Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tom Lehman credits a ski trip to Steamboat for his success on the Champions Tour this year
He may be the only man to win a tournament on all three professional golf tours in America. Tom Lehman won on the old Hogan Tour (now Nationwide) at 31, a multi-winner on the PGA Tour, and has captured 3 events on the Champions Tour this season at age 52. At the end of last year, Tom Lehman feared his competitive playing days might be over unless he underwent knee replacement surgery. The arthritis was killing him, so Lehman figured "what do I have to lose". A lifelong skier, Tom decided to take his family to Colorado on a ski vacation between Christmas and New Years. To his shock and amazement, working his legs on the slopes healed his arthritic knee and now he is pain free. He's also in position as the top money winner on the Champions Tour circuit this season to capture the coveted Schwab Cup, which goes to the season's top purse producer. Tom Lehman can finish last in the field of 30 this week at Harding Park in San Francisco and still finish on top in the money race. Mark Calcavecchia is a distant second in the current standings, and appears to be the only player who could deny Lehman the Schwab Cup Championship. There are a couple others potentially able to vault past Lehman including defending champ John Cook and Peter Senior, but they would need to win this week, and Tom Lehman finish last. A very unlikely scenario.