Tom Lehman wins Champions Tour event

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 22, 2014 at 6:20 pm •  Published: June 22, 2014
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GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) — After struggling with his putting much of the round, Tom Lehman made a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Champions Tour's Encompass Championship.

The 55-year-old Lehman closed with a 2-under 70 at North Shore and had a 15-under 201 total for his eighth senior title and first since 2012. He rebounded from bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14 — his only dropped strokes of the week — with birdies on Nos. 15 and 16, parred the par-3 17th and won on the par-4 18th.

"It wasn't my very best performance today, but it was good enough," Lehman said.

Michael Allen and Kirk Triplett tied for second, a stroke back. Allen shot 67, and Triplett had a 68.

Lehman, the 1996 British Open winner, opened with rounds of 65 and 66 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round. He ended a 27-event victory drought and won $270,000.

"The check is sweet, but the trophy is sweeter," Lehman said.

His last win was the Schwab Cup Championship at the end of the 2012 season.

Lehman, who was bogey-free and made 13 birdies in the first two rounds, parred the first 11 holes before birdieing No. 12.

"I had a rough start and wasn't putting like I did the first two days," Lehman said. "It put me in a bit of a bind. After 14, I told my caddie, 'Let's have the best four holes of the week.'"

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