TOM LEHMAN spoilt what looked to be Bernhard Langer’s party with a clean sweep of the 2012 US Champions Tour end of season riches.
Lehman birdied four of the last five holes to show the field a clean pair of heals at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at the Desert Mountain Cochise Golf Course in Arizona.
Lehman won not just the tournament trophy (plus US$440,000) but also the season long Charles Schwab points race – which includes a very handy US$1 million annuity – and probably the player of the year title as well. Fellow players vote on the latter but it will be hard to ignore Lehman, who also won a Champions Tour Major earlier in the season.
Lehman also became the first player to win the season points title two years running.
Lehman finished with rounds of 68-63-62-65 for a six stroke victory over Jay Haas (69), who in the second round came within a whisker of being the first player on the Champions Tour to score a 59.
Defending champion Jay Don Blake (66) finished third on 14-under while Lehman’s final round playing partner, Fred Couples, finally ran out of puff after coming into the event from a two month back injury lay off. After a 62 in the third round, Couples couldn’t find a birdie till the last hole and finished with a 73, tied for fourth with Fred Funk on 13-under.
Langer came into the tournament with a clear lead in the points race and with relentless form in recent times seemed an unstoppable force.
The German failed to match the scoring heroics of some of the others in the opening rounds (69-65-70) and although he finished with a 5-under 65 in the final round was never close enough to put real pressure on Lehman.
Peter Senior finishes 11th on 2012 Champions Tour money list
Peter Senior had a 66 in the second round but didn’t get below 71 with the other three. He finished at 1-over in 24th position after a final round 1-over 71.
That’s 24th in a field of 30 in what was the tour championship, but still all in all a very good year for the 53 year old Australian.
In 23 events Senior had one second placing, two third placings, ten top tens and 18 top 25’s.
Senior finished 15th in the Charles Schwab Cup points race and 11th on the money list with US$1,077, 781 in winnings for the year.2012 Charles Schwab Cup Championship Final Results