Chappell finishes strong to grab Texas Open lead


Chappell finishes strong to grab Texas Open lead

Los Angeles (AFP) – American Kevin Chappell, whose first PGA title came at last year’s Tour Championship, birdied three of the last five holes for one-stroke lead after Saturday’s third round of the Texas Open.

Chappell fired a one-under par 71 in windy conditions to stand on eight-under 208 after 54 holes at San Antonio, one stroke ahead of compatriot John Huh and South African Branden Grace.

American Ryan Palmer fired a 68, the day’s low round, to jump from a share of 36th to level fourth in a pack of seven on 210 that included Scotsman Martin Laird, Australian Cameron Smith and Sweden’s Carl Pettersson.

Chappell put approaches at the par-5 14th and par-4 17th inches from the cup to set up birdies and sank a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-3 16th to seize the lead.

That followed a roller coaster front nine for Chappell, who started bogey-birdie and did the same on the fourth and fifth holes ahead of a double bogey at the par-4 sixth and then closed the front side birdie-bogey.

It was only the fifth round this season in which no player managed a bogey-free day. Only 14 of 76 players to make the cut broke par.

Kevin Chappell plays his shot from the sixth tee during the third round of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course on April 22, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas


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