Ian Woosnam looks like he can top the European Senior Order of Merit table soon however one person is standing in his way, Sam Torrance. The competition between the two of them could be extremely tight.
However the subplot of the rookie of the year race is just as exciting. Rookie of the year has the contention of Roger Chapman who is ninth position of the Senior Order of Merit. Chris Williams, South African, and Gordon Brand Jnr, Scotland are all in contention of the title. There will be huge amounts of tension between this trio at the Casa Serena Open in Czech Republic next week. However if there is a win from Peter Senior or Mike Harwood this will put them both in full contention. Chapman has been leading the rookies since turning 50 in May due to his consistency. He has had three top five finishes so far. He has third place in Son Gual Mallorca and tied third in the Irish Seniors Open. He has said recently that he thought he should have won both of the tournament and if not both then have the lead going into the final round.
Forgan sponsored Woosnam won the Rookie of the Year trophy at the Senior Tour Annual Dinner at Woburn last week. Chapman is looking to take this title and will be the third Englishman to claim the honour after Carl Mason and Kevin Spurgeon. "What a great player Woosie would be to follow," said Chapman. "It would be an honour to win Rookie of the Year. I didn't do it on the main Tour so I'd like to do it on the Senior Tour. "I have had six top ten finishes so far so I can't grumble. I'm hoping to get into the top five in the Order of Merit and I'd like to get that done and dusted before Tour Championship. " I've played with ping k15 well – I maybe should have won the first two events but I'd been out of the equation for four or five years and it was a case of getting used to the nerves again.
You have Mike Harwood, who won some big tournaments on the main Tour, Gordon Brand Jnr who is ex-Ryder Cup, and Marc Farry and Peter Senior who have both won on Tour. They are all great players and it makes me proud to be leading them all."