13 to watch for 2013: No. 1 Tom Lehman

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Tom Lehman became the first repeat Charles Schwab Cup champion in 2012.
January 13, 2013
Vartan Kupelian

Is there a three-peat in Tom Lehman’s future?

In 2012, Lehman became the first player to win back-to-back Charles Schwab Cup titles. He did it in style, winning the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship with an impressive performance. He played the final three rounds in 63-62-65 on the Cochise Course at Desert Mountain.

"It was a great week from start to finish," Lehman said afterwards. "Absolutely, I played some of my best golf of the year. I'm very, very fortunate and thankful to be able to kind of bring my best when I needed it."

Lehman’s first victory of 2012 came in a major championship, the Regions Tradition. It foreshadowed what would be a key storyline on the Champions Tour throughout the campaign. Bernhard Langer tied for second and the Lehman-Langer race to the finish would be a central plot to the season. Lehman won the Regions Tradition for the second straight year and it was his third Champions Tour major.

Lehman fell just short of successive major titles when he trailed Joe Daley to the finish line at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. Lehman also finished tied for runner-up at the U.S. Senior Open.

There were many high points to the season for Lehman, and it earned Lehman the Champions Tour Player of the Year honors. It is an honor that Langer said is well-deserved.

“Tom Lehman had a fantastic year and a very good week," Langer said after the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. “He deserves to win. He deserves to be the champion. When it was necessary he put the pedal to the metal and that's what it takes."

Putting the pedal to the metal will be Lehman’s goal again in 2013.

2012 QUICK REVIEW

Best finishes 1st Regions Tradition, Charles Schwab Cup Championship
By the Numbers
Starts: 19
Cuts made: 19
Top-10 finishes: 12
Schwab Cup ranking: 1st
Money List rank: 2nd
Champions Tour ranking
Driving distance: 4th
Driving accuracy: 12th
Greens in regulation: 1st
Putts per round: 46th
Scoring average: 3rd
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