Lee Janzen was added to the AT&T National field yesterday after starting the week as the ninth alternate.
The two-time U.S. Open winner certainly gained something by being in the field. But it also meant that the tournament, absent host Tiger Woods, would at least have more former major winners in this year’s field than the Booz Allen Classic did in 2006.
The group of guys who have collected a major in this year’s field are Rich Beem (2002 PGA), Fred Couples (1992 Masters), Steve Elkington (1995 PGA), Jim Furyk (2003 U.S. Open), Todd Hamilton (2004 British), Trevor Immelman (2008 Masters), Davis Love III (1997 PGA), Corey Pavin (1995 U.S. Open), Mike Weir (2003 Masters) and Janzen (1993 and 1998 U.S. Open).
In 2006 – albeit with a significantly larger field to work with – the Booz Allen had Beem, Elkington, Janzen and Pavin, along with Paul Azinger (1993 PGA), Mark Brooks (1996 PGA), Ben Curtis (2003 British), Tom Kite (1992 U.S. Open) and Bernhard Langer (1985 and 1993 Masters).
And in case anyone was wondering, last year’s AT&T National field featured 15 former major winners.