Lee, of Heber Springs, Ark., surpassed the previous record of 55 years, three months and 18 days, set by Bill Bosshard in 1991. 'I cannot believe it,' said Lee. 'It is a dream come true. I'm still kind of pinching myself to see if this is real or not. What an honor to win a USGA event.'
Lee took the early lead after Farlow, of Birmingham, Ala., three-putted the third hole at the par-71, 6,502-yard Flint Hills National Golf Club. Lee then built the lead to 2 up when Farlow couldn't get up and down from a bunker on the par-3 fourth, and extended his lead when he made a 15-footer for birdie on the sixth and Farlow couldn't match from 20 feet.
Farlow closed the deficit with a 15-foot par putt on the seventh hole, but Lee got it right back when he made a 60-foot birdie putt on the par-3 eighth.
'I knew when that putt went in that I was going to be hard to beat,' said Lee, who played the PGA Tour from 1976-80.
The match ended on the 15th hole when Farlow missed a 3-footer for par and then conceded Lee's 3-foot birdie putt, giving Lee his first national title.