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July 11, 2000
Worst finishes by defending champion at British Open (1970-1998): 1. Mark Calcavecchia tied 101st in 1990 2. Mark O'Meara tied 99th in 1999 3. Seve Ballesteros 76th in 1989 4. Tom Watson 67th in 1976 5. John Daly tied 66th in 1996 6. Justin Leonard 55th in 1998 Source: World Features Syndicate
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March 16, 2013 | Wire reports
Kevin Streelman figured a good round Saturday would at least get him in the mix in the Tampa Bay Championship at Palm Harbor, Fla. It wound up giving him a share of the lead. Streelman had a six-under-par 65 and was tied for the lead with Justin Leonard (67) and George Coetzee of South Africa (68). But this tournament was wide open heading into the final day, with 16 players separated by only three shots. Nine players had at least a share of the lead on a warm, pleasant day at Innisbrook.
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October 21, 2011 | Wire reports
Justin Leonard described his round Friday at Disney as a "fun, easy day," and it was every bit of that. He had a nine-under 63 for his lowest round of the year, putting him in a tie for the lead with Henrik Stenson and Bio Kim at the Children's Miracle Network Classic at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. By the time he headed for the Magic Kingdom for the parade with his four children, all was well. Leonard, Stenson (64) and Kim (65) were at 12-under 132, two shots clear of Nick O'Hern (66)
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February 20, 1998 | From Associated Press
Justin Leonard, playing some of his best golf since he won the British Open last July, shot a seven-under-par 65 Thursday to take the first-round lead at the Tucson Chrysler Classic. Tom Lehman and David Duval were a stroke back, with Jonathan Kaye, David Sutherland and Jay Delsing at 67. Defending champion Jeff Sluman and Phil Mickelson, a three-time winner at Tucson, were eight shots back.
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October 2, 1999
Grow up, Europe, and take your Ryder Cup loss like men. No amount of whimpering and moaning will bring back the Cup. You choked--deal with it. Sorry if our galleries were a little unruly, but next time tell Colin Montgomerie to keep his mouth shut and we might be more polite. Sure, we celebrated Justin Leonard's 45-footer like a bunch of kids. Get used to it. This is the Ryder Cup, American-style, and if you don't like it, in two years suck it up and try to do something about it. CLYDE HARKINS Santa Ana There is much to criticize about the Ryder Cup matches.
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July 5, 1997 | From Associated Press
Justin Leonard saw the pairings and knew he was going to enjoy the first two rounds of the Western Open at Lemont, Ill. "I was playing with two of my buddies," he said, referring to Jeff Sluman and Davis Love III. "I said to my caddie, 'Remind me to keep score and not to pick my ball up.' I was real relaxed out there today. It felt like a practice round." So relaxed was Leonard on Friday he birdied nine holes, including four of the last five, and shot an eight-under-par 64.
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August 17, 1997 | THOMAS BONK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So after three days of heat and humidity and wind and rain and double bogeys and eagles and rough tall enough to hide a courtesy car, the PGA Championship will be decided today at Winged Foot when somebody answers a few questions. First, what do you call it when a 25-year-old Texan who already has won the British Open just happens to be hotter than high noon on a Dallas sidewalk? Is it Justin time?
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March 29, 1996 | From Associated Press
It's the best field on the PGA Tour. Greg Norman is here. A slimmed-down Colin Montgomerie. Defending champion Lee Janzen. Nick Price, Steve Elkington, Ernie Els. So who is leading the The Players Championship? Justin Leonard, a nonwinner, and Kenny Perry, who has won only three times on tour, but who fashioned seven-under-par 65s to go one shot ahead of Craig Parry and two better than David Frost, Mark Calcavecchia and Kirk Triplett.
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March 30, 1998 | From Associated Press
For the third time in less than a year, Justin Leonard came from five strokes off the pace to win, shooting a closing round 67 on the Stadium Course to top Tom Lehman and Glen Day by two strokes at The Players Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. "There wasn't a lot of pressure on me, being five back," Leonard said after claiming the $720,000 first prize. "I'm a member here and I got a lot of member bounces."
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October 9, 2009 | Associated Press
One putt changed everything except the lead Thursday in the Presidents Cup. The Americans were poised to seize control in the opening session of foursomes at Harding Park, already assured of the lead and on the verge of winning the final match for a two-point advantage. Justin Leonard had a three-foot birdie putt to win -- a putt he first thought had been conceded -- and was stunned when the putt caught the right edge of the cup and spun away. The match was halved, and the Americans had to settle for a 3 1/2 -2 1/2 advantage.
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January 20, 2008 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
The last time Justin Leonard was in these parts, the 35-year-old from Dallas missed the cut at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, the speed of his departure about the same pace as a Texas two-step. Leonard is going somewhere fast again this week, speed-dialing a six-under-par 66 Saturday at the Classic Club, where he'll take a four-shot lead into today's fifth and final round of this 90-hole experience in golf course mugging. Anthony Kim, who is tied for second with Robert Gamez, D.J.
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January 12, 2006 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
The last and only time Justin Leonard won a major title was nine years ago when he was 25, and it looked as if it was only the beginning and everything seemed possible. Well, not really. Leonard, who turns 34 in June, seemed to be waiting to break out again, which is what he did last year, except in the majors. He was tied for 13th at the Masters, tied for 23rd at the U.S. Open, tied for 52nd at the British Open and missed the cut at the PGA Championship.
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May 30, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Justin Leonard sure knows how to make things interesting. Leonard frittered away most of the largest lead on the PGA Tour this year before pulling out a one-stroke victory over David Toms in the St. Jude Classic on Sunday at Memphis, the first wire-to-wire win of his career and the second on the tour this year. Starting with an eight-stroke lead, Leonard closed with a three-over-par 73 to finish at 14-under 266.
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January 31, 2005 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
He's got a new cap, new clothes and new equipment, and now that he has won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, it's nothing less than a brand new start for Justin Leonard. At 33, Leonard isn't exactly a kid anymore, even if his sheepish grin and baby-faced looks say otherwise, but when you are coming off the worst year of your career and you change pretty much everything about the way you do business, there could be some questions hanging in the air. Questions such as ...
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August 18, 2002 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trying to find something Tiger Woods hasn't done in golf is about as tough as finding Phil Mickelson's name on a major championship trophy, but consider this statistic provided by the bureau of birdies and bogeys: Woods has never come from behind after three rounds to win a professional major championship, yet that's the challenge he faces today in the final round of the 84th PGA Championship.
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January 29, 1999 | From Associated Press
Fierce winds at the Phoenix Open were an advantage for Justin Leonard, who played half a round in calm conditions and then mastered the elements when they deteriorated. "You have to play a little more strategically in the wind, and that's the way I like to play," Leonard said after shooting a four-under-par 67 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Paul Azinger at Scottsdale, Ariz. "So I certainly wasn't upset to see it start blowing."
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September 1, 1992 | From Associated Press
Justin Leonard sounded as though he was just in from a casual round of golf instead of one that allowed him to follow in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Bobby Jones as U.S. Amateur champion. "It was a lot of fun," Leonard said Monday after taking control early in an 8 and 7 victory over Thomas Scherrer at Dublin, Ohio. "It didn't seem like a lot of work. "Today I felt like I had a lot of control. I could pretty much place the ball where I wanted to.
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April 22, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Justin Leonard survived some anxious moments Sunday to win the WorldCom Classic at Hilton Head Island, S.C. He closed with a two-over-par 73 for a 14-under 270 total, a stroke ahead of Heath Slocum and two in front of Phil Mickelson. Slocum shot a 70 and Mickelson a 71. But it wouldn't be Harbour Town Golf Links for Leonard--he had never finished higher than 30th in six appearances-- without some difficulty.
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April 21, 2002 | From Wire Reports
Making up for years of frustration at Harbour Town, Justin Leonard shot a five-under-par 66 Saturday to break the WorldCom Classic's 54-hole scoring record at Hilton Head Island, S.C. Leonard, who has never finished higher than 30th in the event and thought about skipping the tournament, has thrived on the Harbour Town's tight, tree-lined fairways and small greens.
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