Despite little initial success as a professional, plying his trade at a lower level and further afield, his perseverance and single-mindedness paid off. The first American to win at Royal Lytham St Anne’s since Bobby Jones in 1926, the 125th Open Championship was Tom Lehman’s Major victory. Lehman commented, “winning the Open was the single most important victory in my golfing career”. His 54-hole total in 1998 is still the lowest in Open history and he won by two shots from Ernie Els and Mark McCumber. He has since won a further Major, this time the Senior PGA Championship, aswell as titles on the European and Champions Tour.
1996 and 1997 were particularly good years for Lehman. Not only was there a Major victory, but he was top of the PGA Tour money list in 1996 and in 1997 sat at the top of the world golf rankings for a week.
In 2006, Tom Lehman captained the USA team at the K Club in Ireland. Unfortunately for the USA, it was a convincing loss, but Lehman has always enjoyed the team format. He has also played in three further Ryder Cups, including The Battle of Brookline and has been on the winning team in three Presidents Cups.
|Ryder Cup Captain||2006|
|European Tour Wins||1|
|Senior Tour Majors||1|
|PGA Tour Wins||4|
|PGA Champions Tour Wins||11|
|Weeks World Number 1||1|