Chapman hangs on to win Senior PGA|
Benton Harbor, MI (Sports Network) - Roger Chapman had his worst round of the
week on Sunday, but still won the Senior PGA Championship by two strokes.
Chapman bogeyed the final two holes to shoot one-over 72 and beat John Cook by
two shots for the wire-to-wire victory.
The Englishman finished at 13-under 271 at The Golf Club at Harbor Shores and
was the first European to win this title since Scotland's Jock Hutchison in
Cook closed with a two-under 69 to end alone in second at minus-11.
Hale Irwin, who has won this title four times, posted a three-under 68 to grab
third place at 10-under 274.
Chapman entered the final round with a five-stroke lead and did all he needed
to do in the first seven holes. He parred his first three before opening a
The 53-year-old birdied the fourth to go to 15-under and back-to-back birdies
from the sixth pushed his lead to nine strokes.
Chapman struggled over the final 10 holes, but he had a big enough lead that
it wasn't an issue. He dropped shots on the ninth and 14th.
"I made a bit of a mistake at nine, and then I saw the leaderboard and people
were making a bit of a move," Chapman said in a televised interview. "I was
trying to keep my emotions in check and everything. It was hard work."
After a pair of pars, Chapman was four ahead with two holes to go. He bogeyed
the final two holes to cut his winning margin to two.
"I hit quite a good shot into 17. Unfortunately, I three-putted. And then the
wait on 18, I tried to pace up and down to keep calm and keep relaxed,"
Chapman said on TV.
Cook stumbled out of the gate with bogeys on the second and fourth, but got
those strokes back with an eagle on the fifth. Cook dropped another stroke on
the seventh, then birdied the ninth to make the turn at even-par for the day
and nine-under overall.
The 54-year-old, who won three times last season, birdied the 13th and 14th to
cut Chapman's lead to four, but he couldn't do any more. Cook parred the final
four holes to end at minus-11.
"It was an interesting day. I felt really good warming up. I felt fantastic,"
Cook admitted, "I just thought that if I could put a little pressure on early,
you never know what would happen."
Irwin dropped a pair of shots on the front nine, but carded three birdies and
an eagle on the back to rally to take third place. The 66-year-old picked up
his first top-three finish since taking second at the 2007 First Tee Open.
Recent Hall of Fame inductee Sandy Lyle bogeyed the final two holes, but still
fired a seven-under 64 to share fourth place with Peter Senior (63), 2008
runner-up Bernhard Langer (65), Joe Daley (64) and 2010 runner-up David Frost
(67) at nine-under 275.
Kenny Perry fired a nine-under 62 to end alone in ninth at minus-eight. The 62
set a new 18-hole tournament record, breaking the mark that Buck White set in
1961 and Arnold Palmer matched in 1984.
NOTES: Chapman is the third Englishman, and seventh international player, to
win this title...It was just Chapman's 17th Champions Tour start and he became
the eighth first-time winner at this championship...Chapman became only the
sixth 54-hole leader to win this event since 2000...His win marked the 19th
consecutive Champions Tour event in which the winner came from the final
group...The tour heads to Iowa next week for the Principal Charity Classic,
where Bob Gilder is expected to defend his title.
05/27 18:58:10 ET