Chappell Brushes Off Tough Start, Leads Valero Texas Open


After all the havoc TPC San Antonio wreaked on the third round field, one player was left on top: Kevin Chappell. Despite three bogeys and a double on the front, Chappell rebounded to post a 1-under 71, which was good enough to get him to -8 and the 54-hole lead.

A win tomorrow would be a tremendous milestone for Chappell, who has yet to win on Tour, finishing runner-up four times in 2016.

Chappell is up one stroke on Branden Grace and John Huh, but a whopping 26 golfers are within five strokes of that lead.

Top 10

1 Kevin Chappell -8
T2 Branden Grace, John Huh -7
T4 Ryan Palmer, Carl Pettersson, Martin Laird, Kevin Tway, Bud Cauley, Tony Finau, Cameron Smith -6

Other Notables

11 Brian Gay -5
T12 Brooks Koepka, Camilo Villegas, Bob Estes -4
T19 Ryan Moore, Jimmy Walker -3
T35 Stewart Cink, Charley Hoffman E
T44 Smylie Kaufman +1
T50 Graeme McDowell, Andrew “Beef” Johnston +2
T59 Matt Kuchar, Justin Leonard +3

Leader Quote

“I just needed to find a rhythm. Obviously, the course hit me hard in the chin early, and I couldn’t find a rhythm, couldn’t find a rhythm, and then to make the turn at only two over after some of the places I hit it, I was confident that if I could get to 14 tee at two-over or better, I could post a score, and then to birdie 14, 16, 17 obviously felt sweet.”
– Kevin Chappell, 54-hole Leader


Source: Pro Golf Weekly

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