Best Golfer - 2012
The scorecard of time hasn't affected Tom Lehman's impact on the world of golf. In 2011, the Alexandria native and former Golden Gopher dominated the Champion's Tour trophy case with three wins, including a major victory at the Regions Tradition. Of the 21 Champion's Tour events Lehman played last year, he finished with 12 top-10s and 20 top-25s. In his home-state event at the 3M Championship in Blaine, he tied for second. The overall success resulted in Lehman's claim to the Charles Schwab Cup (most points accrued), the Arnold Palmer Award (most dollars earned), and, most notably, the Jack Nicklaus Trophy (player of the year). By earning the Nicklaus, Lehman became the first golfer in history to be named the top player on the Nationwide Tour (1991), PGA Tour (1996), and the Champions Tour. Now 53 years old, Lehman also continues to prove that he can hang with the younger set. In the five PGA events he played in 2011, Lehman made four cuts and recorded two top-25 finishes.