SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. As his final putt disappeared into No. 18, Tom Lehman bent over and tugged his cap down as far as it could go. It did not quite shield his quivering upper lip.
Lehman won both the Charles Schwab Cup tournament championship and the season-long Charles Schwab Cup title on Sunday with his mind firmly on mentor, teacher and friend Jim Flick, who is battling pancreatic cancer. The two spoke on the phone before the round, and Flick told Lehman simply to go out there and be Tom Lehman.
Lehman did exactly that. He shot a final-round 65 at the Desert Mountain Cochise Course to win the tournament by six strokes, overtaking points leader Bernhard Langer for the season championship in the process.
I know I wanted to be able to finish this tournament and give him a call and tell him that this ones for you. No doubt about that. There was a little bit of karma or something, said Lehman, whose relationship with Flick began in 1990.
I thought about him a lot when we were finis...