PGA Tour Champions in Iowa washed out, Tom Lehman wins
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 PGA Tour Champions’ 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 the 50-and-over tour.
“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.