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November 1-4


Desert Mountain Club (Cochise) (Par 72/6,845 yards) Scottsdale, Arizona


Charles Schwab Cup Championship


TOM LEHMAN’S VICTORY in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race was a close call. Lehman, who led the competition since the


season’s second event, finished tied for 18th at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, which gave Mark Calcavecchia a real shot at the title. All he needed was a win or a two-way tie for second. Jay Don Blake won the championship by


two strokes while Calcavecchia and four other players battled for second place. Calcavecchia played well, shooting a 69, but


failed to birdie No. 18 and finished at 6-under, as did Loren Roberts, Michael Allen and Jay Haas, which gave the cup to Lehman. “Things kind of just changed and changed and changed and at the end, it worked out in my favor,” said Lehman. “It pretty much came down to the wire. It looked like Calc had a great chance of doing it here, of taking it all in one fell swoop at the end. He played great. I was really,


really impressed with the way he played and the way he battled.” Lehman had his best season on the Champions


Tour, winning three times beginning at the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, where he took a lead in the Charles Schwab Cup point race that he would never give up. He followed that with wins at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic and a major, the Regions Tradition, then had five more top-5 finishes in seven events leading up to the season- ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. “Tom’s level of consistency is what won,” said


John Cook. “He had tons of top 10s and wins and winning majors, and that’s what you have to do.” Lehman won the Arnold Palmer Award as the Champions Tour’s leading money winner ($2,081,526) and the Jack Nicklaus Trophy as the Player of the Year—the first person to be Player of the Year on the Nationwide Tour, the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour. ■


CHARLES SCHWAB CUP STANDINGS PLAYER


Tom Lehman


Mark Calcavecchia Peter Senior Jay Don Blake John Cook


Russ Cochran Olin Browne Fred Couples Mark O’Meara Nick Price


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EVENTS 21


22 22 20 23 18 23 10 20 21


POINTS 2,422


2,348 1,874 1,803 1,798 1,678 1,572 1,458 1,447 1,354


74


548 619 624 744 850 964 975


1,068


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Championship winner Jay Don Blake, left, and Charles Shwab Cup winner Tom Lehman.


Course Insight Desert


Mountain Club


(Cochise Course)


Surrounded by the rugged Sonoran Desert, the 7,026-yard Cochise Golf Course demands thoughtfulness


and strategy in how one


approaches it. Its signature holes are four of the finest “risk/reward” par-5s to be found anywhere. Throughout the Cochise Course, approach shots require precision shot-making and contours of greens will challenge the deftest touch. Unique in the Southwest, it features a double, island green shared by the par-3 seventh and the par-5 15th hole.


POINTS BEHIND WINS TOP 10 -


2 3 1 1 2 -


1


12 15 12 9 8


11 8 6 9


10


“COMING HERE WITH THE TOP 30 PLAYERS, IT’S PRETTY SPECIAL TO WIN WITH THIS KIND OF A FIELD HERE THIS WEEK.” – Jay Don Blake


According to Jack Nicklaus, this is one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world. “The Golden Bear” triumphed four times when Cochise played host to The Tradition from 1989-2001. The Cochise Course consistently ranks in the national golf magazines’ top 100 golf courses lists.


Tournament Record 266, John Cook, 2009


Tournament 18-Hole Record 62, John Cook, 2009


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