Allbany golf pro Sonny Skinner
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Roger Chapman won the Senior PGA Championship, holding on for a two-stroke victory after leading comfortably throughout the final round Sunday.
Chapman led by five after 54 holes and was never really threatened Sunday. His closing 1-over 72 was his worst score of the tournament — but it was enough to give the Englishman a win at the major championship.
Albany’s Sonny Skinner, the pro at River Pointe Golf Club, shot a 1-under 70 and finished the tournament tied for 44th at 2-over.
Skinner was the low club pro in last year’s tournament, but the Sylvester native finished two shots behind club pro Bill Britton this year.
“The PGA of America really goes above board giving us an opportunity as seniors to compete with these great players from all over the world,” Skinner said. “And Billy Britton is a really solid player and I wish him all the luck in the world. He’s been a friend of mine for a long time, he plays hard golf courses well. I expect him to hit it down the middle and hit it on the green and make a bunch of pars and a few birdies and it looks like he’s doing that. So hat’s off to Billy.”
After the tournament, Skinner said he was looking forward to returning to Albany.
“My schedule for the rest of the season, first and foremost I’ll be working some at River Pointe, but at the same time I’m going to try my hand at getting in some Champions Tour events and hopefully do a little better than I’ve done so far,” Skinner said. “But I’m going to play probably in, I hope five or six more Champions Tour events.
Johnson overcomes Dufner to win at Colonial
FORT WORTH, Texas --- Zach Johnson won the Colonial for his first victory since also winning at Hogan’s Alley two years ago, pulling ahead Sunday when Jason Dufner finally faltered.
Johnson was assessed a two-stroke penalty for failing to replace his ball to its original position after marking it on the 18th hole. That left him with a 2-over 72 and a one-stroke victory.
“I’m going to focus on the positives, because I hit a really solid putt and it’s a good thing I made it,” Johnson said. “No harm, no foul. It was my fault.”
Johnson moved his original ball mark out of the line of Dufner’s putt on the 18th green. But he forgot to move it back before his final 5-foot putt.
Johnson finished at 12-under 268 for his eighth PGA Tour title.
Dufner closed with a 74. Tommy Gainey was a distant third at 7 under after a 67.
Dufner’s only two PGA Tour victories came in the last four weeks, a stretch when he also got married.
After winning last week at the Byron Nelson Championship, he was trying to match Ben Hogan, his hero, as the only players to win both PGA Tour events in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in the same year. Hogan did it in 1946, when the tournaments weren’t played in consecutive weeks.
BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Luke Donald took the top spot in the world ranking from Rory McIlroy for the third time in 10 weeks, successfully defending his title in the BMW PGA Championship.
The Englishman won the European Tour’s flagship event by four strokes, closing with a 4-under 68 to finish at 15-under 273 on Wentworth’s West Course.
It’s the sixth change at the top of the rankings between Donald and McIlroy in 12 weeks. McIlroy missed the cut at Wentworth after a second-round 79. Last year at Wentworth, Donald took the No. 1 spot from Lee Westwood when he beat Westwood in a playoff. Donald also won the PGA Tour’s Transitions Championship in March.
Scotland’s Paul Lawrie and England’s Justin Rose tied for second. Lawrie had a 66, and Rose shot 70.