Roger Chapman earned the right to be mentioned in the same sentence with Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin.
Not bad for a self-described former European Tour journeyman.
The Englishman shot a 4-under 66 on Sunday to win the U.S. Senior Open by two strokes at 10 under at Indianwood in Lake Orion, Mich. He won the Senior PGA Championship by the same margin two months ago on the other side of Michigan.
Chapman, Nicklaus, Player and Irwin are the only players to win the U.S. Senior Open and Senior PGA Championship in the same year.
"It's a true honor," Chapman said.
Before this year, his career highlight was a European Tour win in Brazil in 2000.
Bernhard Langer (72), Fred Funk (67), Tom Lehman (68) and Corey Pavin (68) finished tied for second at 8-under 272 at the Champions Tour's fourth of five majors. Pavin's two-stroke penalty after his first round for hitting a ball that moved a fraction of an inch proved to be costly.
Entering the final round, it seemed as if the only lingering question was how easily Langer would win.
Langer, though, found out what the first- and second-round leaders -- Tom Kite and Lance Ten Broeck -- did the previous two days: It's not easy to stay consistent at Indianwood.
Langer took a four-shot lead into the final round and closed with a shaky performance that spoiled his shot at winning his second U.S. Senior Open.
The German said Saturday if he closed
Langer pushed his second tee shot to the right under a line of trees on the 396-yard, par-4 second hole. After walking more than 100 yards to examine the path of his approach shot, he hit a low shot that landed against the lip of a greenside bunker. Langer tried to play what he called a "special shot," and ended up sailing it over the green to set up a double bogey.
The wind picked up considerably Sunday -- with gusts up to 20 mph -- and made it even tougher to keep tee shots on the unforgiving and tight fairways and to accurately approach hard, undulating greens.
Chapman answered the challenge for much of the day with two birdies on the front nine and four through 14 holes. He chunked a shot out of the bunker at 16, leading to a bogey that he made up for on the next hole.
The 53-year-old Chapman stepped to the potentially pivotal 195-yard, par-3 17th and calmly hit a 5-iron shot that was close enough for a tap-in birdie that restored a two-shot lead.
PGA Tour: Zach Johnson won the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., on the second playoff hole, hitting his second shot to a foot for a birdie to beat Troy Matteson.
After Johnson and Matteson double-bogeyed the 18th for the first playoff hole, Johnson hit a 193-yard second shot from a bunker to 12 inches from the cup, again on the 18th. Matteson needed to sink a 43-footer to match Johnson's birdie but didn't get the putt to the hole.
It was Johnson's second win of the season and ninth of his career.
Both players hit their second shots into the water on the first playoff hole. Matteson hit his tee shot into the trees on the right, then hit his lay-up into the pond right of the fairway and short of the green. Johnson hooked his second shot into the pond, nearer the green, from a bunker on the left. They each stumbled to double-bogey 6.
European Tour: Jeev Milkha Singh beat Francesco Molinari in a playoff in Inverness to win the Scottish Open and secure a late berth in next week's British Open. A final-round meltdown by local hope Marc Warren left Singh and Molinari tied at 17-under 271. The 40-year-old Indian won by draining a 15-foot putt for birdie on No. 18.