Roger Chapman seals extraordinary Major double

ENGLAND’S Roger Chapman has continued his fairy tale 2012 with his second senior major championship on US soil.

The 53 year old was largely unknown internationally before winning the 2012 US Senior PGA Championship in May and has now added the 2012 US Senior Open to his trophy cabinet.

And the story may not be over for Chapman, who will head into the 2012 Senior British Open in two weeks as one of the hot favourites.

With Bernhard Langer seemingly in control overnight at the Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Michigan, Chapman fired a superb four under par closing 66 for a ten under total.

That put him two strokes clear of the German (72), who fought back after stumbling early to finish tied with American trio Fred Funk (67), Tom Lehman (68) and Corey Pavin (68).

“I just love this area,” said Chapman, wiping away tears just as he had after his first major victory at Harbour Shores on the other side of Michigan. “It’s been a wonderful experience for me and my wife this week. She wasn’t able to be at Harbor Shores so this is special.

“I just want to dedicate this to my family. They’ve stuck by me for 30 years and without them I would not be here.”

Chapman joined Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin as the only players to win the U.S. Senior Open and Senior PGA Championship in the same year.

“It’s a true honor,” said Chapman, whose career highlight prior to this year was a European Tour win in Brazil in 2000.

Peter Senior finished with yet another top ten senior major finish after coming home strongly with weekend scores of 66 and 68.

Senior finished on 3-under tied for ninth.

Peter Fowler also put in a sterling effort, matching Senior’s 66 on Saturday and finishing with an even-par 70 to end at T17 on even.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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