Roger Chapman held on for his second career Champions Tour major title on Sunday, as the 53-year-old England native avoided a late charge from challengers to take the 2012 U.S. Senior Open Championship at 10-under par.
Chapman recorded a tournament-best 18 birdies during his four-round trek of the Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, and capped his weekend off with a 4-under score of 66, tied for the lowest of the day. A big winner in the state of Michigan back in late May at the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Chapman summed up his return trip to the mitten state with the most fitting thing that came to his mind. "It's pure Michigan," he said.
Finishing two strokes behind Chapman in a tie for second place was a group of four men that included Fred Funk, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin and Bernhard Langer. Langer, the 54-hole leader at 10-under par, was never able to bounce back from a debilitating double bogey on his second hole of the day. The popular pick before the tournament began, Pavn's final round 68 gave him four straight days in red numbers, a feat only he and Chapman would be able to claim by tournament's end.