Saturday, July 11, 2015

Janzen, Funk, Frost, Bryant share lead 

at US Senior Tour event

GLENVIEW, Illinois -- Lee Janzen likes what he's seen from his golf game lately even if it means not seeing much of his home.
Janzen birdied three straight holes Friday to close his front nine and went on to shoot a 7-under 65 at North Shore Country Club to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's Encompass Championship with Fred Funk, David Frost and Brad Bryant.
Janzen qualified in New York on June 8 for the U.S. Open, then followed up his two rounds at Chambers Bay near Seattle with a sixth-place finish at the Constellation Senior Players Championship outside Boston. 
He played the next week in the U.S. Senior Open in Sacramento and flew to Washington, and now he's in the Chicago area for another Champions Tour event.
"Fortunately, I feel like I've got a decent idea about what I'm doing with my golf swing, so I don't have this urgency to go to the golf course and hit a lot of balls," Janzen said.
Janzen started on the back nine Friday and birdied the 15th and 16th holes to get to 3 under. He missed the green on No. 17 but then chipped in for a birdie.
"I probably would have had a 6- to 8-footer for par coming back had it not gone in," Janzen said. "I came out of that hole smelling a lot better than it looked."
Janzen is still smarting from his failure to make the cut in the U.S. Open, which he blamed on two shots that led to a double and triple bogey.
"If I had just paid attention a little better on two irons shots and made a few putts, I feel like I would have had a chance to at least finish in the top 10," he said.
Funk began the season bothered by a sore elbow and sat at home for three months before returning.
"I'm trying to hit the ball better and I'm able to play," Funk said. "But I can't swing the way I want to swing.
"The doctors told me I've got a bunch of tendons hanging on by threads, they say, on both sides -- inside and outside. They said eventually it will just go away on its own ... maybe."
Both Funk and Bryant had stretches of four birdies in five holes on their back nine.
Funk's bogey-free round was his best to start a tournament since the Champion Tour's opening round of the 2014 season. He holed out from a greenside bunker at No. 5, his 14th hole.
"I played really solid today overall," Funk said. "I gave myself some chances, but I actually had a couple little breaks, too."
Bryant's score was his best in any Champions Tour event since 2012.
"I did not expect too much warming up today," he said. "I figured something out at the end of my warmup session, and on the golf course I hit it great. It came out of nowhere.
"It sort of felt like the old Brad today."

par 72
T1 Brad Bryant 65  .

T1 Fred Funk 65

T1 David Frost 65

T1 Lee Janzen 65

T5 Craig Stadler 66

T5 Mike Goodes 66

T5 Rod Spittle 66

T5 Jerry Smith 66

T9 Jeff Sluman 67

T9 Frank Esposito 67

T9 Rocco Mediate 67

T9 Esteban Toledo 67

T9 Woody Austin 67

T14 Corey Pavin 68

T14 Tom Byrum 68

T14 Fred Couples 68 .

T14 Jeff Maggert 68

T14 Stan Utley 68

T14 Ian Woosnam 68

T14 Brian Henninger 68

T14 Peter Senior 68

T22 Bart Bryant 69

T22 Gary Koch 69

T22 Russ Cochran 69

T22 Steve Elkington 69

T22 Duffy Waldorf 69

T22 Loren Roberts 69

T22 Steve Pate 69

T22 Scott Hoch 69

T22 Kenny Perry 69

T22 Greg Bruckner 69

T32 Grant Waite 70

T32 Tommy Armour III 70

T32 John Cook 70

T32 Wayne Levi 70

T32 John Huston 70

T32 Wes Short Jr. 70

T32 Michael Allen 70

T32 Kirk Triplett 70

T32 Olin Browne 70

T32 Guy Boros 70

T32 Kevin Sutherland 70

T43 Carlos Franco 71

T43 Jeff Freeman 71

T43 Jose Coceres 71

T43 Rick Gibson 71

T43 Gary Hallberg 71

T43 Bobby Wadkins 71

T43 Greg Kraft 71

T43 Tom Lehman 71

T43 Scott Dunlap 71

T43 Chien-Soon Lu 71

T53 Joel Edwards 72

T53 Roger Chapman 72

T53 Tom Pernice Jr. 72

T53 Marco Dawson 72

T53 John Riegger 72

T53 Jeff Coston 72

T53 Joey Sindelar 72

T53 Tom Purtzer 72

T61 Jay Haas 73

T61 Jay Don Blake 73

T61 Blaine McCallister 73

T61 Dan Forsman 73

T61 Larry Nelson 73

T61 Stephen Ames 73

T61 Bob Gilder 73

T61 Jeff Hart 73

T61 P.H. Horgan III 73

T61 Geoffrey Sisk 73

T71 Jim Rutledge 74

T71 Mark Wiebe 74

T71 Billy Andrade 74

T71 Lance Ten Broeck 74

T75 Larry Mize 75

T75 Gene Sauers 75

77 Bob Tway 76

T78 Steve Lowery 79

T78 Ken Green 79

T80 Nolan Henke 80

T80  John Alexander Jacobs   80



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