Roger Chapman – The Man Who Started it All at Harbor Shores
Hard to believe that it has been 10 years since Englishman Roger Chapman captured the first KitchenAid Senior PGA that was played at Harbor Shores.
Chapman, now 63, won twice that year. Both were senior majors, and both were in Michigan. Two months after winning at Harbor Shores, he captured the U.S. Senior Open at Indianwood, in Lake Orion.
As he walked up 18 on Thursday in the opening round, Chapman could not help but think of the many great memories he has from that victory at Harbor Shores a decade ago. He beat John Cook by two shots, and Hale Irwin by three.
“There were all sorts of shots to remember, really,” said Chapman. “I played very well that week, putted well. My 64 in the third round, I came back in 30 (5 under) on the back nine, and didn’t miss a shot. And then you try to replicate it 10 years on, it doesn’t quite work out.”
Chapman played well enough to make the cut this week, which was an accomplishment in itself. The European Legends Tour – the overseas counterpart to the PGA Tour Champions – starts the big portion of its schedule with this week’s event. COVID-19 completely wiped out the Legends schedule in 2020. Chapman went 18 months without a golf tournament to play back home.
“I’ve been practicing and everything,” he said, “but you need that competitive edge.”
All four of the past champions from Harbor Shores competed this week: Chapman, Colin Montgomerie (2014), Rocco Mediate (2016) and Paul Broadhurst (2018). The 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA was canceled because of COVID.