PGA Tour Champions

Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai

January 17-19

Hualalai Golf Course, Ka'upulehu-Kona, Hawaii

$1,800,000

January 17-19

Hualalai Golf Course, Ka'upulehu-Kona, Hawaii

$1,800,000

Round 3

Tom Lehman wins season-opener

January 19, 2019

Tom Lehman rallied to win the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Saturday, taking advantage of David Toms' closing three-putt bogey.

The 59-year-old Lehman closed with his second straight 7-under 65 for a one-stroke victory over Toms.

''As a competitor, you don't want to win that way. Honestly, you don't,'' Lehman said. ''You love winning. I'm not going to give the trophy back, but you would rather make a putt than have somebody miss a putt. So I felt bad for him because I thought he played extremely well.''

Four strokes ahead of Lehman entering the round, Toms finished with a 70. His long first putt on the par-4 18th went 7 feet past, and he missed the comebacker to hand Lehman his 12th victory on the 50-and-over tour.

''Hate to end up that way on the last hole,'' Toms said. ''Trying to make it (the first putt) because I figured if I made it, I had a chance to win right there. Never even entered my mind that I was going to three-putt.''

Lehman finished at 17-under 199 at windy Hualalai. He birdied Nos. 13, 14 and 16 and closed with two pars.

''I like the fact that the wind was blowing,'' Lehman said. ''I always feel like when the wind blows, my chances get better. Historically, I've always been a real steady ball-striker, and when the wind blows, that's what you really have to do.''

Toms made seven straight pars before the finishing bogey.

''Hit a lot of good putts on the back nine that I didn't make, and Tom played great,'' Toms said. ''I told you yesterday standing right here somebody was going to play good today and I had to play really well. I shot 16-under par for the tournament in some pretty tough wind. I felt I played solid.''

Bernhard Langer and 2018 winner Jerry Kelly each shot 67 to tie for third at 14 under. Fred Couples (66) and Kevin Sutherland (63) followed at 12 under.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Tom Lehman
-17
69
65
65
199
2
David Toms
-16
65
65
70
200
T3
Bernhard Langer
-14
70
65
67
202
T3
Jerry Kelly
-14
71
64
67
202
T5
Kevin Sutherland
-12
69
72
63
204
T5
Fred Couples
-12
72
66
66
204
7
Colin Montgomerie
-11
69
66
70
205
T8
Brandt Jobe
-10
69
69
68
206
T8
Joe Durant
-10
65
69
72
206
T10
Tom Watson
-9
71
67
69
207
T10
Mark Calcavecchia
-9
71
67
69
207
T10
Marco Dawson
-9
69
68
70
207
T13
Kirk Triplett
-8
69
72
67
208
T13
Scott Parel
-8
68
71
69
208
T13
Paul Goydos
-8
69
68
71
208
T13
Stephen Ames
-8
71
65
72
208
T13
Jeff Sluman
-8
69
67
72
208
T18
Kenny Perry
-7
69
73
67
209
T18
Scott McCarron
-7
71
68
70
209
T20
Paul Broadhurst
-6
70
70
70
210
T20
John Daly
-6
73
68
69
210
T20
Rocco Mediate
-6
71
68
71
210
T20
Olin Browne
-6
70
68
72
210
T20
Lee Janzen
-6
72
65
73
210
T25
Carlos Franco
-5
72
71
68
211
T25
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-5
68
74
69
211
T25
Ken Tanigawa
-5
72
68
71
211
T25
Corey Pavin
-5
70
67
74
211
T29
Steve Stricker
-4
70
74
68
212
T29
Gene Sauers
-4
71
72
69
212
T29
Steve Flesch
-4
71
72
69
212
T29
Woody Austin
-4
71
70
71
212
T29
Vijay Singh
-4
69
69
74
212
T29
Jay Haas
-4
72
66
74
212
T35
Larry Mize
-3
75
68
70
213
T35
Bart Bryant
-3
73
69
71
213
37
Mark O'Meara
-2
73
67
74
214
38
Jeff Maggert
2
79
66
73
218
39
Loren Roberts
5
80
70
71
221
40
Sandy Lyle
7
69
77
77
223
41
Hale Irwin
13
78
77
74
229
42
Tom Kite
22
78
82
78
238
Pos.
Player
To Par
R3
Total
1
Tom Lehman
-17
65
199
2
David Toms
-16
70
200
T3
Bernhard Langer
-14
67
202
T3
Jerry Kelly
-14
67
202
T5
Kevin Sutherland
-12
63
204
T5
Fred Couples
-12
66
204
7
Colin Montgomerie
-11
70
205
T8
Brandt Jobe
-10
68
206
T8
Joe Durant
-10
72
206
T10
Tom Watson
-9
69
207
T10
Mark Calcavecchia
-9
69
207
T10
Marco Dawson
-9
70
207
T13
Kirk Triplett
-8
67
208
T13
Scott Parel
-8
69
208
T13
Paul Goydos
-8
71
208
T13
Stephen Ames
-8
72
208
T13
Jeff Sluman
-8
72
208
T18
Kenny Perry
-7
67
209
T18
Scott McCarron
-7
70
209
T20
Paul Broadhurst
-6
70
210
T20
John Daly
-6
69
210
T20
Rocco Mediate
-6
71
210
T20
Olin Browne
-6
72
210
T20
Lee Janzen
-6
73
210
T25
Carlos Franco
-5
68
211
T25
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-5
69
211
T25
Ken Tanigawa
-5
71
211
T25
Corey Pavin
-5
74
211
T29
Steve Stricker
-4
68
212
T29
Gene Sauers
-4
69
212
T29
Steve Flesch
-4
69
212
T29
Woody Austin
-4
71
212
T29
Vijay Singh
-4
74
212
T29
Jay Haas
-4
74
212
T35
Larry Mize
-3
70
213
T35
Bart Bryant
-3
71
213
37
Mark O'Meara
-2
74
214
38
Jeff Maggert
2
73
218
39
Loren Roberts
5
71
221
40
Sandy Lyle
7
77
223
41
Hale Irwin
13
74
229
42
Tom Kite
22
78
238