Chappell finally wins on PGA Tour in 180th career start

Posted April 24, 2017

Fresno, California's Kevin Chappell captured his first PGA Tour win Sunday after an electric finish at the 18th, sinking an eight-foot putt to hand him a one-stroke victory over Brooks Koepka.

Chappell, who quietly finished seventh at the Masters two weeks ago, struggled most of the day before picking up three birdies in the final five holes for a one-under-par 71 at TPC San Antonio.

Playing in his 180th tournament, the 30-year-old Californian holds a one-shot advantage over first-round leader Branden Grace (70), and John Huh (71). 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's birdie at 18 gave him the edge over Koepka, who played the course on fire with a 7-under 65, a score that matched the tournament low for the week.

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Kevin Tway (69) and Tony Finau (69), the second-round co-leader this week, finished tied for third at 279, with Australia's Aaron Baddeley (68) fifth at 280.

Queenslander Smith, 23, carded a third-round 73 with three bogeys and two birdies to drop slightly down the leaderboard, sitting tied-fourth behind Kevin Chappell, two shots back.

In danger of slipping away the American picked up shots at the 14th, 16th and 17th, signing for a one-under-par 71, to end the day at the top of the standings on -8.

Chappell will have another golden opportunity to pick up the first PGA Tour win of his career, but there is no shortage of competition nipping at his heels.

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Former Texas A&M golfer Ryan Palmer captured his best finish of the season at the Valero Texas Open Sunday, finishing in a tie for sixth after carding a seven-under par for the week. Even though he lipped out the 11-foot eagle, his tap-in birdie gave him two strokes over Koepka. He left his putt from 42 feet well short and missed the 9-foot par putt he had remaining. That should lead to quite a shootout over the final 18 holes.

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