SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – There’s one round yet to play, but the engraver may be able to start etching Tom Lehman’s name on the Schwab Cup for the second consecutive year.
Lehman took the lead at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Saturday, shooting 8-under 62 to get to 17 under, one shot ahead of Fred Couples. He came into the week second in Schwab Cup points but can leapfrog Bernhard Langer with a win.
The Schwab Cup can also be Lehman’s with a top-5 finish and a below-average finish for Langer, and through three rounds at Desert Mountain, Langer isn’t as sharp as usual. The 2010 Schwab Cup champion had three consecutive bogeys late to shoot even, and he’s 6 under in a tie for 10th, 11 shots behind Lehman.
“I got it going for a little bit in the middle of the round, actually hit some really good shots for a stretch and didn’t get much out of it, then didn’t play very smart coming in,” Langer said.
It’s not over, but Langer appears to need one of the rounds of 60 to 62 that have been seen this week on the Cochise Course.
“That’s gotta be my mindset tomorrow, pretty much go at everything,” Langer said. “At this point it doesn’t matter if I drop further back, I need to make a move forward. Need a low one to make up some ground, to have any hope.”
Otherwise, the Schwab Cup will have its first back-to-back champion in Lehman.