Roger Chapman adds U.S. Senior Open to his PGA Senior Championship title

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LAKE ORION, Mich. — Roger Chapman earned the right to be mentioned in the same sentence with Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin.

Roger Chapman joined Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin as the only ones to win the U.S. Senior Open and the Senior PGA Championship in the same year.   theholds the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Senior Open Championship Trophy after winning the U.S. Senior Open at the Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, Mich., Sunday, July 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)  CARLOS OSORIO/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Roger Chapman joined Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin as the only ones to win the U.S. Senior Open and the Senior PGA Championship in the same year. theholds the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Senior Open Championship Trophy after winning the U.S. Senior Open at the Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, Mich., Sunday, July 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Not bad for a self-described former European Tour journeyman.

The Englishman shot 4-under-par 66 on Sunday to win the U.S. Senior Open by two strokes at 10 under at Indianwood. He won the Senior PGA Championship by the same margin two months ago on the other side of Michigan.

Chapman, Nicklaus, Player and Irwin are the only players to win the U.S. Senior Open and Senior PGA Championship in the same year.

“It’s a true honor,” Chapman said.

Before this year, his career highlight was a European Tour win in Brazil in 2000.

Bernhard Langer (72), Fred Funk (67), Tom Lehman (68) and Corey Pavin (68) finished tied for second at 8-under 272 at the Champions Tour’s fourth of five majors.

Pavin’s two-stroke penalty after his first round for hitting a ball that moved a fraction of an inch proved to be costly.

Entering the final round, it seemed as if the only question was how easily Langer would win.

Langer, though, found out what the first- and second-round leaders – Tom Kite and Lance Ten Broeck – did the previous two days: It’s not easy to stay consistent at Indianwood.

Langer took a four-shot lead into the final round and closed with a shaky performance that spoiled his shot at winning his second U.S. Senior Open.

The German said Saturday if he closed with a 2- or 3-under round, it would be difficult for anyone to catch him. Instead, he shot 2-over in the final round.

As for Chapman, he wanted to prove what he did in May at Harbor Shores was no fluke.

He had a stunning wire-to-wire win at the Senior PGA Championship, beating John Cook by two strokes after closing with two bogeys without his wife, Cathy, there to watch because she had to work.

Chapman’s wife was with him at Indianwood.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Inverness, Scotland, Jeev Milkha Singh beat Francesco Molinari in a playoff to win the Scottish Open and secure a late berth in this week’s British Open.

A final-round meltdown by local hope Marc Warren left Singh and Molinari tied at 17-under 271. The 40-year-old Indian won by draining a 15-foot putt for birdie on No. 18.

Singh, the son of an Olympic 400-meter runner, shot a bogey-free 5-under-par 67 to tie for the lowround of the day. Warren and overnight leader Molinari (72) dropped shots down a tough closing stretch into the wind.

Warren, playing in the second-to-last group and also seeking that one remaining berth in the British Open, led by three shots with six holes remaining. But he dropped four strokes in the final four holes. He finished tied for third with Alexander Noren (70) at 16-under.

“It’s going to be a long drive home tonight,” said Warren, who was being cheered on by Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. “I’m a little bit disappointed to be not only missing out on the Scottish Open but the Open as well.”

WEB.COM TOUR: In Sandy, Utah, Doug LaBelle II’s second victory on the tour was a long time coming.

LaBelle shot 3-under-par 68 to win the Utah Championship by a shot for his first win since 2006.

LaBelle, who started the day five shots off the lead, finished at 15-under 269 to beat a group of five players.

Augusta’s Scott Parel and Aiken native Matt Hendrix both shot 73 and tied for 46th place at 280.


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