About Roger Chapman

Roger Chapman has been a regular fixture on the PGA European Tour for over two decades.  Prior to turning Professional in 1981, he achieved a most successful amateur career.  Roger won the Kent Open Championship in 1977 and was a member of the Kent team who won the English County Championship.  He represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup Team,(beating Hal Sutton twice in one day) and England at every level, culminating in the 1979 English Amateur Champion title at Royal St Georges. His first Professional victory came at the 1988 Zimbabwe Open, where he beat Vijay Singh on the last hole.

Since then, he has notched, an incredible fourteen 2nd place finishes in tournaments worldwide.  His immensely respectable and consistent golfing record was crowned by a victory in 2000 at European Tour event, the 500 Years Brazilian Open in Rio di Janeiro.  This achievement qualified a first appearance playing as a professional for his country at the Dunhill Cup at St Andrews where he won his match against Scotland, taking his opponent down the 19th!  This was Roger’s finest year to date and brought him a second win at the King Hassan II trophy in Morocco.

He reached the milestone of 500 Tour appearances in 2001.  His highlight of 2002 was at Loch Lomond when he finished tied 3rd in the Scottish Open, qualifying for a place in the following week’s Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, his 17th Open Championship appearance.  2003 was a consolidating year where Roger retained his card for 2004, having played over 600 tournaments in all – a feat only previously achieved by two other players.

Roger has had two holes-in-one on the Tour – one at the British Open in 1981 and at the 2000 British Masters at Woburn G&CC. His lowest rounds ever were 59 in a Pro Am at Wimbledon Park GC and 61, 11 under par for one round, at the Ebel European Masters – the Swiss Open, at Crans Montana in 1985 and 62 in the Volvo German Open in 1996.  He has had 57 top tens on the European Tour.

Roger started his Senior Tour career in May 2009 in Europe and achieved 12 top ten finishes in 32 events including two 2nd places, losing to David Frost in a playoff  in Mauritius and two 3rds and a hole in one at the USPGA in Ohio. Roger Qualified for The Champions Tour in 2010.

Roger Started his 2012 year conditionally exempt and made the most of his first start of the year. He led wire to wire to win the 2012 Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor, MI., by 2 strokes over John Cook.

Seven weeks later he came from behind to win the United States Senior Open, by 2 strokes over Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman, Fred Funk and Corey Pavin at Indianwood CC in Lake Orion MI. He became the fourth player along with Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Hale Irwin, to record victories in both the US Senior PGA Championship and the US Senior Open Championship in the same calendar year. He was also recognized as the 2012 Champions Tour Player of the Year.


Scored his first Albatross (double eagle) during the Tuesday Pro Am on 7th hole, holing his 3 wood second shot from 261 yards


21st at his first tournament this year in Mitsubishi Championship, Hualalai, Kona, HI with rounds of 69, 66 and 73

Scoring average 69.33

Victories: PGA Champions Tour (2)

  • 2012 Senior PGA Championship
  • 2012 US Senior Open Championship

Other Notable victories:

  • 2000 Brazilian Open (European PGA TOUR)
  • 1988 Zimbabwe Open
  • King Hassan Trophy II, Morocco

Notable Career Accomplishments:

  • Member of the European Tour since 1981
  • European Tour Committee Member since 1995 – 2005
  • Voted onto the European Tour Board 2004
  • Commentator – BBC & SKY TV Golf Channels * Radio 5 Live
  • Assistant to Bernhard Langer at the Ryder Cup 2004
  • Referee, European Senior Tour 2007/8
  • Patron of Children with Special Needs Foundation since 2000
  • Committee Member on European Senior Tour 2011

Current Sponsors include:

  • Footjoy Shoes
  • Titleist Ball/Hat/Glove
  • Mizuno Bag
  • Druh Belts
  • Bobby Jones Clothing
  • Aristo trousers

Past Sponsors include:

  • Diners Club
  • Jaeger
  • Alfa Romeo
  • City Index
  • Helping Hands Concierge
  • Powakaddy UK
  • Beachcomber – Mauritius
  • International Plywood
  • Centex
  • Speedy Services
  • Titleist
  • Divots Clothing