Lee McLeod Janzen
(born August 28, 1964) is an American golfer
who is best known for twice winning the U.S. Open
, in 1993
Early years and amateur career
Janzen was born in Austin
, and spent most of his childhood in Baltimore
, where he played Little League baseball
. When Janzen was 12, his father's company transferred him to Florida
and his parents started him in golf
, and he continued playing baseball. Janzen liked golf best and started playing that sport exclusively. He won his first tournament at age 15 as a member of the Greater Tampa Junior Golf Association.
Janzen chose to attend a small college – Florida Southern
– rather than a big institution like Florida
. In 1985 and 1986, Florida Southern won the Division II national team championship
. Janzen was the individual medalist in 1986. He turned professional later that same year.
In 1989, Janzen joined the PGA Tour. He has won eight times on the PGA Tour
, most notably the 1993 and 1998 U.S. Open
. In 1993
, Janzen defeated Payne Stewart
, New Jersey
, en route to tying the 72-hole U.S. Open scoring record of 8-under par. Five years later, he again beat out Stewart to win his second U.S. Open
, this time at the Olympic Club
in San Francisco
. He overcame a five stroke deficit on Sunday, marking the best final-round comeback in a U.S.......