Lehman wins shortened Principal Charity Classic
Severe weather causes cancellation of final round; Lehman finishes 13 under after 36 holes
June 10, 2018
By The Associated Press
- June 10, 2018
- Tom Lehman won for the 11th time on PGA TOUR Champions. (Courtesy of Ted Sandeen Photography)
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Tom Lehman was standing outside of a Des Moines-area makeup shop waiting for his daughter/caddie when he got the call to head back to Wakonda Club.
Lehman told Rachael Chapman to pay her bill at Sephora as quickly as possible -- because dad had a trophy waiting for him at the course.
Lehman, the second-round leader, took the Principal Charity Classic after weather washed out the final round Sunday.
Tournament officials had delayed the start of the third round by nearly five hours because of bands of light but persistent rain before calling the event.
With Lehman set to tee off last, he and Chapman went to a nearby mall to kill some time before the weather cleared out. But it never did -- with officials delaying it nine times before calling it.
The 59-year-old Lehman shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to reach 13 under and take a two-shot lead over Bernhard Langer, Glen Day, Woody Austin and Scott Parel.
"It's like a field-goal kicker getting iced nine times but each one lasts 30 minutes," Lehman said. "There's times when you play that you know that the forecast on Sunday is really lousy and that it's really important that you try to get in Saturday night in the lead if you can because of the chance you might not play. I didn't see that coming."
From neighboring Minnesota, Lehman won for the 11th time on PGA TOUR Champions.
"It's nice to be in the winner's circle no matter what. Whether it's rain-shortened or not, it's a confidence booster. (I) played a lot of really good golf this week," Lehman said.
• This is the first weather-shortened event in the Principal Charity Classic’s 18-year history.
• In 2017, two 54-hole tournaments were shortened to 36 holes due to weather.
o Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai – The final round was cancelled due to wind gusts of 45 mph. Second-round leader Bernhard Langer was declared the champion over Fred Couples.
o Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge – The first round was cancelled due to inclement weather. Carlos Franco and Vijay Singh went on to win the 36-hole tournament.
Tom Lehman, 66-65 – 131 (-13)
• The win is the 11th in Lehman’s PGA TOUR Champions career. He is T24 on the Tour’s all-time wins list.
• The last time Lehman won a weather-shortened tournament was in 1991, when the final round was cancelled and he won a nine-hole, three-man playoff at the Web.com Tour’s Gulf Coast Classic in Gulfport, Mississippi.
• Lehman is one of 14 players that has won on the Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions.
• He is the only player that has been named Player of the Year on all three tours.
o PGA TOUR Champions: 2011, 2012
o PGA TOUR: 1996
o Web.com: 1991
• Lehman won in his seventh start at the Principal Charity Classic, and all 20 of his rounds have been under par. He has seven top-10s and he has a 68.43 scoring average since the tournament moved to Wakonda Club in 2013.
• Lehman won the Charles Schwab Cup in 2011 and 2012, and he ranks No. 4 all-time in weeks as the Charles Schwab Cup leader (32). This season, he has five top-10s and he is now No. 10 in the standings.
Bernhard Langer, 64-69 – 133 (-11)
• The T2 finish is Langer’s fourth runner-up of the season, bringing his career total to 31. It is the sixth season he has had at least four second-place finishes.
• With the $117,250 payday, Langer moved to No. 1 in the Charles Schwab Cup for the third week this season. Since 2008, Langer's first full season on PGA TOUR Champions, Langer has topped the standings 124 of 268 weeks (46.27%).
Scott Parel, 67-66 – 133 (-11)
• The T2 finish is the second of the season for Parel. In April, he lost in a playoff to Steve Flesch at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. He is now No. 13 in the Charles Schwab Cup with $455,785.
Glen Day, 65-68 – 133 (-11)
• Day’s T2 finish is his best in 55 starts on PGA TOUR Champions. He has three top-10s this season and moved to No. 26 in the Charles Schwab Cup with $308,892.
Woody Austin, 65-68 – 133 (-11)
• Austin’s T2 finish is his best result since he lost in a playoff at the 2016 Boeing Classic. He has three top-10s this season and he moved to No. 24 in the Charles Schwab Cup with $313,236.
Clark Dennis, 69-66 – 135 (-9)
• With his eighth-place finish, Dennis earns a spot in the next cosponsored event, the American Family Insurance Championship in Madison, Wisconsin. Dennis earned entry into this tournament based on his T7 finish at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, which he played in as a Monday qualifier.