Name:Roger M. Chapman
Born:May 1, 1959 in Nakuru, Kenya.
Original/Home Club:Nakuru, Kenya
Turned Pro:1981 (+1 hcp)
Played as the inaugural MCB Tour Championship - Seychelles (Dec 14-16; European Senior Tour season-ending event). Roger Chapman (Eng) beat Phillip Price (Wales) with an eagle at the first playoff hole (par-5 18th), to record his first win on the Tour for more than six years. Opening round reduced to 12 holes due to rain. [Constance Lemuria Resort, Praslin, Seychelles].
The US Senior Open (July 12-15). Second-placed Fred Funk (USA), Tom Lehman (USA), Corey Pavin (USA) and Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 2 shots behind Chapman (Eng). Chapman claimed his second major title, having won the US Senior PGA Championship earlier in 2012. [Indianwood G&CC, Lake Orion, Mich.].
The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid (May 24-27). Second-placed John Cook (USA) finished 2 shots behind first-time major championship winner Chapman (Eng), who became the first Englishman to win this event. [The GC at Harbor Shores, Benton Harbor, Mich].
Eurpn Snr Tr
Chapman (Eng) won the Eurpn Snr Tr 2012 Order of Merit and associated John Jacobs Trophy, with earnings of €356,751 on the Tour. Barry Lane (Eng) was second with €284,636; Tim Thelen (USA) was third with €251,772.
Played as the Hassan II Trophy (Nov 9-12; unofficial limited-field event). Second-placed Shaun Micheel (USA) finished 1 shot behind Chapman (Eng). [Red course, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco].
Played as the Brazil Rio de Janeiro 500 Years Open (March 23-26; co-sanctioned with Eurpn Tr; one of two 500 Year golf events celebrating Brazil's discovery). Chapman (Eng) beat Padraig Harrington (Ire) with a par at the second playoff hole. 40-year-old Chapman recorded his first win on the European Tour after 472 attempts. [Itanhanga GC, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.
Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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