Tom Lehman pulls out of Hoylake to be with family

Tom Lehman watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the Encompass Championship golf tournament in Glenview, Ill., Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Nam Y. Huh

HOYLAKE, England (AP) Former British Open champion Tom Lehman has withdrawn from the British Open.

Lehman won last week on the Champions Tour, and he plans to play at Oak Tree in the U.S. Senior Open next week in Oklahoma. His brother and manager, Jim Lehman, says the former Open champion plans to enjoy a summer vacation with his family for the first time in some 20 years.

Lehman's son turns 19 the week after the British Open and is off to college the following month.

Lehman won the claret jug in 1996 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes for his only major. He is at No. 7 in the Schwab Cup, having won at the Encompass Championship on June 20. He tied for 20th on Sunday in the Senior Players Championship.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.