TOM LEHMANGame 442 | May 24, 1993 | Tom Lehman
A University of Minnesota graduate who learned to golf in Alexandria, Lehman struggled early to make it on the pro tour. He qualifed briefly from 1983-1985, but spent most of the next six years playing in golfs minor leagues or foreign tours. He was the top money winner on the Ben Hogan Tour in 1991 and stuck with the PGA from 1992 on. He won his first tournament, the Memorial, in 1994, the same year he finished second in The Masters.
Game 499 | June 28, 1996 | Tom Lehman
The highlight of Lehman's professional golf career came in 1996 when he won the British Open. He was named PGA Tour Player of the Year that season. Saying he was playing his best golf in years, the Alexandria, Minnesota, native spoke to Dunkers just 23 days before his two-stroke victory over Ernie Els at Royal Lytham.
Game 916 | July 2, 2019 | Tom Lehman, Viktor Hovland, John Harris
Just a day before the start of the first year of the new 3M Tournament, Lehman recalled that he appeared at Dunkers in 1996 and won the British Open just 23 days later. Hovland, a 21-year-old Oslo, Norway, native, had just won the U.S. Amateur and was new to the pro tour. Lehman, asked for this favorite golf story, told of the time he was paired with his wife in a mixed doubles event. On the first he hit a 285-yard drive down the middle, She shanked the next shot into the right rough. He hit a shot onto the green just 15 feet from the hole n the par 5, Her putt rolled 20 feet past the pin and he made the par putt coming back. En route to the second hole he commented that they were going to need to step up their game. “I don’t know why you’re mad at me,” she said. “I only had two shots on that hole and you took three.” John Harris moderated the discussion.
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