Chapman WDs from U.S. Open; Stallings lands spot
Roger Chapman has withdrawn from the 2013 U.S. Open, citing a shoulder injury, though he intends to play this week's Regions Tradition tournament on the Champions Tour. Chapman won last year’s U.S. Senior Open to earn an exemption into the U.S. Open.
Scott Stallings, the first alternate from the sectional qualifier Monday in Memphis, Tenn., will replace Chapman in next week's Open at Merion Golf Club. Stallings shot 70-69 at the sectional at Colonial Country Club on June 3 and lost in a three-man playoff for two spots.
Chapman, 54, of England, explained his move in a statement via the Champions Tour.
“I consider it an honor to be invited to the championship, however, I do have some nagging shoulder issues, and that would mean playing essentially eight consecutive weeks of major-championship golf. While I feel that I would enjoy playing in the U.S. Open, I am a member of the PGA Tour’s Champions Tour and will compete in this week’s Regions Tradition and take scheduled weeks off to allow me to continue to play at a high level on the Champions Tour which should be my highest priority. This would allow another deserving player an opportunity to experience playing in one of the biggest golf events in the world.”
Full U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying results can be found here.