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Lehman's play has Ryder Cup possibilities
By BOB HARIG
Published March 2, 2006
The Ryder Cup is still seven months away, but Tom Lehman sparked plenty of interest in the competition over the weekend. That's because he is not shying away from the idea of serving as a player-captain for the United States, in both words and deeds.
It is one thing to say you wouldn't mind doing both. It is another to perform well enough to make it a very viable option.
Lehman, who turns 47 next week, made it to the semifinals of the Match Play Championship before losing to Australia's Geoff Ogilvy. No shame there, as Lehman defeated the likes of Stuart Appleby, Adam Scott, David Toms and Chad Campbell, who happened to knock out Tiger Woods. If nothing else, Lehman is leading by example in the format that is used for the Ryder Cup.
"I would love to be a part of it as both a captain and a player," Lehman said. "If it doesn't work out that way, I can accept that."
Lehman has said he would not pick himself for the team, which is composed of the top 10 players in a points race that concludes after the PGA Championship, plus two at-large selections. He has even hinted that he would not want to barely make the team on points, that he would want to be playing well.
After his match play performance in California, Lehman has moved up to 10th in the standings. He will need to have a strong summer run, likely including several top-five finishes or maybe even a victory, to make it.
And if he does? Good for him. There is all sorts of talk about whether Lehman should play if he makes the team. Of course he should. Too much is made of all the duties associated with being captain, at least when the matches begin.
Nobody has served in both roles since Arnold Palmer in 1963, when the Ryder Cup was a simpler deal.
"Tom knows what is going on and what is ahead of him," said Davis Love, who lost in the Match Play final to Ogilvy. (Lehman finished fourth after dropping a consolation match to Zach Johnson.) "He's learned that it is a lot more work than people think and he's gotten ahead of it. Whether it is picking out the clothes or organizing the structure to do the things that he wants to do, he realizes that he needs to get it done. He's ahead of that now so he can take some time and play golf."
Lehman will have two assistant captains, Loren Roberts and Corey Pavin, who can help him gauge the strength of players and make pairings.
"He can definitely play his way on; I know he plans on playing a full schedule this year," Roberts said. "Obviously he's committed to playing. He's been working out and his golf has been great so far."
Lehman has lost 25 pounds in an effort to take the strain off his knees. And he posted consecutive ties for seventh at Pebble Beach and the Nissan Open before his Match Play showing. It has been six years since his last victory and 10 since he won the British Open, but he is making things interesting.
GROUNDHOG DAY: Phil Mickelson lost an exciting duel to Woods last year at the Ford Championship at Doral when his birdie chip for a tie on the final hole lipped out. Mickelson was asked how often he had replayed the chip in his head.
"Well, unfortunately, they have the video running on one of the channels here at the hotel, so I get to see it every night, isn't that great?" Mickelson said. "I've had a chance to see it a bunch and reflect on it. Every time I look at it with three or four feet to go, it just looks like it's going to go right in the middle and just somehow snaps off at the end. I keep waiting for the video to change, but it never does."
AROUND GOLF: This week's tournament at Doral brings the top five players in the world - Woods, Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen, Ernie Els and Mickelson - together for the first time since the PGA Championship in August. ... Bubba Watson leads the tour in driving distance (320.1), but he also has some touch. Last week in Tucson, he missed 11 greens and got up and down each time. He did not make a bogey. ... After a tough start to the year, Jason Gore got on track with four rounds in the 60s and a tie for seventh in Tucson. ... Unlike the NCAA basketball tournament, the seeds at the Match Play Championship do not mean much. During the last 15 matches, the higher-seeded players went 1-14. For the entire tournament, they were 30-33. ... The Futures Tour will again play an event in the Tampa Bay area, moving from East Lake Woodlands to Summerfield Crossings Golf Club on March 17-19. The $70,000 tournament will pay $10,500 to the winner.