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 ] In April 1997 he spent a week at Number 1 in the [3 ] 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. On May 30, 2010, Lehman won the [4 ] 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 (31) [ edit ] PGA Tour wins (5) [ edit ]
Legend Major championships (1) Other PGA Tour (4)
PGA Tour playoff record (0–3) European Tour wins (2) [ edit ]
Legend Major championships (1) Other European Tour (1) Ben Hogan Tour wins (4) [ edit ] Japan Golf Tour wins (1) [ edit ] Other wins (12) [ edit ] Champions Tour wins (7) [ edit ]
Legend Champions Tour major championships (3) Other Champions Tour (4)
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 Jeff Sluman and Craig Stadler 2 May 30, 2010 Senior PGA Championship A −7 (68-71-71-71=281) Playoff Fred Couples, David Frost 3 Feb 13, 2011 Allianz Championship −13 (65-69-69=203) 1 stroke Jeff Sluman, Rod Spittle 4 Apr 3, 2011 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic −16 (67-64-69=200) 1 stroke David Frost, Nick Price, Jeff Sluman 5 May 8, 2011 Regions Tradition −13 (67-71-68-69=275) Playoff Peter Senior 6 Jun 10, 2012 Regions Tradition −14 (69-69-68-68=274) 2 strokes Bernhard Langer, Chien Soon Lu 7 Nov 4, 2012 Charles Schwab Cup Championship −22 (68-63-62-65=258) 6 strokes Jay Haas
A This win also counts as a European Seniors Tour victory because it is a co-sanctioned event.
Champions Tour playoff record (3–0) European Seniors Tour wins (2) [ edit ]
Legend European Seniors Tour major championships (1) Other European Seniors Tour (1) Major championships [ edit ] Wins (1) [ edit ] Results timeline [ edit ]
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 ] 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 ]
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 ]
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 2012.
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.
Lehman has won the following awards:
U.S. national team appearances [ edit ] See also [ edit ] References [ edit ] ^ a b "Lehman named Champions Tour Player of the Year". PGA Tour. December 14, 2011 . Retrieved October 24, 2013. ^ Lehman, Tom (2005). A Passion for the Game. Bronze Bow Publishing. ISBN 978-1-932458-35-0. ^ "Tom Lehman Life Story". The Life Story Foundation . Retrieved October 16, 2012. ^ "Lehman-Langer team wins Legends of Golf in playoff". PGA Tour. Associated Press. April 26, 2009 . Retrieved October 24, 2013. ^ "America's Republican guard". Irish Times. September 15, 2006 . Retrieved October 16, 2012. ^ Darden, Robert; Richardson, P. J. (1996). The Way of an Eagle. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-0785277019. External links [ edit ]
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† indicates the event was won in a playoff; ‡ indicates the event was won wire-to-wire in 72-holes; # indicates the event was won by an amateur