Double Dip: Chapman Charges To Win Again In Michigan Lake Orion

LAKE ORION, Mich. -- Roger Chapman, with two wins in Michigan this summer and one other in the rest of the world during a long golf career, laughed when asked when he was buying a summer place here.

"Soon," he said and smiled.

He should also soon consider starting a petition for all major championships in golf to be moved to Michigan. The chap notched his second senior major of the summer at the U.S. Senior Open at Indianwood Golf & Country Club Sunday.

Chapman was born in Kenya, lives in Ascot, England, played most of his golf life out of the winner’s circle on the European Tour and earlier this summer eyed Lake Michigan on his first visit to our shores and couldn't believe people called the massive body of water a lake.

"Impressive," he said.

Then the unknown one-time winner won a golf tournament, a major championship in fact. He played flawless wire-to-wire golf to win the Senior PGA Championship in May at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor.

Impressive.

On Sunday he won another tournament in Michigan, and another major championship. He played a flawless final round this time to come from behind and go beyond impressive to brilliant. Michigan has been his private slice of golf heaven this year. Make that big slice, and he can afford a summer place on any of Michigan’s lakes. He netted $378,000 in Benton Harbor and $500,000 in Lake Orion.

His golf game is as solid as his bank book with an assortment of the shots needed to win and a wonderful golf swing. He admitted back in May he had a week of hitting the best iron shots of his life in Benton Harbor.

That's what everybody thought it might be -- a one week wonder, a surprise, the unusual winner who survives a major. Then, he did it again, in Michigan again.

"I wanted to prove to myself and others Benton Harbor wasn’t a one-of event," said Chapman, whose final 4-under-par 66 left him at 10-under-par 270 for the championship, two shots in front of four others.

He put an exclamation mark on the win at No. 17 with a pressure-packed 202-yard 6-iron shot to just inches from the hole for a birdie and 10-under-par.

"I can’t put my finger on why I won in Benton Harbor and why I won here," he said. "I’m just more confident in my golf swing."

Tom Lehman, tied with Fred Funk, Corey Pavin and Bernhard Langer in a second place group loaded with major championship credentials, said the players who have competed around the world over the years are not as surprised as the rest of golf by Chapman’s wins.

"He has always played like he is capable of winning all the time," he said. He became just the fourth golfer to win the Senior Open and the Senior PGA in the same year joining the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin.

"To be in the footsteps of such great golfers is a true honor," he said. Chapman has earned Michigan’s honor this summer, and before leaving he even made a bid to replace actor and Michigan native Tim Allen as the spokesman for the state’s "Pure Michigan" tourism campaign. He saw the commercials on television on his two visits, and was interviewed on television right after the victory.

"Just a lovely area," he said. "It’s pure Michigan."

It was also pure Chapman -- again.

 

U.S. SENIOR OPEN
Sunday At Indianwood Golf and Country Club Lake Orion, Mich. Purse: $2.75 million Yardage: 6,862; Par: 70
Final Round
a-amateur
Roger Chapman (1,000), $500,000 68-68-68-66-270
Fred Funk (356), $177,739 67-71-67-67-272
Bernhard Langer (356), $177,739 66-70-64-72-272
Tom Lehman (356), $177,739 70-66-68-68-272
Corey Pavin (356), $177,739 67-69-68-68-272
John Cook (174), $87,348 69-72-67-66-274
John Huston (174), $87,348 69-67-68-70-274
Mark Wiebe (154), $76,614 69-68-70-68-275
Jay Haas (130), $65,046 69-68-68-72-277
Peter Senior (130), $65,046 71-72-66-68-277
Lance Ten Broeck (130), $65,046 66-68-72-71-277
Mark Calcavecchia (0), $53,463 68-70-69-71-278
Fred Couples (0), $53,463 72-68-65-73-278
Tom Kite (0), $53,463 65-70-74-69-278
Dick Mast (0), $46,213 68-68-69-74-279
Tom Pernice Jr. (0), $46,213 67-71-66-75-279
Peter Fowler (0), $38,142 70-74-66-70-280
Damon Green (0), $38,142 68-72-72-68-280
Peter Jacobsen (0), $38,142 70-70-68-72-280
Jong-Duck Kim (0), $38,142 73-71-70-66-280
Steve Lowery (0), $38,142 70-68-69-73-280
Jay Don Blake (0), $27,497 73-65-75-68-281
Joel Edwards (0), $27,497 72-71-70-68-281
Gary Hallberg (0), $27,497 70-74-68-69-281
Kiyoshi Murota (0), $27,497 71-70-71-69-281
Kirk Triplett (0), $27,497 69-69-72-71-281
Tom Watson (0), $27,497 70-72-70-69-281
Brad Bryant (0), $19,491 70-68-74-70-282
Chien Soon Lu (0), $19,491 69-68-73-72-282
Jeff Sluman (0), $19,491 67-71-73-71-282
Rod Spittle (0), $19,491 70-69-71-72-282
Robert Thompson (0), $19,491 70-72-71-69-282
Michael Allen (0), $17,017 74-70-68-71-283
Barry Lane (0), $17,017 70-74-73-66-283
Jim Rutledge (0), $17,017 72-72-73-66-283
Tommy Armour III (0), $14,084 69-69-75-71-284
Olin Browne (0), $14,084 69-74-70-71-284
Tom Byrum (0), $14,084 70-74-72-68-284
David Eger (0), $14,084 69-70-74-71-284
Dan Forsman (0), $14,084 69-71-72-72-284
Mike Goodes (0), $14,084 71-73-66-74-284
Loren Roberts (0), $14,084 71-69-74-70-284
Joey Sindelar (0), $14,084 70-72-68-74-284
Brad Faxon (0), $11,165 69-71-71-74-285
Steve Jones (0), $11,165 69-72-71-73-285
Rick Lewallen (0), $11,165 70-68-72-75-285
Mikael Hogberg (0), $9,308 67-75-73-71-286
Andrew Magee (0), $9,308 74-70-67-75-286
Andy Oldcorn (0), $9,308 70-69-75-72-286
Jerry Pate (0), $9,308 69-75-68-74-286
Ted Schulz (0), $8,180 70-73-72-73-288
Bob Tway (0), $8,180 72-71-72-73-288
Fulton Allem (0), $7,774 68-75-70-76-289
Andy Bean (0), $7,774 70-73-73-73-289
Douglas Hanzel (0), $0 71-72-71-75-289
T.C. Chen (0), $7,490 71-72-71-76-290
Jim Chancey (0), $7,163 73-69-78-71-291
Gary Wolstenholme (0), $7,163 70-70-73-78-291
Fuzzy Zoeller (0), $7,163 70-74-69-78-291
Mark Brooks (0), $6,827 72-71-74-75-292
Mike Reid (0), $6,827 71-72-72-77-292
Sean Knapp (0), $0 70-72-76-74-292
Larry Mize (0), $6,659 71-72-75-75-293
Bob Gilder (0), $6,547 72-72-74-77-295
Dave Eichelberger (0), $6,436 70-74-78-78-300

 

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