Lehman set defend Gulf Coast Classic title

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SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) -- Defending champion Tom Lehman, Loren Roberts and Kenny Perry headline the field for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at rain-soaked Fallen Oak.

The 81-man field includes 28 of the top 30 from last year's Champions Tour money list and 16 players in the field who won at least one major championship on the regular tour. The 54-hole tournament begins Friday.

Last year, Lehman beat Jeff Sluman, Nick Price and David Frost by four strokes in nearly ideal conditions, finishing at a tournament-record 16 under. Lehman topped the Champions Tour money list last season at nearly $2.1 million.

The 53-year-old Lehman is winless in four events this season.