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Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek 2012
Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek

Tom Lehman Wins Regions Tradition at Jack Nicklaus-designed Shoal Creek

The 2012 Champions Tour’s second major championship of the season, the Regions Tradition, teed off at Shoal Creek in Shelby County Alabama with Tom Lehman claiming his second consecutive championship at the event.

Shooting a 4-under par 68 on Sunday, Lehman finished 15-under par. He is the first golfer to shoot in the 60s in all four rounds of the Tradition since 1997. After winning the Regions Tradition last year, Lehman went on to win the season-long Charles Schwab Cup and was named 2011 Champions Tour Player of the Year.

Shoal Creek, which opened to much acclaim in 1976, has a strong major championship tradition. The Top-100, Jack Nicklaus design previously hosted the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championship, the 1986 U.S. Amateur Championship, the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and the 2011 Regions Tradition. The 7,197-yard, par-72, layout will again provide a stern test to the world’s best.

The course, which opened for play in 1976, is currently ranked 72nd on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.

This year marked the 24th playing of the Tradition. The field was comprised of 76 players with a combined for 740 total wins on both the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour, including 24 PGA TOUR majors and 18 Champions Tour majors. The format was a 72-hole stroke-play event. Some of the biggest names in golf, including World Golf Hall of Fame members Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Raymond Floyd, Tom Kite and Tom Watson, are past champions of The Tradition.

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