Roger Chapman Scores Historic Senior Double

by Jeff Skinner

It’s been an amazing season for Roger Chapman.   Back in May he won the Senior PGA Championship for his first Champions Tour win and then today he made history at the U.S. Senior Open.  Chapman became only the fourth player to win The Senior PGA and the U.S. Open in the same year joining icons Nicklaus, Player and Irwin in the senior double.  It’s been a long time coming for the determined Englishman as his last win was a European Tour stop in Brazil back in 2000.

The unknown, self described “European Tour journeyman”  (606 starts, 1 win) did it in style as he carded a four under 66 and came from behind to better a group of household names.  Chapman topped Fred Funk, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin and Bernhard Langer by two strokes.  Chapman’s win aside, the biggest surprise was Langer’s failure to hold on to his four stroke lead as he could only manage a two over par 72 while the rest of the contenders blasted by him.


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