Less is more for Orioles follower, co-leader Janzen

April 09, 1993|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Staff Writer

AUGUSTA, GA — AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A year ago, Lee Janzen prepared for his first Masters by playing three straight practice rounds at Augusta National Golf Club.

"By the time the tournament started, I was worn out," said Jan- zen, who shot an opening-round 74 and finished tied for 54th.

This year, Janzen varied the routine. He came here last week, played Saturday and Sunday and left for a couple of days. Where did he go, and what did he do to relax?

"I went to Baltimore for Opening Day," said Janzen.

"The pressure is all what you make of it," said Janzen, 28, who spent six years of his childhood living in Westminster before his family settled in Lakeland, Fla. "If you put too many have-tos on yourself, you're not going to do well."

Janzen has made remarkable progress since joining the PGA Tour in 1990. He finished 115th as a rookie, 72nd in his second year and jumped to ninth on the money list last year with $795,279 in earnings.

After winning his first tournament at the Northern Telecom Open, and finishing second twice (including The Tour Championship at Pinehurst), Janzen has continued to improve his standing this year. He won the Phoenix Open, and is seventh on the money list with $318,783.

Janzen is hoping for another win before Sunday: from his beloved Orioles. He developed his interest while he was growing up in Maryland, and he since has become friends with some of the players. Mark Williamson provided him with Opening Day tickets.

Briefly

Fred Funk, playing in his first Masters, shot an opening round 77. . . . Tom Kite, whose status was questionable because of a bad back, played with a brace and shot a 1-over-par 73.

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