Tom Lehman is running the show here, and his lead on the rest of the 30-man field now stands at 382 points. If he can hold on for the win, and it sure looks like he will, he'll have another cool million to add to his till.
However, the Schwab Cup points count double at every major, meaning that four other challengers have a mathematical shot. Lehman's 2,338 points are followed by Mark Calcavecchia (1,956 points), Peter Senior (1,782 points), John Cook (1,726 points) and Russ Cochran (1,508 points). Granted, it's a long shot for some of them -- Cochran has to win and Lehman has to finish 28th or worse -- but hey, we're saying there's still a chance.
Lehman has won three events this season, the Regions Tradition, the Allianz Championship and the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. Calcavecchia won the Boeing Classic and had strong finishes at the Senior British Open and the U.S. Senior Open. And hey, speaking of Senior ... Senior hasn't won yet this season, but has finished near the top with enough consistency to still be in the mix. Cook, like Lehman, has won three tournaments this year. And Cochran won the Senior British, so he's still having a decent year.
Basically, though, it's all down to Lehman. If he struggles, the door opens, but if he can keep the consistent form he's had all season, this will become a victory lap.
The Charles Schwab Cup begins Thursday, with each day's play being televised by The Golf Channel.
- Tom Lehman
- Mark Calcavecchia
- Russ Cochran