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Roger Chapman won his second straight Senior Major in Michigan, taking the US Senior Open by two strokes over the group of Bernhard Langer, Fred Funk, Corey Pavin and Tom Lehman. Just six weeks before, Chapman had won the Senior PGA, held in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Back-to-Back Majors places Chapman in some pretty prestigious company.
A few final round notes:
English Champion– Roger Chapman’s victory at the 2012 U.S. Senior Open makes him the first English USGA champion since Alison Nicholas, who won the 1997 U.S. Women’s Open. He is also the first English male USGA champion since Tony Jacklin in the 1970 U.S. Open.
Foreign-Born Champion – Roger Chapman is the seventh foreign-born winner of the U.S. Senior Open (Roberto De Vicenzo, 1980; Gary Player, 1987 & 1988; Simon Hobday, 1994; Graham Marsh, 1997; Eduardo Romero, 2008; Bernhard Langer, 2010).
Winner in his First Senior Open – Roger Chapman is the first player since Peter Jacobsen in 2003 to win the U.S. Senior Open on his first attempt. He is the eighth player to win the Senior Open in his first attempt. Chapman was also playing in his first USGA championship. A total of 66 players participated in their first U.S. Senior Open in 2012.
Lowest Score by Winner, Fourth Round – Roger Chapman’s final round 66 (4 under par) tied the fifth-lowest final-round score by a U.S. Senior Open champion behind Allen Doyle, who shot a 63 in the final round in 2005.
Four Rounds in the 60s – Roger Chapman shot all four rounds in the 60s (68-68-68-66) and is the first player to win with all rounds in the 60s since Bernhard Langer in 2010.
Lowest Score, Last 54 HolesRoger Chapman played the final 54 holes in 202 strokes (8 under par), which is tied for the fifth-lowest score over the last 54 holes in U.S. Senior Open history.
Lowest Score By Non-Winner, 72 Holes – The four players who tied at 272 (8 under par) for the championship (Fred Funk, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin and Bernhard Langer) tied for the second-lowest score by a non-winner in U.S. Senior Open history. Previously, Bruce Fleisher recorded 270 strokes (14 under par) at Saucon Valley C.C. (Old Course) in Bethlehem, Pa., in 2000.
Best Comeback by Winner, Final Round – Chapman came from four strokes behind to win the 201 2U.S. Senior Open, which is tied for the third-largest final-round comeback by a winner in Senior Open history. Allen Doyle came from 9 strokes back to win the 2005 U.S. Senior Open at NCR C.C. in Kettering, Ohio in 2005.
Largest 54-Hole Lead, Non-Winner – Bernhard Langer’s four-stroke lead is the largest 54-hole lead by a non-winner in U.S. Senior Open history, besting the mark of three set by Ray Floyd in 1998 and Tom Watson in 2007.
Lowest Score by Winner, Second RoundRoger Chapman’s 68 in the second round tied the sixth-lowest round in the second round by a winner in U.S. Senior Open history.
Most Top-25 Finishes – Tom Watson finished tied for 22nd, which is his 11th top 25 and ties him for the second-most top-25 finishes in U.S. Senior Open history behind Jack Nicklaus, who has 12.
Most Sub-Par Rounds, Career – Tom Watson has 22 sub-par rounds in his U.S. Senior Open career, which is second to Jack Nicklaus and Hale Irwin, who have 26 career sub-par rounds in their U.S. Senior Open careers.
1981 Walker Cup – Roger Chapman and runner-up Corey Pavin both participated in the 1981 Walker Cup Match at Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, Calif. They played in the same group on Sunday at the 2012 U.S. Senior Open.
Most Runner-Up Finishes – Fred Funk’s runner-up finish is his second at a U.S. Senior Open (2008), which ties him for the second-most runner-up finishes in U.S. Senior Open history behind Tom Watson, who has three.
2012 U.S. Senior Open Attendance: Thursday (July 12) – 12,374 ; Friday (July 13) – 14.417 ; Saturday (July 14) – 17,128 ; Sunday (July 15) – 18,304; Championship Total (4 days) – 62,223