LAKE ORION, Mich. (AP) - Roger Chapman has joined impressive company.
The Englishman shot a 4-under 66 on Sunday to win the U.S. Senior Open by two strokes at 10 under.
Chapman, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin are the only players to win the U.S. Senior Open and Senior PGA Championship in the same year.
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.
Langer took a four-shot lead into the final round and closed with a 2-over-par round.
The German said Saturday if he closed with a 2- or 3-under round, it would be difficult for anyone to catch him. When the German had a double bogey at No. 2, he gave Chapman a chance to pass him.
The wind picked up considerably Sunday - with gusts up to 20 mph - to make 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 of the bunker at 16, leading to a bogey that he made moot on the next hole.
The 53-year-old Chapman stepped to the potentially pivotal 195-yard, par-3 17th and calmly hit a tee shot that was close enough for a tap-in birdie to restore a two-shot lead.
Chapman chose to use his driver at the 462-yard, par-4 18th and he got a break when his tee shot was stopped by fans standing along the left ropes. That gave him with a decent lie in the rough that he took advantage of with an approach that set him up for a two-putt par to seal the victory that proved what he did in May on the other side of Michigan wasn't a fluke.
He had a stunning wire-to-wire win at the Senior PGA Championship in Harbor Springs at Harbor Shores, beating John Cook by two strokes after closing with two bogeys.
Player was the first to win the U.S. Senior Open and Senior PGA Championship in 1987, Nicklaus did it in 1991 and Irwin pulled off the feat in 1998.
Until Chapman's breakout this year, his shining moment was beating Padraig Harrington in a playoff for his first European Tour win in his 472nd start on that tour.
He had a conditional exemption on the Champions Tour in 2010 and lost his status last year, finishing 84th on the money list less than $90,000 after failing to crack the top 10 in any of his 11 starts.
Chapman will make about $500,000 for winning the U.S. Senior Open after getting a check for $378,000 from the Senior PGA.
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