Champions Tour season opens in Hawaii

John Cook (file photo)

John Cook (file photo)

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KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii — John Cook and Tom Lehman finished atop the leaderboard at Hualalai to open the 2011 Champions Tour season. The rest of the year went pretty much the same way, with each player winning three events on the 50-and-older circuit.

Cook is back in Hawaii to defend his title at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, which starts Friday and is the first of 23 official events on the 2012 schedule.

Lehman is coming off a strong season in which he claimed the money title and Player of the Year. After his runner-up finish at Hualalai, he went on to win three of his first seven starts, including a major.

The two are among 41 players entered in the winners-only event that includes nine members of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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