Roger Chapman earned his first career Champions Tour win last week in the Senior PGA Championship. The win has almost sunk in and he has not gotten too much sleep since winning on Sunday. He feels that this win will change many things in his life from this point on.
While he would have loved to be leading by 10 or 11 shots on the 18th hole, he felt really happy being able to play the back nine on Sunday with a good lead although he eventually only won by 2 shots. He felt that he played incredibly well all week and made very few mistakes.
When he birdied 4, 6, and 7 on Sunday to increase his 5 shot lead, he started to think that he could win by a large number. That feeling was tempered just a little bit when he saw the 10th green but he never stopped feeling confident that he would win on Sunday.
He ate dinner at the Grand Mere Inn every night and on Saturday, David Frost and Bobby Clampett invited him to dinner but Chapman said that he declined the invitation because he wanted to keep to the routine that had been helping him all week. He joked that his only regret is that despite all of the publicity for Grand Mere Inn, he never got a free meal.
He is on his way to Spain for a European Senior Tour event and then will head back to the U.S. for the Regions Tradition and then the U.S. Senior Open and the Senior Open Championship. It is a wonderful feeling to know that for the next year he will be able to pick and choose which events he will play in instead of going through Monday Qualifying.