CARY, N.C. (July 18th, 2016) – Major Champion Tom Lehman will return to Cary for the 2016 SAS Championship presented by Bloomberg to defend his title. The event will take place October 14-16 at Prestonwood Country Club, and marks the first time the SAS Championship will play host to Wild Card Weekend, the last full-field event before the Charles Schwab Cup Playoff field is finalized.
Lehman finished the 2015 SAS Championship in dramatic fashion, holing a 12-foot putt from the fringe on the final hole. This concluded a birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie stretch to finish his final round of 65 to take the title (-12). Joe Durant finished one shot back at -11, and former SAS Champions Bernhard Langer (2012) and Kenny Perry (2011) finished T3 at -10
“Tom Lehman’s victory last year was one of the most memorable in Tournament history,” Tournament Director Jeff Kleiber said. “We’re glad to have him back to defend his title against a competitive field featuring World Golf Hall of Famers, major champions, and fan favorites for Wild Card Weekend.”
Lehman has collected five PGA TOUR victories throughout his career, including his victory at the Open Championship in 1996 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. He capped off the 1996 season as leading money winner, PGA TOUR Player of the year, and winner of both the Vardon Trophy (scoring average) and Byron Nelson Award (adjusted scoring average).
Since starting the Tour in 2009, Lehman has a total of nine PGA TOUR Champions victories, including three major titles. He won the Charles Schwab Cup in both 2011 and 2012, also earning PGA TOUR Champions Player of the Year honors both seasons, becoming the first professional golfer to win such honors on all three Tours operated by the PGA TOUR.
Lehman currently sits in 13th position of the Charles Schwab Cup with $601,674 in earnings this season. He has five top-10 finishes, including a 2nd place finish in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.