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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 162

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Saturday, March 28, 1998
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12C THE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 pyaisrs c tainni p d bb s Ihi o p ' 9 ee s .Playing it way , , . g" ' iv WHERE: Ponte Vedra Beach. WHEN: Through Sunday. TV: Today 2 p.m., WPTV-5, WTVJ-6; Sunday 3 p.m., WPTV-5, WTVJ-6. i& , ' fc, 1 -St, V Vt ' J f.l 14 . I h A . . AAV Kelly slap shot keeps him close to the leaders 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 Hartforjl 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 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." Lietzke not a master: Bruce Lietzke continues to show why he's one of the most unique individuals on Tour. He plays in just 10 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. 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 tough and it shows 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. Area players in bold LeeJanzen 70-67137 -7 Joe Ozaki 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 JerfMaggert 69-71 140 -4 LenMattiace 69-71 140 -4 Scott Gump 72-68140 -4 David Frost 69-71 140 -4 Craig Stadler 71-70141 -3 Justin Leonard 72-69141 -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 Kirk Triplett 71-71 142 -2 PaulGoydos 72-70142 -2 Scott Verplank 71-71 142 -2 Phil Mickelson 69-73142 -2 Tom Lehman 72-70142 -2 Scott Hoch 73-69142 -2 Nick Price 71-72143 -1 Hal Sutton 74-69143 -1 Per-Ulrik Johansson 69-74143 -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 70-74144 E NickFaldo 75-69144 E Frank Nobilo 72-72144 E TedTryba 70-74144 E Brad Faxon 71-73144 E Billy Mayfair 69-75144 E John Cook 71-73144 E Scott McCarron 72-72144 E Mark Calcavecchia 69-75144 E Dudley Hart 74-70144 E Jesper Parnevik 72-72144 E Tiger Woods 72-73145 1 Larry Rinker 78-67145 1 Tom Watson 71-74145 1 JimFuryk 70-75145 1 Lee westwood 74-71 145 1 David Sutherland 72-73145 1 Mark O'Meara 70-75145 1 Davis Love III 73-72 1 45 1 Brian Henninger 73-72 145 1 Lee Rinker 72-73145 1 MarkWiebe 76-69145 1 Brandel Chamblee 72-73145 1 Steve Stncker 74-72146 2 Tommy Armour III 71-75146 2 Fred Funk 73-73146 2 Phil Blackmar 72-74146 2 Skip Kendall 74-72146 2 Michael Bradley 74-72146 2 Donnie Hammond 71-75 146 2 Robert Garnez 74-72146 2 David Duval 69-77146 2 Larry Mize 73-73146 2 Jose Maria Olazabal 72-74146 2 Grant Waite 76-70146 2 FAILED TO QUALIFY Willie Wood 73-74 147 3 Stuart Appleby 72-75147 3 MiKeReid 74-73147 3 BraoFabel 75-72147 3 Brent Geiberger 74-73 147 3 Shigeki Vlaruyama 74-73 147 3 Jonn Huston 72-75147 3 David Toms 71-76147 3 Larry Nelson 74-73 147 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 Montgomery 74-74 148 4 Don Pooley 75-73148 4 Fulton Allem 74-74 148 4 P. H Morgan III 76-72148 4 Curtis Strange 78 70148 4 Mark Brooks 73 75148 4 Kelly Gibson 75 73148 4 Neal Lancaster 76 73149 5 Tommy Tolles 77 72149 5 Loren Roberts 75-74149 5 Kenny Perry 74-75 149 5 Phil Tataurangi 75-74149 5 Steve Lowery 71-76 149 5 Sandy Lyle 74-75149 5 Frank Lickltter 77-72149 5 Tim Herron 74-75 149 5 RetiefGoosen 71-78149 5 Mike Standly 73 76149 5 JeffSluman 74-76150 6 John Adams 74-76150 6 Bn Crenshaw 69 81 150 6 Gabnei Hrertstedt 74-76150 6 Duffy Waldorf 75 75150 6 Doug Martin 74-76150 6 Rick Fehr 77-73150 6 Bemhard Larger 80-71 15! 7 Clarence Rose 76 75151 7 Jay Haas 74 77151 7 Craig Parry 73 78151 7 Russ Cochran 72-79151 7 Andrew Magee 7181 152 8 Ore Jordan 73 79152 8 Olid Brown 78 74152 8 Costantmo Rocca 76 76 152 8 MikeBnsky 80-72152 8 Trevor Dodds 76 76 152 8 Mike Hulbert 73 79152 8 Darren Clarve 74-79153 9 Sc OH Simpson 75 78153 9 V'Chaet Christie 81 72 153 9 Tom Bvum 79 75154 10 Ma McCu"nber 77 77154 10 Tom Purser 77 77154 10 JumhoOaki 77 77154 10 GuBofOS 75 80155 11 toe Duram 75 81 1 56 12 Stolen Anes 71 85 1 56 12 .V- 76 81 15 13 3 Py Brown fil 7 7 158 14 lnme Cements 78 81 159 15 m tm 78 8 1 1 59 15 V ke 5x--er 79 81 160 16 P ' 60 8 1 1 f 1 I 7 Paul S'arowsi 75 AD firvw 78 AD Jay & B ae 78 D 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 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 First-round leader Glen Day (73) was tied for fourth with Hobe Sound's Jerry 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. "I 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. Selected spotlights on four rounds: Club talk CRAIG STADLER He uses Top-Flite clubs. His driver is an 8'i-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 carnes to protect his 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 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 i f e i J - j ? 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 16th place. 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. "I've never seen that." he said. "It was tunny. I never heard so may people lading." ROCCO MEDIATE At one point, he led at eight-under midway through Friday'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 sa d. "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. hanging on the lip coming down the hill." SCORING SUMMARY: 0 eagles. 6 birdies. 89 pars. 38 bogeys. 7 double bogeys. 1 triple bogey. Scoring average: 4.348 (second most difficult).

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