DUBLIN, Ohio – A few months before the 2006 Ryder Cup Tom Lehman made the trip from his home in San Diego to the apartment of John Wooden, who despite his fame spent almost his entire life at his nondescript L.A. home.
Lehman was looking for advice from the UCLA legend as he prepared to lead a young team of Americans at that year’s Ryder Cup. What he got was an afternoon he will never forget and a life lesson.
“It was definitely one of the highlights of my life,” Lehman said.
Wooden died Friday at 99 and following his round at the Memorial Lehman was visibly shaken by the loss of the legend.
“There are two men that I’ve met in my life that just have something special about them, John Wooden and Byron Nelson,” Lehman said on Saturday at Muirfield Village. “He was the ultimate teacher.”