Lee Janzen sunk a 29-footer for birdie on hole No. 17 to move within one shot of the Kodak Challenge lead. Co-leaders Rickie Fowler and Troy Merritt are playing together on Friday and will get another shot at the Kodak Challenge hole later this afternoon.
T1 Troy Merritt: 14 under
T1 Rickie Fowler: 14 under
T3 Webb Simpson: 13 under
T3 Tim Petrovic: 13 under
T3 Lee Janzen : 13 under
T3 Brendon de Jonge: T3 under
T3 Aaron Baddeley: 13 under
T3 Bill Haas: 13 under
Here’s a Kodak Challenge update from the morning wave Thursday at the Viking Classic:
-- Lee Janzen and John Senden each posted birdies this morning on No. 18, this week’s Kodak Challenge hole , to join Troy Merritt in second place in the Kodak Challenge standings at 12 under. Senden narrowly missed carding an eagle with his 62-footer sliding a few feet past the hole.
-- Nicholas Thompson took advantage of the Kodak Challenge scoring rules to move up two strokes to 11-under with a birdie this morning. The Kodak Challenge records a player’s best 18 Kodak Challenge holes scores, but once a player has played more than 18 holes subsequent holes provide the opportunity to replace bogeys and pars on their Kodak Challenge scorecards with birdies. This can create a one, two, or even three-shot swing in a player’s score on just one hole.
-- Kodak Challenge contenders Troy Merritt, Tim Petrovic and Carl Pettersson will get a crack at the Kodak Challenge hole this afternoon. -- Chuck Beeler
As volatile as the race to get into the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup is, there’s just as much jockeying going on in the Kodak Challenge (just ask defending champ Kevin Streelman about the $1 million he won last year).
There’s already been a lot of movement today from the 15th hole at Sedgefield:
· Lee Janzen rolled in an easy 5-footer for birdie to move to 11 under, just one shot behind leaders Troy Merritt and Rickie Fowler.
· Carl Pettersson and Mark Wilson also birdied the hole to move to 10 under.
· Brandt Snedeker, who’s leading the tournament at the moment, was helped by his hole-out from the front-side bunker to record one of just three eagles on the hole Friday morning. That gets him to 10 under in the standings.
· Derek Lamely has the best shot on the hole, so far -- he holed out from 41 yards for eagle.
Lee Janzen knows exactly how important the flat stick can be when the rest of your game is struggling.
“I haven't hit very many greens, but also I've rolled the ball really well, made a lot of par putts and some other longer ones, too,” Janzen said after a 66 Friday that leaves him at 6 under heading into the weekend. “It's been coming along. Been working hard on it.”
That hard work has been paying off. Janzen has only 49 putts through 36 holes at the St. Jude Classic presented by Smith & Nephew. Friday, he made every one of his 14 putts from inside 10 feet.
“Nice to be playing on the weekend,” Janzen said. “It's just one shot at a time, and we're halfway there and today was a good day. Tomorrow is another day, and hopefully it's a good day.” -- Ryan Pierce
The early story Friday morning is another golfer named Lee in search of his first win on the PGA TOUR since 1998.
While his first-nine 32 doesn’t have the same luster Lee Westwood’s 29 had Thursday, Lee Janzen has added birdies at Nos. 2 and 3 to pull even with the Englishman for the top spot at the St. Jude Classic presented by Smith & Nephew.
Janzen, who was in the first group off the back nine at 8 a.m. ET, continues on a front nine where he had four birdies and two bogeys in difficult afternoon conditions Thursday.
Janzen has one top-30 finish in 15 starts this year -- a fourth-place mark at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in late-April. His best finish at the St. Jude Classic was a tie for sixth in 2003. -- Chris Dunham Jr.
Not surprisingly, most of the low scores from the first round at TPC Southwind came in the morning wave, led by Lee Westwood’s 7-under 63. Sine then, there hasn’t been much of a move toward the lead. There are a few players not too far away, though.
Among them: Lee Janzen, Nicholas Thompson and Matthew Goggin, all of whom are 3 under on the day so far. Ian Poulter was at that number, too, but he just bogeyed No. 12 to drop a stroke. -- Brian Wacker
Lee Janzen knows how to go low at Colonial. After all, he owns a share of the course record of 61, shot in the final round in 1993.
Saturday brought more of the same. He fired a third-round 63 -- which interestingly is his best score since that round of 9 under.
Janzen made a 3-foot birdie putt on the first hole and holed his bunker shot on the drivable par-4 second and never looked back. He'll start the final round at 11 under, as a result.
"I started very well," Janzen said. "So 4 under the last 16 with a couple of close putts and a couple of bombs. I was on the green a lot. I felt like I could have putted better and, you know, I was thinking about 59. You can't help to think about that when I got to 5 under after 7, and I had plenty of opportunities, and I felt like I didn't lose any shots out there, because I was thinking the 59.
"I was just trying to execute one shot at a time. It's kind of amazing how golf is that you cannot be as sharp as you want to be but still shoot a good score, and other days where you feel like you are doing everything absolutely perfect as you can and then shoot 70."
The leaders are still an hour from teeing off but the tone for the day has been set. Go low or get left behind.
Jerry Kelly just finished off a round of 63 while Pat Perez, waiting in the fairway to hit his approach at the 18th hole is also 7 under for the day. They’ve moved to 10 under and three strokes off the overnight lead.
Rickie Fowler finished off a round of 64 five groups ahead of them. The young phenom, who played in pink and white checked pants in honor of Pink Out II is 9 under for the tournament now.
Paul Casey and Lee Janzen are working on low numbers, too. Casey if 5 under through 11 holes while Janzen just made the turn in 30.
Should be a fun afternoon.
Jason Bohn is working on what could be a career low – and maybe a course record -- at Colonial Thursday. He's played his first 13 holes in 7 under and owns sole possession of the lead.
Bohn set the tone for his round early with a 12-foot birdie putt on the first hole. His other birdie putts have come from 20, 15, 18, 6, 4 and 13 feet.
The course record at Colonial is a 61 shot by six players -- Keith Clearwater (1993), Lee Janzen (1993), Greg Kraft (1999), Kenny Perry (2003), Justin Leonard (2003) and Chad Campbell (2004).
Bohn, who won his second TOUR event earlier this year, has a solid record at Colonial. He's played in the Crowne Plaza Invitational four times previously and twice has finished among the top 25. He's never missed a cut and has nine rounds in the 60s, including a 65 in the second round last year.