Tom Lehman takes Colonial with consecutive closing birdies
On this day, In 1995 Tom Lehman birdied the last two holes to overtake Craig Parry in a one-shot victory in the Colonial National Invitation. Lehman caught the front-running Parry with an 18-foot birdie putt on 17, then went in front with a 30-footer on the final hole. The latter sent him romping around the green with both arms raised in triumph.
“To birdie 17 and 18 like that was unbelievable,” said Lehman, who had a closing two-under-par 68 for a 201. “I may have looked pretty stupid, but I was just so excited.”
This was the second PGA Tour victory of Lehman’s career and the best was yet to come. He was quoted saying the following a while after…right before the U.S. Open.
“There are a lot of great players who haven’t won a major,” Lehman said. “There are a lot of great players who will win a major. I really believe my time will come.”
He would go on to win the 1996 Open Championship for his sole major win. Lehman would have a big impact on the Untied States Ryder Cup teams throughout the 1990’s winning in 1995, 1997, & 1999.