Chapman counts cost of victory
Tuesday 28 March 2000
The Veteran Roger Chapman earned £70,000 by winning the Brazil Rio de Janeiro 500 Years Open here on Sunday, but he can expect a hefty bar bill after promising friends a celebration if he ever won an event on the European Tour.
Now, 472 Tour events into his career, he will be expected to fulfil his promise after sealing a tense play-off victory when Padraig Harrington drove into the water at the second extra hole. Despite being a member of the tour's millionaires' club, a win had eluded the 40-year-old Chapman in his 19-year Tour career, and last year he promised to mark the occasion in lavish fashion should he ever break that duck. "I'd have one hell of a party," he said. "All the people who have supported me down the years, I'd invite them all. I'd probably have to hire out a restaurant."
Chapman had begun the final day five shots behind Harrington, but returned a nerveless 65 to end on 18 under par alongside the Irishman. Harrington had led the ScotAlastair Forsyth by two strokes overnight, but Chapman sped to the turn in four under and picked up three further shots on the back nine. Forsyth looked set to finish fourth, behind the Argentinian Jose Coceres, but a triple-bogey at the last pushed him back into a share of sixth on 13 under.
The Tour's foray into South America continues on Thursday with the SÃ£o Paulo 500 Years Open. Chapman tries to double up before returning home to Windlesham in Kent for celebrations he will still hope do not go down as "a party of a lifetime."
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