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Tom Lehman made a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Encompass Championship on the US Champions Tour.

The 55-year-old Lehman closed with a 2-under 70 at North Shore and had a 15-under 201 total for his eighth senior title and first since 2012. He rebounded from bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14 — his only dropped strokes of the week — with birdies on Nos. 15 and 16, parred the par-3 17th and won on the par-4 18th.

“It wasn’t my very best performance today, but it was good enough,” Lehman said.

Michael Allen and Kirk Triplett tied for second, a stroke back. Allen shot 67, and Triplett had a 68.

Lehman, the 1996 Open winner, opened with rounds of 65 and 66 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round. He ended a 27-event victory drought.

Lehman parred the first 11 holes before birdieing No. 12.

Triplett birdied the first, sixth, 13th and 16th holes in his bogey-free round. His approach on the final hole stopped in the back fringe. He missed a 20-foot birdie attempt.

Allen birdied three of the last four holes, with his approach on 18 hitting the flagstick and stopping 4 inches from the cup.

Doug Garwood was fourth at 13 under after a 66. He played the first 10 holes in 4 under and briefly grabbed a share of the lead at 13 under with an eagle on the 16th hole, but three-putted for bogey on the 17th to fall back.

Russ Cochran took advantage of a swing adjustment to shooting the best round of the tournament, an 8-under 64 that left him in a tie for sixth at 10 under.

“I got up on my toes more,” Cochran said. “Seems like a little thing, but it seemed like it did the trick.”

Colin Montgomerie was 10 under after a round of 70.

Hale Irwin matched his age with a 69 to tie for 39th at 3 under.

Leading Golf Scores (par-71):-

201 Tom Lehman 65 66 70 ($270,000)
202 Michael Allen 67 68 67, Kirk Triplett 67 67 68
203 Doug Garwood 66 71 66
204 Bart Bryant 67 68 69
206 Ross Cochran 71 71 64, Esteban Toledo (S America) 69 70 67, Kenny Perry 71 67 68, Jeff Sluman 67 70 69, Colin Montgomerie (Scotland) 69 67 70, Roger Chapman (England) 66 68 72

Source: PGA Tour

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