ENGLAND’S Roger Chapman leads the 2012 US Senior PGA Championship after a windy first round of the year’s first senior Major.
Chapman shot a 3-under 68 for a one stroke lead over America’s John Cook.
“We have only played one event [on the European Senior Tour] this year, so this is probably my fourth real competitive round this year,” the Englishman said. “It’s a long way to come, a long wait. But I’m very pleased with the way things are going.”
Chapman was 16th in that European tour event, the Mallorca Open in Spain earlier this month, and was 27th at this event last year in Kentucky.
Steve Pate, J.L. Lewis, Jeff Sluman, Jay Haas, David Frost and Jim Carter each shot 70 to share third place on 1-under.
Peter Senior and Michael Harwood were the best placed of the four Australians taking part.
They shot 74’s to be 3-over while Peter Fowler and Graham Marsh were on 4-over.
A number of big names struggled with Fred Couples, Tom Lehman and Tom Kite among those on 5-over and below the projected cut line.
“Anything under par is a good score,” Couples said. “It’s just another round of golf. I’m 52 years old. If I’m worried what I shot every single round, then that’s a problem.”
The tournament is taking place on a Harbor Shores course that only opened two years ago for its first full season. The Jack Nicklaus-designed layout gave players quite a challenge on a windy day along the shore of Lake Michigan, with the severe greens causing some particular headaches.Senior PGA Championship Leaderboard