Lehman rallies to win Champions opener

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) 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."

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Money Leaders: Champions
Rank Player Earnings
1 Tom Lehman $305,000
2 David Toms $180,000
3 Jerry Kelly $120,000
4 Bernhard Langer $120,000
5 Fred Couples $85,000
6 Kevin Sutherland $85,000
7 Colin Montgomerie $70,000
8 Joe Durant $57,500
9 Brandt Jobe $57,500
10 Mark Calcavecchia $45,000
11 Marco Dawson $45,000
12 Tom Watson $45,000
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