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Lehman makes history

Former Alexandrian Tom Lehman, shown here during a visit to a recent Resorters Golf Tournament, won his second straight Champions Tour title. (File photo, Echo Press)

Alexandria native Tom Lehman continued to cement himself as the top player going on the Champions Tour after running away with the Charles Schwab Cup Championship this past weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Lehman knew a win would secure his place in history as the first player to ever win the season points total two straight years on the Champions Tour. He then went out and made that happen behind a 65 on the final day that gave him a four-day total of 22-under 258. That was six shots better than second-place finisher Jay Haas.

"There's a lot of times in this world where you need to play well and you don't," Lehman said in a article written by John Schwarb. "This is one of those weeks where I needed to, and I did. All in all, it's a bit of a dream-come-true week."

Lehman came into Sunday with a one-stroke lead after three steady rounds earlier in the tournament. He shot 68, 63, 62 to set himself up for a special final round. Lehman played his best down the stretch, birdying four of his final five holes to secure the title. He missed an eagle on the 18th by mere inches before tapping in for a birdie to end it.

His 258 broke a Champions Tour record for the lowest number ever carded in a 72-hole event. Jack Nicklaus held the previous record of 261, set in 1990.

Lehman, 53 and a resident of Scottsdale, also won the 2012 Regions Tradition earlier this season. He now has seven wins in 62 career starts on the 50-and-over Champions Tour. He had 12 top-10 finishes this year and his 3,082 points was 435 better than Bernhard Langer in the point standings.

Lehman is the fifth player to win two point titles on the tour. Hale Irwin (2002, 2004), Tom Watson (2003, 2005), Haas (2006, 2008) and Loren Roberts (2007, 2009) have also accomplished that feat.