KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — Roger Chapman waited a long time for his first trip to the PGA Championship.
So a little – OK, long – delay on Sunday didn’t damper Chapman’s spirits.
Chapman – who won the U.S. Senior Open Championship and Senior PGA Championship earlier this year – left London at noon on Sunday and didn’t get in to the Kiawah Island area until 2:30 p.m. on Monday.
After spending 14 hours in the Washington-Dulles International Airport – where his 5 p.m. EDT flight to Charleston, S.C. was delayed at least seven times – Chapman had to make a mad dash to the Ronald Reagan Airport in Arlington, Va. and catch a flight into Savannah, Ga., where he’d land and take a two-hour courtesy car ride into the Kiawah area.
Oh, without his suitcase, clubs and everything else. (They did show up around 8 p.m. Monday night.)
“So I have not had the chance to look at the course,” quipped Chapman, making his first appearance at the PGA Championship.
Chapman never expected to be back at a major championship – at least not one off the senior circuit.
“I thought my last Open Championship in 2002 was going to be – that was it,” said Chapman.
“I hadn’t thought of being at a U.S. PGA or a U.S. Open, which I’ll be in next year, so the only one missing is the Masters. I wonder if there’s an invitation.”
Chapman is in a no-lose situation this week at Kiawah, with few expectations from both himself and the golf world.
“My first PGA Championship, really looking forward to it. It’s on a fantastic course. I did tell a lie. I have played it on Xbox with my son Sunday morning, so I got a bit of a feel to it.”