Chapman takes 5-stroke lead at Senior PGA

The weather has been different every day at Harbor Shores but the man at the top of the leader board has not been.

Journeyman Roger Chapman shot a 7-under 64 on Saturday to take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the Senior PGA Championship.

"Probably has to be the best iron play I've ever had in my life. So yeah, it was pretty special out there today," says Chapman who is leading heading into the final round of a major for the first time in his career.

Chapman finished the day at 14-under par. John Cook began the round tied with Chapman for the lead and pulled within a stroke with a a birdie on nine. Chapman followed by picking up birdies on 10, 11 and 12 to open up a 5-stroke lead. Cook shot a 69 and is in 2nd place at 9-under overall.

"It's phenomenal the way he's playing," says Benard Langer, who is 11 strokes back of the lead. "I mean it'd be a great tournament if he wasn't in the field because the next player is like 8-under and then 7-under. But now he's at 14 (under). That's great scoring and my hat's off to him."

Chapman's 54-hole score of 199 tied the tournament record set by Sam Snead in 1973, although Snead was 17 under when he set the mark. His 64 on Saturday ties the course record set by Michael Allen on Friday.

Steve Pate had a 67 to join 66-year-old Hale Irwin at 7 under. Irwin made a triple bogey on the par-3 fourth, but played well on the back nine and shot 69.

Irwin, a 4-time Senior PGA Champion, played alongside Chapman on Saturday and was very impressed.

"He was hitting on all cylenders today and played well," Irwin explains. "Very impressive and I think the rest of us really have a long row to hoe tomorrow to catch him."

As for Saturday night, Chapman will treat it just like he did Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He'll head back to the Grande Mere Inn in Stevensville for dinner.

"Go back to the same place, same table, same book" Chapman explains. "Just chill, really. Just get my mind off the game tomorrow and try and sleep tonight and come out fighting tomorrow."

Don't change what isn't broken.

Live coverage of the final round of the Senior PGA Championship begins at 3pm on Channel 16 Sunday afternoon.

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