From the They Never Learn Department: Lee Janzen, who won three times this year and finished third on the money list, intends to change equipment. This is the same Lee Janzen who won the 1993 U.S. Open, left Founders Club to sign a massive endorsement deal with Hogan, then went into the toilet in 1994 claiming he couldn't play the new clubs.
Now it seems the $200,000 deal he subsequently cut with Nicklaus Golf Equipment isn't enough, no matter how well he plays with its irons, and he will continue with the company's forged blades only if he can't get a better offer.
Forget Greg Norman. No player has done better in a golf club company investment than John Schroeder. In 1977 Schroeder, then a regular on the Tour, put together two of the principals in fledgling Cobra Golf, Tom Crow and Gary Biszantz, and was offered 7% of the company for $10,000. Trouble was, Schroeder couldn't buy in until he came up with the cash, by finishing second in the 1978 Andy Williams San Diego Open. Today Schroeder says the company is probably worth about $550 million.
The upshot of the story: Schroeder, 50, won't be in it solely for the money when he makes a run at the Senior tour next season. Schroeder began taking lessons from Butch Harmon two years ago in an attempt to cure his problem shot, which is the same as Norman's: a high block right under pressure. Schroeder also started playing in occasional Tour events when they fit into his schedule with NBC—he's an on-course reporter for the Peacock. This year he played in seven tournaments on the PGA Tour, making the cut in three, and eight Nike tour events, where his highest finish was fifth. Schroeder played the Kapalua International last week, finishing a respectable 14th.
"There's a great opportunity to make money and have a lot of fun on the Senior tour," says Schroeder, who won one event on the regular Tour, the 1973 U.S. Professional Match Play, before retiring in 1982. "It's like I'm 20 years old again, but lucky for me, money is not an issue. For a lot of guys, it is."
Let 'er Rip
It's open season on Lanny Wadkins, so even John Daly feels free to cast a few stones at the losing Ryder Cup captain. Daly is the first U.S. British Open champion in 20 years not to play in a Ryder Cup held the same year.
"You've got to pick guys who are winners," Daly says. "Nothing against Freddie [Couples] or Curtis [ Strange], but they hadn't won. I would've liked to have seen Jim Gallagher and Lee Janzen on the team. I think they deserved it."