About Lee Janzen

By Brad Wilbricht

Born in Austin, Minnesota, Lee Janzen has won eight tournaments on the PGA Tour including two U.S. Opens (1993 and 1998). Janzen was first introduced to the game of golf by his mother and father when his family moved from Baltimore, Maryland to Florida. Janzen began playing golf at the age of 14 and won his first junior event shortly thereafter at 15 years of age.

Early Career

Janzen played collegiately at Florida Southern and was part of back-to-back Division II national championship teams in 1985 and 1986. Janzen turned professional in 1986 and his first career victory on the PGA Tour came at the 1992 North Telecom Open. In 1993, Janzen prevailed on two occasions, including wins at the Phoenix Open and later that year at the U.S. Open played at Baltusrol Golf Club.

PGA Tour

Since winning eight tournaments during the 1990s, Janzen has been unable to return to the win column since 1998 when he notched his second U.S. Open title. In addition to his two U.S. Open victories, Janzen's other most notable win came at the 1995 Players Championship. As of July 2009, Janzen has totaled nearly $15 million in career earnings and has spent time ranked in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings.

U.S. Open and Major Championships

In both of his U.S. Open victories, Janzen defeated the legendary Payne Stewart. In 1993, he finished two strokes clear of Stewart and prevailed by just one stroke in 1998. During his second U.S. Open championship, Janzen overcame a five-shot deficit entering the final round of play. After compiling 5 top 10 finishes in major competition from 1993 to 1998, Janzen has failed to crack the top 10 in a major.

Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup

Janzen has competed in two Ryder Cup events, representing the American team in 1993 and 1997. He helped lead the United States to victory in 1993 and has a career record of 2 wins and 3 losses during Ryder Cup play. In addition, Janzen was selected to the U.S. Presidents Cup team in 1998 where the International team dominated the Americans, winning 20½ to 11½.


Along with his wife and children, Janzen currently resides in the Orlando, Florida area. Janzen contributes to several charitable foundations and recently partnered with the First Baptist Church of Orlando and the Feed the Children organization which helps provide worldwide hunger relief.


About The Author

Brad Wilbricht covers numerous sporting events including the NFL, NFL Draft, college football and PGA Tour. Since 2004, his analysis has been simulcast through several media outlets across the country including ESPN and Fox Sports.

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