Sunday, June 06, 2010

DUBLIN, Ohio -- Before he captained the 2006 U.S. Ryder Cup team, Tom Lehman solicited advice from a handful of legendary leaders, among them the late UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, who died of natural causes at age 99 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Friday night."It was one of the highlights of my life," Lehman said after signing for a 70 (3-under total) in the third round of the Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village on Saturday.Lehman, who also spoke to longtime Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, said Wooden, who led UCLA to 10 national championships in the 60s and 70s, even gave him his phone number."But I didn't want to take up his time," Lehman said. "There were plenty of people he was far more involved with than me."Among the golfer's memories of the 27-year UCLA coach was the way Wooden looked him squarely in the eye throughout their conversation."He said, 'Don't be concerned with your image,'" Lehman recalled. "'Be more concerned about character.'"Europe won the '06 Ryder Cup, at the K Club in Ireland, 18 1/2 to 9 1/2.

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