Tom Lehman

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Tom Lehman
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Thomas Edward Lehman
Born (1959-03-07) March 7, 1959 (age 55)
Austin, Minnesota
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15.4 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Scottsdale, Arizona
Career
College University of Minnesota
Turned professional 1982
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 34
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 5
European Tour 2
Japan Golf Tour 1
Web.com Tour 4
Champions Tour 8
European Seniors Tour 2
Other 12
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament 2nd: 1994
U.S. Open T2: 1996
The Open Championship Won: 1996
PGA Championship T10: 1997
Achievements and awards
Ben Hogan Tour
leading money winner
1991
Ben Hogan Tour
Player of the Year
1991
PGA Player of the Year 1996
PGA Tour
Player of the Year
1996
Vardon Trophy 1996
Byron Nelson Award 1996
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1996
Payne Stewart Award 2010
Arnold Palmer Award
(Champions Tour
Money List Winner)
2011
Jack Nicklaus Trophy
(Champions Tour
Player of the Year)
2011, 2012
(For a full list of awards, see here)

Thomas Edward Lehman (born March 7, 1959) is an American professional golfer. His tournament wins include one major title, the 1996 Open Championship; and he is the only golfer in history to have been awarded the Player of the Year honor on all three PGA Tours: the regular PGA Tour, the Web.com Tour and the Champions Tour.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

Lehman was born in Austin, Minnesota, but Alexandria, Minnesota is credited as his official Minnesota hometown. He attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with a degree in Business/Accounting and turned professional in 1982.

Professional career[edit]

It took him many years to become a leading tour professional. He played on the PGA Tour with little success from 1983 to 1985, and was then obliged to play elsewhere for the following six seasons. This included time in Asia and South Africa and on the second tier Ben Hogan Tour in the United States. He regained his PGA Tour card by topping the Ben Hogan Tour's 1991 money list, and has enjoyed unbroken membership of the PGA Tour since 1992. He was named PGA Tour Player of the Year in 1996.

From 1995 to 1997 Lehman held the 54-hole lead at the U.S. Open, but each time failed to win. During this period he won his only major championship to date, the 1996 Open Championship.[2][3] In April 1997 he spent a week at Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He has won five times on the PGA Tour, but in addition to his Open win these wins have included the season-ending Tour Championship and Memorial Tournament, and he has won at least nineteen professional events in total.

Lehman was captain of the defeated United States 2006 Ryder Cup team.

In April 2009, Lehman became the 13th Champions Tour player to win his debut tournament. He teamed with Bernhard Langer to win the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in a playoff over Jeff Sluman and Craig Stadler.[4] On May 30, 2010, Lehman won the Senior PGA Championship in a playoff over Fred Couples and David Frost for his first Champions Tour major championship. In 2011, Lehman topped the Champions Tour money list and was voted the Champions Tour Player of the Year. He is the first golfer to win "Player of the Year" honors on all three tours operated by the PGA Tour.[1]

In June 2012, Lehman defended his title at the Regions Tradition, to win his third senior major championship. He won by two strokes from Germany's Bernhard Langer and Taiwan's Chien Soon Lu. In his next major appearance at the Senior Players Championship, he finished runner-up, two strokes behind Joe Daley.

Personal[edit]

Lehman and his wife Melissa live in Arizona. They have four children. Lehman is a Christian.[5][6]

Professional wins (34)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (5)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (4)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 May 22, 1994 Memorial Tournament −20 (67-67-67-67=268) 5 strokes Australia Greg Norman
2 May 12, 1995 Colonial National Invitation −9 (67-68-68-68=271) 1 stroke Australia Craig Parry
3 Jul 21, 1996 The Open Championship −13 (67-67-64-73=271) 2 strokes South Africa Ernie Els, United States Mark McCumber
4 Oct 28, 1996 The Tour Championship −12 (66-67-64-71=268) 6 strokes United States Brad Faxon
5 Jan 30, 2000 Phoenix Open −14 (63-67-73-67=270) 1 stroke Australia Robert Allenby, United States Rocco Mediate

PGA Tour playoff record (0–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1997 Mercedes Championships United States Tiger Woods Lost to birdie on first extra hole
2 1999 Bay Hill Invitational United States Tim Herron Lost to birdie on second extra hole
3 2006 The International United States Dean Wilson Lost to birdie on second extra hole

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other European Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jul 21, 1996 The Open Championship −13 (67-67-64-73=271) 2 strokes South Africa Ernie Els, United States Mark McCumber
2 Jul 12, 1997 Gulfstream Loch Lomond World Invitational −19 (65-66-67-67=265) 4 strokes South Africa Ernie Els

Ben Hogan Tour wins (4)[edit]

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (12)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (8)[edit]

Legend
Champions Tour major championships (3)
Other Champions Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Apr 26, 2009 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with Bernhard Langer)
−27 (61-66-62=189) Playoff United States Jeff Sluman and United States Craig Stadler
2 May 30, 2010 Senior PGA ChampionshipA −7 (68-71-71-71=281) Playoff United States Fred Couples, South Africa David Frost
3 Feb 13, 2011 Allianz Championship −13 (65-69-69=203) 1 stroke United States Jeff Sluman, Canada Rod Spittle
4 Apr 3, 2011 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic −16 (67-64-69=200) 1 stroke South Africa David Frost, Zimbabwe Nick Price, United States Jeff Sluman
5 May 8, 2011 Regions Tradition −13 (67-71-68-69=275) Playoff Australia Peter Senior
6 Jun 10, 2012 Regions Tradition −14 (69-69-68-68=274) 2 strokes Germany Bernhard Langer, Taiwan Chien Soon Lu
7 Nov 4, 2012 Charles Schwab Cup Championship −22 (68-63-62-65=258) 6 strokes United States Jay Haas
8 Jun 22, 2014 Encompass Championship −15 (65-66-70=201) 1 stroke United States Michael Allen, United States Kirk Triplett

A This win also counts as a European Seniors Tour victory because it is a co-sanctioned event.

Champions Tour playoff record (3–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2009 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf
(with Bernhard Langer)
United States Jeff Sluman & United States Craig Stadler Won with par on second extra hole
2 2010 Senior PGA Championship United States Fred Couples, South Africa David Frost Won with par on first extra hole
3 2011 Regions Tradition Australia Peter Senior Won with par on second extra hole

European Seniors Tour wins (2)[edit]

Legend
European Seniors Tour major championships (1)
Other European Seniors Tour (1)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 May 30, 2010 Senior PGA Championship −7 (68-71-71-71=281) Playoff United States Fred Couples, South Africa David Frost
2 Dec 11, 2011 MCB Tour Championship −12 (65-68-71=204) 1 stroke South Africa David Frost

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
1996 The Open Championship 6 shot lead −13 (67-67-64-73=271) 2 strokes South Africa Ernie Els, United States Mark McCumber

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT CUT DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP T3 2 40 T18 T12 CUT T31
U.S. Open CUT DNP T6 T19 T33 3 T2 3 T5 T28
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP T59 T24 DNP 1 T24 CUT CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP CUT T39 CUT T14 T10 T29 T34
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament 6 T18 CUT CUT DNP T13 CUT DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T23 T24 T45 DNP DNP CUT CUT DNP DNP T47
The Open Championship T4 CUT CUT T46 CUT T23 CUT T51 T32 T60
PGA Championship WD CUT T29 CUT DNP CUT CUT T69 T42 T60
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T14 T22 CUT T58
PGA Championship T55 DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 1 1 2 3 7 13 9
U.S. Open 0 1 2 4 5 8 18 12
The Open Championship 1 0 0 2 2 7 20 13
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 17 10
Totals 1 2 3 8 11 24 68 44
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (1996 Masters – 1997 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1996 U.S. Open – 1996 Open Championship)

Results in World Golf Championship events[edit]

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 R32 R16 QF R64 DNP R32 4
CA Championship T25 DNP NT1 T39 DNP DNP 61 DNP
Bridgestone Invitational T15 T31 DNP T38 DNP DNP T41 T42

1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew from tournament
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No Tournament
Yellow background for top-10.

Senior major championships[edit]

Wins (3)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
2010 Senior PGA Championship Tied for the lead −7 (68-71-71-71=281) Playoff1 United States Fred Couples, South Africa David Frost
2011 Regions Tradition 2 shot deficit −13 (67-71-68-69=275) Playoff2 Australia Peter Senior
2012 Regions Tradition 2 shot lead −14 (69-69-68-68=274) 2 strokes Germany Bernhard Langer, Taiwan Chien Soon Lu

1Defeated Couples (6) and Frost (6), who shot 2-over par double bogey on the first sudden-death-playoff hole, and Lehman shot a (4) on the hole, which was even-par.
2Defeated Senior with a par on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Results timeline[edit]

Results are not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
The Tradition T8 T4 1 1 T22 T3
Senior PGA Championship T22 1 T22 T29 DNP T48
Senior Players Championship DNP DNP 4 2 T16 T20
U.S. Senior Open T8 T12 T23 T2 T9
Senior British Open Championship T58 T11 T21 T10 T26

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Awards[edit]

Lehman has won the following awards:

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lehman named Champions Tour Player of the Year". PGA Tour. December 14, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ Lehman, Tom (2005). A Passion for the Game. Bronze Bow Publishing. ISBN 978-1-932458-35-0. 
  3. ^ "Tom Lehman Life Story". The Life Story Foundation. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lehman-Langer team wins Legends of Golf in playoff". PGA Tour. Associated Press. April 26, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ "America's Republican guard". Irish Times. September 15, 2006. Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ Darden, Robert; Richardson, P. J. (1996). The Way of an Eagle. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-0785277019. 

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