July 16, 2012- Englishman Roger Chapman joined an impressive group on Sunday. Chapman shot a final round 66 Sunday to win the Senior Open at 10 under by two strokes. Chapman joined Gary Player, Hale Irwin and Jack Nicklaus as the only four players to capture both the Senior U.S. Open and the Senior PGA during the same season. Prior to 2012, the highlight of his career on the European Tour was a win in 2000 in Brazil.
For players Corey Pavin, Tom Lehman, Fred Funk and Bernhard Langer finished two strokes back in a tie for second place. This was the fourth major of five on the Champions Tour. Langer had started the day with a lead of four shots, but ended with a final round of 2 over par to join the others in second place.
On Saturday, the Langer said if he was 2 under or better on the final round he would be hard to catch. On the second hole, he recorded a double bogey and gave Chapman the opportunity to go ahead of him and that is just what the Englishman did and never looked back.
On Sunday, the wind was considerably stronger as it gusted near 20 mph making shots off the tee much more difficult, making it difficult to keep the ball in the narrow fairways and on the undulating greens that had become hard over the weekend.