Bob Tway and Lee Janzen are in position to win halfway through the BellSouth Classic, a spot neither has been in too often during long losing streaks.
Tway and Janzen made the best of late tee times yesterday in Duluth, Ga., and finished tied at 8 under par in the second round of the final tuneup before the Masters. Defending champ Retief Goosen was two shots back, with four more players tied another shot behind.
Tway hasn't won in more than eight years, and Janzen's last victory came in the 1998 U.S. Open. In his past three tournaments, Tway hasn't finished worse than 17th, with a tie for fourth at the Bob Hope Classic and a third at the Ford Championship.
"I just figure the more times that I give myself a chance, then maybe one time I'll sneak in there," Tway said. "If I can continue to do that and feel more and more comfortable about being in the last few groups, then I think one of these days I'll get there."
Janzen hasn't had that kind of success this season, and his five-year exemption status following his last victory expires at the end of the year.
He faced a similar problem in 1998, five years after his first win in the Open, and responded by winning it again.
"I'm well aware of that," Janzen said. "You know, I haven't won because I haven't played well enough. I can't come up with any better explanation than that.
"I've wanted to win, and I've worked at it. I feel more peaceful about it, feel better about my opportunities. I think I would handle it better."
* LPGA: Annika Sorenstam had an adventurous first nine holes before steadying for a 4-under 68 to take the first-round lead in the Office Depot Championship in Los Angeles.
Cindy Figg-Currier, who took off last year to have a baby, opened with a 70 at El Caballero Country Club and was alone in second place.
Alison Nicholas of England, Lorena Ochoa of Mexico and Yu Ping Lin of Taiwan gave the leader board a distinctive international flair. All had 71s that left them three strokes back of Sorenstam, the LPGA star from Sweden.