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Tom Lehman leads Champions Tour event

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 21, 2014 at 6:41 pm •  Published: June 21, 2014
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GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Tom Lehman opened a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Champions Tour's Encompass Championship, shooting a bogey-free 6-under 66 before play was suspended because of a thunderstorm.

Lehman had a 13-under 131 total at North Shore Country Club, playing the first 36 holes without a bogey. The 55-year-old Minnesotan won the last of his seven senior titles in 2012.

"It's been a while since I had one bogey-free round, and to do two in a row is special," Lehman said. "I haven't missed many putts inside 6 feet. If you were to rate whether I'm making the most of my opportunities, I think you'd say I'm doing pretty well."

The 1996 British Open winner chipped in from 20 feet for a birdie and made five putts, the longest from 7 feet, for his other birdies.

"I had kind of a junky lie but it played like a little bunker shot," Lehman said about the birdie chip on the par-4 13th. "I hit a good second shot and the wind carried it just a bit. It would have been a shame to make a bogey."

Thirty-one players were unable to finish the round.

Kirk Triplett, John Inman, Roger Chapman and Bart Bryant were 10 under. Triplett and Inman shot 67, Chapman had a 68, and Bryant had two holes left when play was washed out for the day. Bryant was 5 under for the day.

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