Lickliter posted a final-round 68 for his fourth straight round in the 60s. His four-day total of 16-under-par 268 left him one shot clear of J.J. Henry, who closed with a 5-under 68 at the TPC at Avenel for his best-ever finish on the PGA Tour.
Lickliter had a three-shot lead with three holes to play but missed a 15-foot par putt after he left his chip short at the 16th. Although he played a safe shot to the green at the par-3 17th, he ran his long first putt four feet by then missed the par putt with a tentative jab.
Lickliter comments on his win at the Kemper Open
With his lead down to one stroke at the par-4 18th, Lickliter drilled a perfect drive but hit his 7-iron approach into the rough left of the green. His chip from a terrible lie popped out and stopped a full 10 feet from the hole.
But Lickliter, who three-putted from 12 feet to allow Phil Mickelson to win the Buick Invitational with a double-bogey in a playoff in February, put a solid stroke behind his ball and watched as it fell into the left side of the cup.
Full-field scores from the Kemper Insurance Open