Senior Open champ out of U.S. Open
Ardmore, PA (Sports Network) - Roger Chapman, the reigning U.S. Senior Open champion, withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday.
Chapman won both the Senior Open and Senior PGA Championship last year to gain spots in the field at Merion for the U.S. Open as well as at Oak Hill for the PGA Championship,
The 54-year-old pulled out of the Open with a shoulder injury.
"I'd like to clarify my reason for withdrawing from the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion," said Chapman. "I consider it an honor to be invited to the championship. However, I do have some nagging shoulder issues and that would mean playing essentially eight consecutive weeks of major championship golf.
"While I feel that I would enjoy playing in the U.S. Open, I am a member of the PGA TOUR's Champions Tour and will compete in this week's Regions Tradition and take scheduled weeks off to allow me to continue to play at a high level on the Champions Tour, which should be my highest priority. This would allow another deserving player an opportunity to experience playing in one of the biggest golf events in the world."
Chapman was replaced in the field by Scott Stallings. The 26-year-old tied for fourth in his last two PGA Tour starts after missing the cut in six of his previous eight events.
Stallings was an alternate from the qualifier in Memphis, and this will be his first U.S. Open.
06/05 17:13:22 ET