2012 Senior PGA Champion
Senior PGA Championship
In 2012, Roger Chapman went wire-to-wire to capture the 73rd Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. Chapman built a nine-stroke lead early in the final round at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, Mich., and despite bogeys on three of his final five holes, was on cruise control throughout the back nine. His closing 1-over-par 72, his worst score of the week, gave him a winning total of 13-under-par 271.
With his victory, Chapman became the first Englishman to win the Championship, and the first European since World Golf Hall of Famer Jock Hutchison in 1947.
"It's the greatest day of my professional career. No question about that," said Chapman.
John Cook finished two strokes back at 69, and became the first non-winner in Championship history to post all four rounds in the 60s.
Chapman became the first player since Irwin in 2004 to win the Senior PGA Championship after holding at least a share of the lead following each round. Chapman's third-round 64 helped him pull away from Cook, and he extended his lead on the front nine in the final round.
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For the second time in five years, Bill Britton, PGA director of instruction at Trump National Golf Club in Colts Neck, N.J., earned Low PGA Club Professional honors. Britton, one of four PGA Professionals to make the cut, finished the Championship at even-par 284. He was also the low PGA professional in 2008. Click here for more.
The most historic and prestigious event in senior golf, the Senior PGA Championship was born in 1937 and was played that initial year at Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club, at the suggestion of renowned amateur Bobby Jones. Today, the Senior PGA Championship brings both the legends of the game and the newest members of senior professional golf to new audiences throughout the United States.
The 2013 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid will be held May 23-26 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. Bellerive will also host the 2018 PGA Championship. The 2014 Senior PGA Championship will return to Harbor Shores, May 22-25.
For a complete history and records of the Senior PGA Championship, click here.