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April 30, 2014

Classic has another major entry in Janzen

VALDOSTA — It had been known for awhile that a former major champion would be in the South Georgia Classic for the second straight year.

But this time John Daly will not be alone at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club when the eighth Classic is played Thursday through Sunday. When the tee times were released Tuesday afternoon, two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen among the field. Janzen, 49, will open the tournament at 8:25 a.m. Thursday alongside Edward Loar and Brett Stegmaier on hole No. 10.

Janzen and his resume, which includes nine PGA Tour wins including the 1993 and 1998 Opens along with the 1995 Players Championship, is a welcomed addition to the Classic field, said tournament manager Joerdan Simpson, who added he wasn’t sure exactly when Janzen decided to enter the tournament.

“It’s a great thing to get another big past major champion in our field,” Simpson said. “We look forward to having him here for the week. With Lee Janzen along with John Daly, we have some big names in the field along with some great young guys that are still looking to make a name for themselves.

“We should have a great week of competition out here.”

Time to tee off

Daly, the former PGA Championship and British Open winner and fan favorite, will start his second Classic on the 10th tee at 7:35 a.m. Thursday. Oscar Fraustro and Greg Owen round out the pairing with Daly, who was expected to arrive in town Tuesday evening. The threesome will start their second round on the first tee at 12:50 p.m. Friday.

Luke List, the 2012 winner, opens the Classic at 8:05 a.m. Thursday on hole No. 1 with Scott Dunlap and Shane Bertsch. They start the second round at 1:20 p.m. Friday on No. 10. John Kimbell, who won the inaugural event, is in a group that includes Zach Fullerton and Jeff Curl which tees off on No. 1 at 8:55 a.m. Thursday and on No. 10 at 2:10 p.m. Friday. Garth Mulroy, the last former Classic winner (2009) in the field, opens Thursday on No. 10 at 1 p.m. with Carlos Franco and Bobby Gates. The group starts the second round at 7:45 a.m. Friday on No. 1.

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