Tom Lehman knows there are hotter players going into the Regions Tradition. He's also not thrilled about his putting lately.
Those are reasons why Lehman might not win for the third straight year, but they're not nearly enough to count him out of the $2.2 million major championship which starts Thursday on the par-72, 7,145-yard course at Shoal Creek.
Lehman is trying to join Hale Irwin as the only Champions Tour player to win the same major three years running. Irwin won what was then known as the PGA Seniors' Championship from 1996-98.
''Of course, everybody brings it up all the time: `Hey, win three in a row,''' Lehman said on Wednesday. ''I understand the way sports are and the way golf is. This is a new year. My game is in a good place, but I'm not at my very best. My short game's been a bit weak. There's guys who are playing better right now than me. I kind of feel like if I play well, I'm going to have a chance to win...