Roger Chapman of England won the 33rd U.S. Senior Open Championship at Indianwood Golf & Country Club on Sunday with a tournament total of -10 under par. Roger fired a last round -4 under par, 66, to win by two shots. There were four players tied in second position at -8 under par, including the third round leader by four, Bernhard Langer. Bernhard was joined by Fred Funk, Tom Lehman and Corey Pavin. 53 year old Roger joins an elite club with Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin as the only players to win the U.S. Senior Open and Senior PGA Championship in the same year. Roger obviously enjoys this part of the Country, his Senior PGA title in May came at The Golf Club at Harbor Shores. He said at his presentation ceremony; "Just a lovely area."
Bernhard who shot 64 yesterday, to lead the field by four shots, inexplicably stumbled to a last round 72, +2 over par on the day. An amazing eight shot swing on the previous round, Bernhard had said after Saturday's round if he closed with a -2 or -3 under, it would be difficult to catch him.
He also said on Saturday;
"Without being big headed, I think I'm one of the better players out here the last three or four years. I've won the Schwab Cup. If you do that, you've got to play well. If you can win normal tournaments and be in the top five or top 10 on a regular basis, you ought to be doing fairly well in the majors too because the majors are even harder.The better players, I think, will separate themselves even more from the average player in the majors because conditions are usually tough"
Well the so confident German was unable to deliver the goods when it was required.