Sunday, May 27, 2012
Roger Chapman arrived at the Senior PGA Championship as a relative unknown. But after a victory as compelling as it was unlikely, the 53-year-old Englishman has earned his place in the rarified ranks of senior major champions.
Early in the week, several players thought a score around even par would be good enough to win. Thursday's results bore that out. From then on, however, the scores headed distinctly downward, leaving everyone to try to figure out why.
Though John Cook was unhappy that he couldn't convert enough of his chances to overtake Roger Chapman, he set a record for lowest score by a runner-up in tournament history. And all in all, he loved his experience at Harbor Shores.
Hale Irwin wasn't impressed that, a week shy of his 67th birthday, his third-place finish cemented his distinction as the oldest player to finish in the top five in a major. Already, he said, he's got some ideas on how to get better.
Bill Britton of New Jersey carded an even-par 71 Sunday to finish with the best score of the four PGA Professionals who made the cut this week. This is the second time Britton has earned this distinction since 2008.
Roger Chapman established a number of interesting marks by virtue of his victory on Sunday....