Lehman returns for Argentine Masters defense

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Tom Lehman

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela and Fabián Gómez of Argentina are still not too big for the Tour de las Americas.

The Nationwide Tour grads, fresh from earning PGA Tour cards for 2011, are in the 144-man field set to begin play Thursday in the Argentine Masters at Olivos Golf Club.

American Tom Lehman is arguably the biggest draw this week. The 1996 British Open championship is back to defend the title he won in convincing fashion last year.

“I promised (promoter) Germán (Galli) that I was coming back this year, and here I am,” said the 51-year-old who finished seventh in earnings on the Champions Tour this year.

Argentina’s Andrés Romero, winner of this event in 2006, is the third man in the field with PGA Tour membership next season. The 29-year-old said he is well rested and ready to challenge after recovering from the flu, which forced him to withdraw halfway through the VI Roberto De Vicenzo Classic last week.

Past European Tour winners Ricardo González and Tano Goya, as well as Champions Tour winners Eduardo Romero and Vicente Fernández are also set to compete.

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