A Short Refresher
Everybody remembers Lee Janzen's chip-in for birdie on the 70th hole of the 1993 U.S. Open on his way to victory at Baltusrol, and last March the most memorable stroke he made in winning The Players Championship was when he saved par from a pot bunker on the notorious island 17th green at the TPC Stadium Course. But even one of the best can get better, so three weeks ago Janzen, on vacation in Florida, enrolled in the Dave Pelz Short Game School at the Boca Raton Hotel and Resort.
Impressed with what Pelz had done to help transform Peter Jacobsen's short game, Janzen took part in a condensed three-day program, in which the longest shot he hit was 60 yards. Because the regular class was full, Janzen worked with a private instructor. "It cost $1,800," Janzen said. "I paid and everything."
The idea to take the course came from Bev Janzen, who looked at her husband's record since the Players and saw that he had missed a cut and finished 12th, 41st and 59th.
While the extra work hasn't resulted in a top-10 finish yet, Janzen feels it has made a positive difference. "As good as he is, to want to improve when he's not floundering, that's impressive," said Pelz. "A lot of people who come to me wait until things are really bad. There was nothing really bad about Lee Janzen's short game. He just wanted to get better."
Pluck of the Irish
Doug Martin will fulfill a longtime dream this week when he plays in the Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, and he credits Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz for his motivation. The top 70 golfers on the current PGA Tour money list automatically get spots in the elite field at Jack Nicklaus's tournament, and the $129,000 that Martin won for his second-place finish at the Buick Classic two weeks ago pushed him up to 57th on the money list.
The 28-year-old Martin was playing in the Western Amateur six years ago when he met Notre Dame's ticket director and was forward enough to request a round of golf with Holtz. A week later a game with Holtz was arranged. "Lou's a golf nut," Martin says. "And I live and die with Notre Dame football."
Since that first meeting, Martin, a three-time All-America who's on the Tour this year based on his tie for 10th place at the qualifying school, has spent many football Saturdays on the Notre Dame sidelines. Holtz has invited him into the locker room and to team meetings. Before Notre Dame's showdown with then No. 1-ranked Florida State two years ago, Martin took two weeks off from the Nike Tour to attend practice and watch film with assistant coaches.
"Doug called me the other day and told me he remembered how I tell my teams, 'Don't flinch,' " Holtz said last Friday. "He told me that's all he thought about at Westchester. But, hey, the credit goes to Doug. He's a hard worker and a good guy"