TOM LEHMAN sunk a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the 2014 Encompass Championship at the North Shore Country Club in Chicago by a stroke.
The 55-year-old Lehman closed with a 2-under 70 to finish on 15-under for his eighth senior title and first since 2012.
“It wasn’t my very best performance today, but it was good enough,” Lehman said.
Michael Allen (67) and Kirk Triplett (68) tied for second on 14-under.
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.
Australia’s Steve Elkington had a final round even par 72 to finish on 6-under tied for 29th while Peter Senior (73) was T33 on 5-under.
The over 50’s golfers play their third major of the year this week with the Senior Players Championship teeing off at the Fox Chapel Golf Club in Pittsburgh.
The 2014 US Senior Open follows at the Oak Tree Golf Club in Oklahoma City July 10 – 13 with the Senior British Open at Royal Porthcawl Colf Club in Wales July 24 – 27.US Champions Tour Leaderboard