Chapman returns from 1st Champions Tour win

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Michael Allen has known Chapman since playing in Europe for three years during the late 1980s.

“I know he’s a really good player who really hasn’t played well over here so far this year until (the Senior PGA),” said Allen, the Schwab Cup points leader. “He was certainly the best player that week. It’s one of the great things about golf, it takes a week or two and you can be in the same game and be a big part of it. It’s great.”

Doing it twice in a row against the Champions Tour’s elder statesmen would be a “brilliant” feat.

Jay Haas is coming off a five-stroke win over Larry Mize at the Principal Charity Classic. Tom Lehman won the last of his three 2011 titles at Shoal Creek. He won with a par on the second playoff hole last year to beat Peter Senior.

Lehman is coming off a tie with Fred Funk for fourth place at the Principal Charity Classic.

“Having had one year of experience here, which was a very good experience, there’s no guarantee of success again this year,” Lehman said. “But I tend to not get too concerned with being defending champion. Just because I won last year, there’s no certainty that I will again this year. With that said, my game is in good shape. I’ve been playing pretty well the last month and a half or so and I feel pretty good.”

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