While Tiger was throwing clubs and slinging mucus hither and yon over in Dubai, and while Bill Murray was buying ice creams to hand out to the fans in the gallery at Pebble Beach, Tom Lehman was searching for his 3rd win on the Champions Tour. And he would find it. Lehman, who admitted that he was exhausted after enduring 54 holes in 30 hours the week prior in the Phoenix Open, never showed it on his final 9 holes of play Sunday.
After beginning the day with an inconspicuous start on the front nine that included only one birdie, one bogey, and 7 pars, Lehman ratcheted things up a notch after making the turn with a birdie on the par5 11th, and then another birdie on the par4 13th. A bogey on the par3 14th wouldn’t steal his spirit, as he would bounce back with a birdie on the par3 16th. Coming into the final hole, Lehman was tied for the lead with playing partner Rod Spittle and clubhouse leader Jeff Sluman, needing a birdie to either make it into a potential playoff or to win outright. After Spittle failed to find the hole with his birdie attempt, Lehman calmly stepped up to the ball and drained it dead-center, taking the win.
“The Champions Tour is a blessing to all of us who play out here because in most sports you’re done. The quality of play is exceptional. What motivates me is wanting to still improve. I do know I’m one of the top players out here, there’s no doubt about that. I’m not saying that to be cocky, I just know.” – Tom Lehman, after winning the Allianz Championship Sunday in Boca Raton, Florida
For a full recap of Sunday’s happenings on the Champions Tour, click HERE.
Up Next: The Ace Group Classic, Feb 18th-20th. Coverage begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. EST on The Golf Channel