Notebook: Lehman completes Schwab Cup sweep

November 04, 2012
Phil Stambaugh, Champions Tour staff

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Tom Lehman won both the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and the Schwab Cup on Sunday at Desert Mountain.

Here's a look at the final 2012 Charles Schwab Cup standings. Tom Lehman earns a $1 million annuity for the second consecutive year, while finishers 2-3-4-5 earn $500,000, $300,000, $200,000 and $100,000, respectively.

Schwab Cup points
Player Ranking/Points before CSCC Final Position Final points
Tom Lehman 2nd/2,202 points 1st 3,082
Bernhard Langer 1st/2,413 points 6th 2,647
Fred Couples 5th/1,530 points T4th 1,846
Roger Chapman 3rd/1,756 points 29th 1,805
Fred Funk 6th/1,361 points T4th 1,677

With his Victory.....Tom Lehman

• Lehman claims his second victory of the 2012 season (Regions Tradition), becoming the eighth different player this year to win a pair of titles on the Champions Tour. He now has won multiple titles in each of his last two seasons.

• Lehman claims his seventh career title on the Champions Tour in his 62nd start. He won five titles on the PGA TOUR, including the 1996 British Open Championship, in 481 career appearances.

• Lehman becomes the 16th different winner of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

• Lehman becomes the first player to win consecutive Charles Schwab Cups and also becomes the first player since Tom Watson in 2005 to claim the Charles Schwab Cup by winning the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

• Lehman joins Hale Irwin (2002, 2004), Tom Watson (2003, 2005), Jay Haas (2006,2008) and Loren Roberts (2007, 2009) as multiple winners of the Charles Schwab Cup.

• Lehman totaled 3,082 Charles Schwab Cup points in 2012 compared to 2,422 points in winning last year's competition. He first took the lead in the 2012 Charles Schwab Cup race at the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship (7/1/12) and held it through the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship (9/16/12) before regaining the top spot in the season-ending event this week.

• Lehman claims his second TOUR event in the Phoenix area (2000 Phoenix Open) and becomes the first player since Fred Funk (1992 Shell Houston Open/2012 Insperity Championship in Houston) to claim a PGA TOUR and Champions Tour event in the same metropolitan area.

• Lehman earns a check for $440,000, his biggest paycheck on the Champions Tour, and finishes second on the 2012 earnings list with $1,982,575.

• Lehman's four-round total of 22-under 258 was easily an all-time numerical record for an event on the Champions Tour and he equaled the record in relation to par (266/-22/John Cook/2009) since the 72-hole format was first used in 1994. Lehman's score this week marked the fourth time in six years that the Charles Schwab Cup Championship winner had a score of 20-under or better. In 1990, Jack Nicklaus posted a 27-under-par 261 score in winning the Mazda Senior TPC.

• Lehman's six-stroke margin of victory was the second largest in event history and the largest in a Champions Tour event since Fred Couples won the 2011 AT&T Championship by seven strokes. Only Andy Bean's nine-stroke triumph in 2008 at Sonoma Golf Club was larger.

• Lehman led the field with 25 birdies for the week, just three birdies short of the 72-hole record for most in a Champions Tour event.

Stats Summary of the Top Three Contenders
Player Fairways Hit Greens/Regulation Putts/Round Driving Distance
Tom Lehman (-22) 39/52-75.0% (3) 57/72-79.17% (3) 28.0 (T3) 288.6 (16th)
Jay Haas (-16) 29/52-68.9% (T25) 56/72-78% (4) 28.5 (10) 295.3 (8th)
Jay Don Blake (-14) 36/52-69.2 (T6) 51/72-70.83 (T14) 27.5 (1) 303.1 (3rd)

• For the first time since the inaugural Champions Tour season in 1980, no player won three or more events in a season. Eight players, including this week's champion Tom Lehman, won twice. In 1980, there were only four events on the Champions Tour schedule and they were won by four different players.

• Despite finishing in the top 10 in 14 of his last 15 starts on the Champions Tour, Bernhard Langer did not win his second Charles Schwab Cup. However, he did become the first player in Champions Tour history to claim the Arnold Palmer Award as the circuit's leading money-winner (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012) four times. Don January (1980, 1983, 1984) and Hale Irwin were the only other three-time winners of the Arnold Palmer Award (1997, 1998, 2002). Langer was the only player over the $2 million level in 2012 ($2,140,296), the fourth time in five years he's eclipsed that mark in single-season earnings.

John Cook's streak of years with at least one victory on the Champions Tour ended at five straight seasons, however, Cook's check for $70,000 this week moved him over the $1 million mark in event earnings with $1,047,500. Cook joined Jay Haas and Mark McNulty among a trio of players eclipsing the seven figure mark in event earnings. Haas' check for $254,000 moved him to $1,005,833 while McNulty's check for $27,000 upped his career earnings in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to $1,018,750. McNulty was making his first appearance in the season-ending event since 2009.

• Defending champion Jay Don Blake finished third in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship this year and for the second consecutive year, Jay Haas finished second in the season-ending event. It was Haas' fifth top-10 performance in eight appearances in the season-ending event.

• Here's how the seven players in the field with ties to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area finished this week:

Tom Lehman (Scottsdale) -- 266 (-22)/1st Michael Allen (Scottsdale) -- 273 (-7)/T10 Mark Calcavecchia (3-time Waste Management Phoenix Open winner) -- 274 (-6)/T13 Kirk Triplett (Scottsdale) -- 278 (-2)/T17 Kenny Perry -- (2009 FBR Open winner) -- 278 (-2)/T17) Joe Daley -- (Scottsdale) -- 278 (-2)/T17 Dan Forsman (Arizona State) -- 292 (+12)/30th

• The overall scoring average this year at the Cochise Course at The Club at Desert Mountain was 68.925 (-1.075) compared to 71.075 (+0.075) at the par-71 TPC Harding Park last year.

• Bogey-free Rounds: R1 (1): Kirk Triplett (67) R2 (3): Jay Haas (60), Tom Lehman (63), David Frost (64) R3 (2): Tom Lehman (62), Fred Couples (62) R4 (1): Bernhard Langer (65)

Scoring Averages
Front 9 Back 9 Total Cumulative
Thursday 34.500 34.633 69.133 -----------
Friday 34.200 33.633 67.833 68.483
Saturday 34.467 34.367 68.833 68.600
Sunday 34.867 35.033 69.900 68.925

• The par-5 18th hole played as the easiest for the week (4.500), yielding four eagles and 61 birdies for the week...The par-4 4th hole yielded just eight birdies (4.217) over the four days of the event