Tom Lehman: Rising from a Rocky Start
Tom Lehman: Rising from a Rocky Start: Tom Lehman is a professional golfer who is also the first person in the world to earn the Player of the Year award in PGA Tour events including the Nationwide Tour, and the PGA Tour. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a business and accounting degree, he turned into a PGA Tour Pro at the age of 23. With the little success from his early PGA Tour years from 1983 to 1985, he was not able to keep his PGA card and had to play somewhere else. Out of the PGA Tour: While being out of PGA, he became an assistant golf pro in a Minnesota club. Three years later, he got married and started competing again in golf tournaments outside the PGA. He joined golf tournaments in Asia and some parts of South Africa, and later found himself in the Ben Hogan Tour (a nationwide tour nowadays).
In 1991, with his perseverance and hard work, he topped the Ben Hogan Tour list and was named as the Hogan Tour Player of the Year. PGA Tour Accomplishments: At the age of 32 in the year 1992, Tom Lehman got his PGA card back. Since then, he has enjoyed his membership of the PGA tour, but failed several times. With his perseverance, he won the PGA Player of the Year in 1996. A year later, he was in the top Official World Golf Ranking spot for a week. Lehman participated in 467 tournaments throughout his career, with cuts of 332. He was able to get 5 tournament wins, Including the Open Championship and The Tour Championship in 1996, and the Phoenix Open in 2000.
Tom Lehman made history in 2009 by being just the 13th Champions Tour golfer to come out on top in his debut tournament appearance. He shared the win with his fellow golfer Bernhard Langer in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. A year later, he won the Senior PGA Championship against David Frost and Fred Couples. In 2011, he was voted as Player of the Year in the Champions Tour. He became the very first professional golfer to win all honors in golf tournaments ran by the PGA Tour. Tom Lehman made a successful title defense in the Regions Tradition against Chien Soon Lu and Bernhard Langer in 2012. With his third senior championship win, he had a bridesmaid finish, a couple of strokes behind Joe Daley in the Seniors PGA Championship.