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Right on Line
Rick Reilly
April 03, 1995
Lee Janzen triumphed at The Players Championship at Sawgrass, and in cyberspace
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April 03, 1995

Right On Line

Lee Janzen triumphed at The Players Championship at Sawgrass, and in cyberspace

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All right, we're back on-line here discussing Lee Janzen's thrilling victory last Sunday at The Players Championship.

Divot: Wait a second. You're going lo cover a golf tournament on-line?

Exactly. And what a golf tournament it wasn't. It was more like a Salute to Bogey. Janzen's five-under 283 equaled the highest winning score since they started playing the tournament at the gruesome Stadium Course at Sawgrass, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 13 years ago. It may have been the scariest golf played here since the Worst Avid Golfer in America contest in 1985.

All Corey Pavin had to do on the last day was shoot 71. (He shot 74.) All Bernhard Langer had to do was shoot a 71. (He shot 73.) All Payne Stewart had to do was shoot 70 to tie. (He shot 72.) All Lee Janzen had to do was shoot 71 to win. (And that's just what he did.)

Froghair: How did John Daly do?

Didn't play. Says it wrecks his confidence for (he Masters coming up. But 36 of the top-36 players in the world were here. Actually, a lot of players might've wished they'd been sitting around Germantown, Term., with Daly instead. Nick Price came to the famous island-green, par-3 17th hole on Saturday only four shots out of the lead and made a quadruple-bogey 7. His first ball spun back into the water, and his next, from the drop area 85 yards from the hole, missed the green entirely.

And Greg Norman made a 6 on number 17 on Friday and never recovered, finishing 37th. Not only that, but he continued to take grief for his DOA World Tour and got nowhere with his request at a players' meeting to change the rule so that you could get a free drop out of a divot. That was—

Overclub: Wait a second. You say in' he wanted to change the dad-burned Rules of Golf?

Just for this one tournament. It seems that they fill the divots in with sand, and he would much rather hit out of a plain divot than a sandy—

BigBertha: Wasn't he involved in that ridiculous thing in South Africa last month?

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