13 to watch for 2013: No. 9 Roger Chapman

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Roger Chapman set the bar high for 2013 after winning two majors in 2012.
January 05, 2013
Vartan Kupelian

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Roger Chapman’s outlook has been dramatically altered. Winning two major championships in seven weeks will do that for anyone.

That’s quite an accomplishment and it leads to this question: What will the engaging Englishman do for an encore in 2013?

Chapman's breakthrough victory came in the Senior PGA Championship at the Golf Club at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich. Typically, he arrived there with modest goals – and left with his first Champions Tour victory. Seven weeks later, the Champions Tour returned to Michigan for the U.S. Senior Open at Indianwood Golf & Country Club in Lake Orion. Chapman was back, too. In the winner’s circle.

“I might buy a place in Michigan,” Chapman said.

The two major victories tell Chapman all he needs to know about himself and his game. The goal this year is to build on those successes and capitalize on the opportunities now available to him.

"Senior golf gives you a new lease of life, and you try and take every opportunity you can, and fortunately those two I did,” he said.

Chapman began 2012 with a conditional exemption. With the victory at the Senior PGA Championship, he became only the second English (Mark James is the other) to win a major on the Champions Tour. At Indianwood, he joined Jack Nicklaus (1991), Gary Player (1987) and Hale Irwin (1998) to win the Senior PGA Championship and the U.S. Senior Open in the same year.

Chapman eclipsed the $1 million mark in season earnings and finished fourth in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race to add a $200,000 annuity to his winnings.


Best finishes 1st Senior PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open
By the Numbers
Starts: 12
Cuts made: 11
Top-10 finishes: 2
Schwab Cup ranking: 4th
Money List rank: 13th
Champions Tour ranking
Driving distance: 23rd
Driving accuracy: 67th
Greens in regulation: 6th
Putts per round: 62nd
Scoring average: 17th