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Lehman's par on 18 earns hometown win

Published Sep. 26, 2005

The statistics said Tom Lehman was playing superbly this year. So did Lehman.

He had a chance to repeat himself Sunday, when he broke his four-year PGA Tour victory drought by winning the Phoenix Open by one stroke when Robert Allenby bogeyed the last hole.

Lehman won the Williams World Challenge on Jan. 2, but the Phoenix Open was his first official title in 58 starts since he won the British Open and the Tour Championship in 1996 and was the Tour's Player of the Year.

Both men had difficult putts on the final hole.

Lehman saved par with a 10-foot putt for a score of 4-under-par 67 and a 72-hole total of 14-under 270.

"I played pretty scrappy," he said. "I didn't hit the ball well very often. I hit a lot of shots off-center, off-line, but I made a couple of really good putts."

Allenby, who has never won on the tour, missed a 5-footer when the ball made a right turn on the rim and rolled a foot away.

"Those are the breaks," he said. "I know I'll win down the road."

His final-round 69 landed him in a tie for second with defending champion Rocco Mediate.

Lehman lives in Scottsdale, and his fifth career title was the first hometown win by anyone since David Duval won the 1999 Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Brandt Jobe, Kirk Triplett and Hal Sutton tied for third at 272, with Edward Fryatt, Mark Calcavecchia and Steve Flesch in the next trio a shot back.

As painful as Allenby's finish was, it couldn't have been as sharp as the anguish of third-round leader Frank Lickliter and 1996 Phoenix champion Phil Mickelson, who began the day one shot behind.

Lickliter, who was 13 under to start, fell out of contention early, bogeying the first hole and taking a triple bogey-8 on the third, and finished with a 74 after previous rounds of 67-64-69.

Mickelson reached 14 under and held the lead until he bogeyed the 11th and 12th holes. He carded a 73 to join Lickliter and six others at 274.

Casey Martin, who battled the PGA Tour for the right to ride in a golf cart between shots because of a medical condition that is killing his right leg, made the cut in this event but struggled the last two rounds to finish at 287.

HEINEKEN CLASSIC: New Zealander Michael Campbell was in the unique position of leading two professional golf tours after winning the $1-million Heineken Classic in Perth, Australia, by six strokes.

Searing heat, a violent thunderstorm and tough competition couldn't break Campbell's concentration as he shot a final-round 66 for a tournament record 20-under 268 in the Australasian and European PGA tour event.

In winning his second straight tournament and third of the season, Campbell became the top money earner on both the Australasian and European PGA tours.

"The sign of a good player is how he hits shots under pressure and I think I showed that," Campbell said.

Bjorn finished second at 274.

Scottish rookie Alastair Forsyth shot a final-round 67 and was third at 275, one stroke ahead of South African Ernie Els, who also had a 67.