Blake and Paul Stankowskl withdrew Friday. Blake had a bad back, Stankowski complained of a 42 on his front nine. Selected spotlights on four rounds 1 Srugeki Maruyama 74-73147 3 John Huston 72-75147 3 David Toms 71-76147 3 Larry Nelson 74-73147 3 Robert Damron 71-76 147 3 David Edwards 73-75148 4 Corey Pavin 75-73148 4 David Ognn 74-74148 4 Ronnie Black 70-78 148 4 Chris Perry 72-76148 4 Colin Montgomene 74-74 148 4 DonPooley 75-73148 4 Fulton Allem 74-74 148 4 P H. Horgan III 76-72148 4 Curtis Strange 78-70148 4 Mark Brooks 73-75148 4 Kelly Gibson 75-73148 4 Neal Lancaster 76-73 149 5 Tommy Tolles 77-72149 5 Loren Roberts 75-74 149 5 Kenny Perry 74-75149 5 PhK Tataurangi 75-74149 5 Steve Lowery 71-78149 5 Sandy Lyle 74-75149 5 Frank Uckliter 77-72 149 5 Tim Herron 74-75 149 5 BetiefGoosen 71-78 149 5 MikeStandly 73-76 149 5 JeffSluman 74-76150 6 John Adams 74.76150 6 Ben Crenshaw 69-81 150 6 Gabriel Hjertstedt 74-76150 6 Duffy Waldorf 75-75150 6 Doug Martin 74.76150 6 RickFehr 77-73150 6 Bernhard Larger 80-71 151 7 Clarence Rose 76-75 151 7 Jay Haas 74-77151 7 Craig Parry 73 78151 7 Russ Cochran 72-79 151 7 Andrew Mage 71-81 152 8 Pete Jordan 73-79152 8 Olin Browne 78-74152 8 Costantino Rocca 76-76 152 8 MikeBnsky 80 72152 8 Trevor Dodds 76- 76 152 8 MikeHulbert 73-79152 8 Darren Clarke 74-79153 9 Scott Simpson 75-78 153 9 Micnael Chnstie 81-72 153 9 TomByrum 79 75154 10 Mar McCumoer 77-77 154 -flO TomPurtzer 77-77154 10 Jumbo Ozaki 77-77154 10 GuyBoros 75 80155 11 JoeDurartt 7581 156 12 Stephen Ames 71-85156 12 Wayne Grady 76 81 157 13 Brfty Ray Brown 8177158 14 Lennie Clements 78 81 159 15 J"Cartef 7881 159 15 MeSpwger 79 81 160 16 Puut Azreer 80 81 161 17 Paul S'ankowski 75 vvD Dan Fcsman 78 VVD Jay Don Bofce 78 WD No. 10, 415 yards, par 4 PLAYER: Tom Kite. WHAT HE DID: He almost scrambled his way to a par on one of the day's most difficult holes. He missed the fairway and the green, . then just missed a 10-foot par putt. WHAT HE SAID: "I drove it in the right Club talk CRAIG STADLER He uses Top-Flite clubs. His driver is an 8'2-degree Intimidator with a graphite shaft and a titanium head. His 3-wood also is an Intimidator. He carries Top-Flite Tour irons (1-through pitching -wedge). His sand wedge is a 56-degree Cleveland. His putter is a 9304 Kevin Bums. Most eyecatching are the fuzzy Walrus head covers he carries to protect his i . 1 r : v. v 'J JUSTIN LEONARD After missing cuts in two of his past three events, Leonard broke 70 for the first time in his past 1 1 rounds. The reigning British Open champion started with a bogey, but made four birdies and 13 pars the rest of the way to move into 1 6th place. rough and just drew a horrible lie. I could not reach the green. I hit it 40 yards short of the green, wedged it to 10 feet and left it hanging on the lip coming down the hill." BRAD FABEL After hitting his approach shot to the par-3 island 17th green, a seagull flew away with Fabel's ball, dropping it into the water. Fabel was allowed to replace the ball, but three-putted for bogey. "Ive never seen that," he said. "It was tunny. I never heard so many people laughing." ) I ROCCO MEDIATE At one point, he led at eight-under midway through Fnday's round. But he finished with four bogeys, including his last three par-5s, to fade to four-under. "I was flying on the front side, but I lost some momentum and on this course that's not the thing to do." he said. "It wasn't physical errors. " TIGER WOODS Another frustrating day for Woods, who hasn't broke par in his past four rounds. Woods shot a 73 145 to make the cut by a shot. "I didn't hit the ball particularly well, but I still had a lot of chances." he said. "I'm rolling the rock so well, but nothing is going in. I'm leaving 'em hanging on the lip." woods. SCORING SUMMARY: O eagles. 6 birdies. 89 pars. 33 bogeys. 7 double bogeys. 1 triple bogey. Scoring average: 4.348 (second most difficult).

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