Play-off victory ends Chapman's long wait
Monday 27 March 2000
Roger Chapman ended an 18-year wait for his first European Tour victory last night when he won at the second play-off hole against Padraig Harrington to take the Rio de Janeiro Open.
Chapman's final-round 65, seven under par, hauled him alongside Harrington, closing the five-stroke deficit he faced at the beginning of the final round. Harrington's 70 left the pair on 18 under par, a stroke better than Argentina's Jose Coceres, the recent Dubai Desert Classic champion.
As Chapman flourished, running up six birdies in the first 11 holes, Harrington, who led by two strokes at the start of play, needed to hole a testing five-footer to even make the play-off.
The Irishman looked to have ended a frustrating run of second places, six in 11 months, when Chapman drove into water at the first extra hole, but the 41-year-old salvaged a bogey as Harrington took three putts.
At the next extra hole, it was Harrington's turn to find water. Chapman composed himself to split the fairway and find the green for par to Harrington's bogey.
Chapman's triumph came after 472 tournaments, well over 1,000 rounds and 12 second-place finishes worldwide.
Latest in Sport
Arsenal transfer latest: Arsene Wenger set to sign...no one on transfer deadline day as manager heads to Rome to referee charity match
Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal offloads fringe players as he looks to the long term
Radamel Falcao transfer latest: Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City linked with blockbuster move
Tottenham to offer Andros Townsend to Southampton in £14m deadline day bid for Jay Rodriguez
Tottenham vs Liverpool player ratings: Who was the star man? Raheem Sterling? Alberto Moreno? Or new-boy Mario Balotelli?
- 1 Half of young women unable to ‘locate vagina’ and 65% find it difficult to say the word
- 2 Perez Hilton apologises for Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
- 5 Jennifer Lawrence 'naked sex video' will be leaked threatens 4Chan celebrity photo hacker
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage