Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Classic Potential Janzen Vaults into PGA Lead with 67

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Classic Potential Janzen Vaults into PGA Lead with 67

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MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The PGA Championship, at times the

afterthought of golf's four majors, has the feel of one this

year.

Credit the historic Winged Foot course, applaud the relatively

low scores under difficult conditions or appreciate the

star-studded leaderboard, but it all adds up to an atmosphere

one player said doesn't always exist in this event.

And when the second round was concluded yesterday, the two

players at the top and the handful chasing them offered

contrasting plot lines, suitable for hours of 19th hole banter

and possibly history for years to come.

Lee Janzen, who has a polished pedigree in big-time

tournaments, shot a 67 and despite bogeys on the final two

holes, came from three shots off the pace to grab the lead at

4-under-par 136. One shot behind is Davis Love III of Sea Island,

Ga., (71), who is trying to shake the odious label of "one of

the best players to never win a major."

There are seven players another stroke behind at 2-under 138,

led by British Open champion Justin Leonard (70), former Masters

champion Fred Couples (67), two-time 1997 PGA Tour winner Phil

Mickelson (69), grinders Jeff Maggert (69) and Phil Blackmar

(68), and two of the top foreign players in the field,

Costantino Rocca of Italy (69) and Shigeki Maruyama of Japan

(70).

If that's not enough to heighten possibilities of a weekend

shootout, consider the group at 1-under par: first-round

co-leader and past PGA champion John Daly (73), two-time British

Open champion Greg Norman (71), still seeking his first U.S.

major, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Kite (71) and Vijay Singh of

Ponte Vedra Beach (66), who had the day's low round.

Among five players at even par are David Duval of Jacksonville

(70), Tiger Woods (70) and Payne Stewart (70). There are 19

within four shots of the lead and eight more within five shots.

"This feels like a major championship, and in the past few

years, not all PGA Championships have felt like that," said

Mickelson.

"The golf course, the way it's set up and the history of it . …

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