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Tom Lehman

  • Birthplace: Austin, MN
  • Residence: Scottsdale, AZ; plays out of DC Ranch
  • Birth Date: March 7, 1959
  • height: 6-2
  • Turned Pro: 1982

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PGA TOUR Victories

(5) 1994,Memorial Tournament. 1995,Colonial National Invitation. 1996,British Open Championship, THE TOUR Championship. 2000,Phoenix Open.

International Victories

(2): 1993 Casio World Open [Jpn]. 1997 Loch Lomond World Invitational [Eur].

Other Victories

(7): 1995 Hyundai Team Matches [with Duffy Waldorf]. 1996 Hyundai Team Matches [with Duffy Waldorf], PGA Grand Slam of Golf, Skins Game. 1997 Skins Game, Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge [with Fred Couples and Phil Mickelson]. 1999 Target World Challenge presented by Williams. 2000 Hyundai Team Matches [with Duffy Waldorf].

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$240,738 (136)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

T8-- Transitions Championship.

PGA TOUR Best Round

68 at Round 2, Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun. 68 at Round 1, Transitions Championship. 68 at Round 3, Transitions Championship. 68 at Round 3, Verizon Heritage.

Champions Tour Highlights

Had a successful debut on the Champions Tour in April. Teamed with Bernhard Langer to win the title at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in a two-hole playoff with Jeff Sluman and Craig Stadler. After Langer and Stadler traded 45-foot birdie putts on the first extra hole, Lehman made a par on the second hole to claim the title for his team. The victory made him the 13th player to win his Champions Tour debut and it marked the second consecutive year the event had at least one first-time winner. Andy North (with Tom Watson) won in 2008...He was the 54-hole leader at the PGA TOUR's Transitions Championship after three rounds in the 60s, his first third-round lead in more than four years. Playing out of the Minor Medical category, he needed to finish T7 or better to improve status but shot 75 and finished T8 for his first top-10 since 2008 THE PLAYERS Championship.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Memorial Tournament, Colonial National Invitation, British Open Championship, THE TOUR Championship, Phoenix Open.

2008 Season Highlights

Recorded two top-10s and placed 142nd on the PGA TOUR money list, his lowest finish since 1991. Also made just 17 starts, the least since 1991, and didn't play after The Barclays. Will use a one-time exemption of Top 25 on the PGA TOUR career money list with a secondary exemption of a Minor Medical Extension for 2009. On the medical exemption, has six events to earn $176,101, which combined with 2008 earnings of $676,651, would equal 2008's No. 125 earnings and subsequently be upgraded to Major Medical Extension status for the remainder of 2009...First top-10 of the season was a T8 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It was his fifth top-10 at Bay Hill out of 16 starts in Orlando...Recorded his sixth top-10 in his 17th appearance at THE PLAYERS with a T6 finish. Continued success on the par-3 17th where he is 11-under par in 62 career rounds, including hitting land 61 times...Becomes eligible to join the Champions Tour at the 2009 AT&T Champions Classic in March.

Career Highlights

2007: Finished in the top 125 on the money list for the 16th consecutive season on the strength of three top-10s...Opened with three rounds in the 60s en route to a T5 finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, five strokes behind champion Vijay Singh...Claimed T5 finish at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Despite numerous rain delays, posted four rounds in the 60s for the first time since the 2004 Michelin Championship at Las Vegas...Carded three rounds in the 60s to finish T6 at the Travelers Championship. 2006: Posted best finish on money list since 2001, dividing time between competition and Ryder Cup Captain duties for the United States squad, which lost at Oakland Hills...Credited much of on-course success to fitness regimen where he lost approximately 25 pounds between August 2005 and February 2006...Finished fourth at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, falling to Zach Johnson in the consolation match, 1-up...Recorded the 19th runner-up finish of his career, losing to Dean Wilson in a playoff at The INTERNATIONAL. The two ended regulation with 34 points in the Modified Stableford format, but Wilson's birdie on the second extra hole dropped Lehman's career playoff record to 0-3...Withdrew from World Golf Championships-American Express Championship following the Ryder Cup to attend Byron Nelson's funeral. 2005: T2 at the Buick Invitational. Birdied the last six holes on the North Course during first round to finish at 10-under 62 (matched career low). Increased the lead to three through 36 holes in matching the tournament record at 15-under 129 (Lenny Clements-1996). Shared the 54-hole lead with Luke Donald after a 1-over 73. Paired with eventual winner Tiger Woods for 31 holes on Sunday due to fog delays throughout the first two rounds. Finished three back of Woods after bogeying the final two holes...Finished as runner-up for the second time in his career at THE PLAYERS Championship. Played 27 holes on Monday, including a tournament-best final-round 4-under 68, which carried him into the clubhouse at 8-under 280. Fell one shot short as Fred Funk converted an up-and-down par from a greenside bunker on the 72nd hole. 2004: On November 3, was named 2006 Ryder Cup captain by the PGA of America...After struggling most of the year, posted top-10s in four of last five starts. In final three starts, held at least a share of the lead entering the final round...Aided by a final-round 64, posted his first top-10 of the year, a T4 at the Bell Canadian Open and the first since a T8 at the 2003 Buick Classic...A month later at the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas, finished T2, one back of winner Andre Stolz...Entered final round of Chrysler Classic of Greensboro tied for the lead with Brent Geiberger at 12-under. Finished T4...Tied for the lead with Briny Baird entering the final round of the FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort, but was overtaken by rookie Ryan Palmer's final-round 62. Finished T6. 2003: Earned first top-10 with solo second at AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, his best finish since T2 at the 2001 Invensys Classic at Las Vegas. Entered 72nd hole tied with Davis Love III at 13-under-par. Love two-putted 18 for birdie to claim one-shot victory 2002: 74th on the money list was the lowest since he returned to the TOUR full-time in 1992...Converted to a long putter at the WORLDCOM CLASSIC in April. 2001: Runner-up at Sony Open in Hawaii...Winner of Charles Bartlett Award, given by GWAA for unselfish contributions to golf. Has raised several million dollars through his charity tournament in Minneapolis and is involved with "Match Point," a Phoenix program that matches adults with troubled children...With opening rounds of 63-62 in Invensys Classic, shared first-round lead and held second-round lead outright. Finished T2, one stroke behind Bob Estes. First two rounds tied PGA TOUR record for opening two rounds. 2000: Had most financially rewarding season of 12-year career with earnings of $2,068,499 and a 12th-place finish on the TOUR money list...Kicked off the season in red-hot fashion with three consecutive top-10s, including his first official money TOUR victory since winning the 1996 THE TOUR Championship...At the Phoenix Open, earned his fifth PGA TOUR title. Drained 10-foot putt for par on final hole then watched Robert Allenby miss a five-footer that would have forced a playoff...Came close at MCI Classic, where he held clubhouse lead on Sunday after shooting 65. Stewart Cink's own closing 65 snatched away win...Withdrew from INTERNATIONAL due to torn cartilage in right knee, then underwent surgery prior to PGA Championship...Participated in third Presidents Cup and compiled a 3-2 record while lending support to victorious United States team...Prior to official money season, was victorious in unofficial Williams World Challenge. 1999: Made successful return to form from off-season shoulder surgery...Four runner-up finishes that year-Bay Hill Invitational, Greater Milwaukee Open, FedEx St. Jude Classic and Buick Open-were most ever for him in a single season. 1998: Turned in T2 at THE PLAYERS Championship and T5 at the U.S. Open, his third straight top-five finish at the event...Did not make the cut at the British Open after suffering a separated right shoulder just prior to the event while on a family outing in England. Was attempting a handstand for his children when the mishap occurred and played with the injury the remainder of the year before undergoing surgery in November in the Los Angeles area. 1997: Tied with Tiger Woods after 54 holes at the Mercedes Championships and after final round was canceled, the two played off at the par-3 seventh hole. Lehman hit his tee shot in the water, Woods then hit to tap-in range for victory...At U.S. Open, water at 71st hole kept him from chance at victory and finished third, two strokes behind Ernie Els. Joined Bobby Jones as only player to lead U.S. Open after three rounds three straight years...With T4 at MCI Classic, moved to No. 1 in Official World Golf Ranking. Only second player from U.S. to lead World Ranking at the time, following Fred Couples, who led for 15 weeks in 1992. Relinquished spot the next week when Greg Norman was second at Spanish Open. 1996: PGA TOUR Player of the Year...Leading money-winner with then-record $1,780,159...First victory came at British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. After consecutive 67s, shared 36-hole lead with Paul McGinley. Followed with a course-record 64 in third round to lead Nick Faldo by six strokes and his closing round 73 was enough for a two-stroke victory over Ernie Els and Mark McCumber. First American professional to win at that venue and the first since amateur Bobby Jones in 1926...Closed out year with dominant performance at TOUR Championship. After sharing first-round lead with Vijay Singh at 66, shot 67 to open a four-stroke margin after 36 holes. Led by nine after bogey-free 64, eventually winning by six over Brad Faxon. 1995: Earned second win at Colonial National Invitation...Opened that season with second at United Airlines Hawaiian Open...After MCI Classic, missed a month of the season due to colon surgery...Third at U.S. Open after sharing 54-hole lead with Greg Norman. 1994: First served notice of things to come with breakthrough season that included his first TOUR victory at Memorial Tournament. That win helped him secure first $1-million season on TOUR...Earlier that year was runner-up to Jose Maria Olazabal at Masters. 1992: In first year back on PGA TOUR was 24th on money list, including T2 at Hardee's Golf Classic. 1991: Won three times on the Nationwide Tour...Was that tour's top money-winner and Player of the Year. 1990: Won once on the Nationwide Tour in 1990. 1985: After three lukewarm seasons on TOUR from 1983-85, played in Asia, South Africa and elsewhere for the rest of the 1980s.

Personal

Awarded the first Byron Nelson Prize by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas at the 2007 EDS Byron Nelson Championship Opening Ceremony. The Byron Nelson Prize is awarded to a person or organization in the golf world who exemplifies the ideals of "giving back" that Byron Nelson personified. The Salesmanship Club of Dallas awarded $100,000 to the McKenzie Monks Foundation, an organization that helps kids cope with cancer. Said Lehman about the honor, "I've been inspired in my life by Byron Nelson. He's inspired me to want to be a better golfer but more importantly a better person."...Credits marriage with giving him focus to do well on TOUR...Brother, Jim Lehman, Jr., is his agent...His wife, Melissa, was enlisted as his caddie at 1998 Nissan Open when regular caddie Andy Martinez suffered two broken ribs in a pickup basketball game the night before the start of the event. Went to a lighter carry bag instead of the heavier TOUR version...Lehman Design Group design projects include the Somerby Golf Club in Byron, MN, former site of the Nationwide Tour's Rochester Area Charities Showdown at Somerby; the TPC Twin Cities, done with Arnold Palmer, as the site of the 3M Championship on the Champions Tour in Minneapolis; and The Gallery Golf Club in Tucson, AZ, co-designed with John Fought, formerly host of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

0-3

National Teams

The Presidents Cup (3), 1994, 1996, 2000; Ryder Cup (3), 1995, 1997, 1999, 2006 (Captain); World Cup, 1996; Dunhill Cup (2) 1999, 2000.

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