So is Lehman, although he missed last year's championship at St. Andrews to be with his wife for the birth of their third child. Of all the Americans, Lehman provided the most demonstrable rebuttal to charges of softness. Lehman didn't have his A game on Sunday but used experience, composure and will to execute the most demanding task in big-time golf: closing out a major.
"I think it's big for our Tour for an American to win the British Open," Lehman said while clutching the claret jug. "I'm happy to see Americans play well, and I'm happy I'm the American who won."
Considering the developments at Lytham, the odds are that the majority of Lehman's successors will also be coming from his side of the sea.