Published: Mon, April 24, 2017
Finance | By Laverne Griffith

Chappell edges in front in Texas

Chappell edges in front in Texas

April 23 Kevin Chappell ended a frustrating run of near misses when he clinched his first PGA tour title with a one-stroke triumph over fellow American Brooks Koepka at the Texas Open on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Chappell opened the day with a one-shot lead, but he had to fight off bomber Brooks Koepka down the stretch.

Chappell enjoyed a good Masters earlier this month, finishing in a tie for seventh and he got his late charge going on Saturday after an erratic front nine, which included three bogeys, a double bogey and three birdies. He birdied the final hole to tie Chappell and grab the clubhouse lead at 11 under, but Chappell came up big in the clutch.

Chappell sank an eight-foot putt at the par-five 18th for his breakthrough triumph in his 180th start on tour, and six previous runner-up finishes.

Carl Pettersson, Tony Finau, Bud Cauley, Cameron Smith, Martin Laird and Kevin Tway are also tied for fourth at six under. He is 8-under through 54 holes.

Kevin Chappell has had a generally successful PGA Tour career that has one notable blemish: 179 career starts without a victory.

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NOTES: Since 2000, seven of the 17 second-round leaders/co-leaders of the Valero Texas Open have gone on to win, including two recent past champions, Steven Bowditch (2014) and Jimmy Walker (2015).

Watching Chappell finally close the door on his first PGA win would be fun to watch, and well deserved, but the player to keep an eye on tomorrow will be Palmer. "To birdie 14, 16 and 17 - and felt great about a couple of sweet par saves there on 15 and 18 - I showed a little emotion and showed that it meant something to me".

CHAMPIONS: Fred Funk and Jeff Sluman teamed to shoot a course-record 10 under to take the opening-round lead in the Legends of Golf in Ridgedale, Mo.

At Shenzhen, China, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger beat England's Tommy Fleetwood in a playoff on Sunday to win the Shenzhen International.

Over the past two years, Palmer has finished three and five strokes short of the leader, and has 14-straight starts in the tournament.

Wiesberger's 71 featured par saves on the 12th and 17th and almost hit the pin with his approach to the last hole but was forced to settle for a par and a trip back up the 18th.

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