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Kevin Chappell

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 180

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Overnight leader and World No. 41 Kevin Chappell hung up a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in today's final round of the Valero Texas Open to post 12-under 276, good for a 1-shot win over Brooks Koepka and his first PGA TOUR title in his 180th career start.
The 30-year-old's been runner-up six times, four times last year, including P2 at the season-ending TOUR Championship. He breaks through in his eighth visit to San Antonio, chasing T4 last year, with one of the aforementioned runner-ups coming here in 2011. The victory comes in Chappell's 13th start of the season and is a second top 10, arriving off T7 at the Masters two weeks ago. After kicking off in 69-68-71, he began one clear of Branden Grace and John Huh, who comprised the final threesome. The UCLA product striped 10 (of 14) fairways and pelted 15 greens in regulation, gaining 4.041 strokes approaching-the-green. He squared bogey-5s at five (3-putt from 25'7") and 15, camouflaged by six birdies at holes 2, 3, 7, 10, 14 and 18, all from inside of nine feet. The Californian came to the 18th needing birdie to win, and reached the par 5 in three, knocking home the winner from 8'2". This was his fourth career lead/co-lead after 54 holes and finally got over the finish line. Apr 23 - 6:10 PM

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World No. 41 Kevin Chappell rallied for a 1-under-par 38-33=71 in the third round of the Valero Texas Open to reach the three-quarter mark on 8-under 208, good for the 54-hole lead by one over Branden Grace and John Huh.

The 30-year-old is chasing his first PGA TOUR title in his 180th career start. He's been a runner-up six times, four times last season, including a P2 at the TOUR Championship (as 54-hole co-leader). After opening in 69-68, the UCLA product began in a four-way T3 on 7-under, one back of 36-hole co-leaders Bud Cauley and Tony Finau. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he went out in 2-over, cancelling three birdies with three bogey-5s (failed scrambles) and a 1-putt double bogey-6 at six. The Californian came home in blemish-free 3-under, circling Nos. 14, 16 and 17. He mustered five (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, recording 0.262 SG: Tee-to-Green and 3.087 SG: Putting. Chappell dropped three of his birdies from between eight and 19 feet, and saved par from 10'1" at the 15th.
Apr 22 - 8:20 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, World No. 41 Kevin Chappell styled a 4-under-par 34-34=68 on Day 2 of the Valero Texas Open to post 7-under 137, up 16 places on the live leaderboard to T3, one adrift of 36-hole co-leaders Bud Cauley and Tony Finau.

This is the 30-year-old's eighth appearance and improves to 5-for-8 after an opening 69 (five birdies, two bogeys). He has two prior top-10 finishes, a T2 in 2011 and T4 last year (71-70-70-68). After finishing up the 2015 edition with an 81, the Californian has now put six straight in the red. He landed nine (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, recording 1.738 SG: Off-the-Tee, the current leader in the latter at 3.656. The UCLA product squared a lone bogey-5 at 12 (failed sand save), camouflaged with five birdies at 10, 11, 15, 3 and 5. His split included a 23-footer from the fringe for birdie-3 at 10, and 18-footer for birdie-3 at 15, and a 21-footer for birdie-2 at 3. Chappell arrived off a T7 two weeks ago at the Masters, his first top 10 this season among nine cashes in 12 starts.
Apr 21 - 8:10 PM

World No. 43 Kevin Chappell fashioned a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the 2017 Masters for a four-day total of 3-under 285, up 10 places on the live leaderboard to T7.

The 30-year-old was making his second appearance, first since T44 in 2012. It was his 13th overall major with a best of T3 at the 2011 U.S. Open (Congressional CC). The California native and resident posted three rounds in the red, opening with 71 and playing the weekend in 70-68, but scratched out a 76 in R2. For the week, he tallied one eagle-2 and 15 birdies against 14 bogeys, six versus two in R4, en route to his first finish inside the top 30 this season in 12 events. Chappell had eight top 10s last season in 27 starts, including four runner-ups, highlighted by a P2 at the TOUR Championship.
Apr 9 - 5:58 PM

Kevin Chappell styled a 1-under-par 35-36=71 during round one of the 2017 Masters Tournament, finding himself right in the thick of things early on Thursday.

The UCLA product is making his first Masters appearance since a T44 in 2012. He started his week by splitting eight (of 14) fairways en route to 14 greens in regulation. From there he did a good job avoiding any disasters on the greens, although he did record one three-putt. Considering his current rank of 210th on TOUR in strokes gained putting, that should be considered a win. Of the four birdies circled today, only one of them came on a par 5, which came early at the par-5 second hole. Chappell is still searching for his first win on TOUR, with six runner-up finishes lingering on his resume.
Apr 6 - 2:28 PM

Kevin Chappell looks to solve the riddle of putting as he preps for this week's Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

The UCLA product will be making his second appearance at this event, first since a T44 in the 2012 edition. This time he arrives looking a bit lost on the putting greens, currently ranked 210th on TOUR in strokes gained putting, losing more than a stroke per round to the field. With six career runner-up finishes on his PGA TOUR resume, he clearly has the game to contend but it's hard to support him right now given the putting woes. Augusta National Golf Club is not a place you want to go in hopes of finding form.
Apr 3 - 2:13 PM

Playing Pebble Beach Golf Links, World No. 35 Kevin Chappell orchestrated a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and will begin the final round nine shots back of 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth on 8-under 207.

This is the 30-year-old's ninth appearance with one previous top 10, a T6 on debut in 2009 (reduced to 54 holes). Last season, he finished a career-best 8th in the FedExCup standings with eight top 10s in 27 events, four of those runners-up, including a P2 at the TOUR Championship. Entering this week at 156th in FEC points, it's been a struggle so far this season for the UCLA product, going 3-for-5 with a best of T35 at the no-cut WGC-HSBC in his WGC debut. He arrived at Pebble Beach off two missed cuts and a 75th- and last-place finish at the Phoenix Open.
Feb 12 - 7:07 AM

Fresh off the birth of his daughter, Kevin Chappell hauls his new set to clubs to Torrey Pines for this week's Farmers Insurance Open.

Chappell became a father for the first time in April of 2015, so this won't be a completely foreign experience for him, but still exciting news. His daughter Collins was born on January 19th, so the excitement will be fresh this week. The UCLA product also totes some new clubs this week. He is one of the many Nike staffers who now has the luxury of exploring new clubs in 2017. To open the season, Chappell shared his new set on Instagram: going with TaylorMade woods and driver, Mizuno irons, PXG wedges, Scotty Cameron putter, and a ProV1x ball. Despite the California connection, Chappell has never fared well at Torrey Pines (2-for-5 with T47 as his best). Gamers should let him knock the rust off this week before re-investing for what should be another stellar season.
Jan 24 - 8:13 AM

At No. 28 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Kevin Chappell is the third highest-ranked player at this week's RSM Classic. UPDATE: At 4-under 64-74=138, Chappell missed the 36-hole cut by one.

In his fourth RSM appearance last year, the 30-year-old was the 36-hole leader by one (66-65), eventually finishing solo 2nd with 68-67, a distant six shots in arrears to champion Kevin Kisner. The year prior, he was T8 thru 36 holes (67-67), and finished T8 after rounds of 70-65. The year before that, Chappell was T2 thru 36 holes (65-68), plummeting to T32 following rounds of 74-70. He finished a career-best 8th in the FedExCup standings last season with FOUR runner-up finishes, including a playoff loss at the TOUR Championship where he was the ONLY player to record four sub-par rounds. So far this season, the UCLA product has posted a T45 at the no-cut CIMB and a T35 three weeks ago at the WGC-HSBC in his WGC debut.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 03:00:00 PM

15-seed and overnight co-leader Kevin Chappell carded 4-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to match Ryan Moore and Rory McIlroy on 12-under 268, and then was eliminated on the first hole of sudden death, the par-5 18th, with par to McIlroy and Moore's birdies. UPDATE: Chappell was the ONLY player with four sub-par rounds.

The 30-year-old began R4 co-leading with playing competitor and FedExCup leader Dustin Johnson. He bettered Johnson by seven shots but unfortunately, McIlroy and Moore tied for the week's best rounds with 64s. The Californian was 5-under thru 16 holes, outpacing bogey-4 at the second with birdies on Nos. 1, 3, 8, 10, 13 and 16, but opened the door with bogey on the par-4 17th (failed scramble) and then failed to birdie the par-5 finishing hole. Chappell records his fourth runner-up this season in 27 starts and adds to an already career-best season with his eighth top 10. Chasing his first win in his 167th career event, he settles for a sixth career runner-up and personal bests of 8th in the final FedExCup standings as well as the money title.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 08:53:00 PM

Making his Playoffs finale debut, 15-seed and first-round tri-leader Kevin Chappell orchestrated a bogey-free 2-under-par 35-33=68 in the third round of the TOUR Championship to catch overnight leader Dustin Johnson and share the top spot on 8-under 202.

Three times a runner-up this season in 26 prior starts, the 30-year-old is chasing his first TOUR title in his 167th career event. This is his fifth lead/co-lead in 2015-16 after ANY round, but first time at the three-quarter pole. Chappell kicked off with 11 straight pars before breaking the ice with a pitch-in from behind the green at the 12th for birdie-3. Four pars later, he connected from 8'5" for birdie at the par-4 17th that completed his scoring. The Californian landed 13 green in regulation and leads in that stat at 79.63 percent (43/54). He has bagged two of the four bogey-free rounds at East Lake thru 54 holes.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 03:49:00 PM

Kevin Chappell pieced together a 2-under-par 32-36=68 during round two of the TOUR Championship to reach 6-under 134 on the week, placing him one stroke off the leader Dustin Johnson heading into the weekend.

The UCLA product circled three birdies on the day and did all that scoring in one fell swoop, rattling off a birdie train which started with an 11'4" splash at the par-5 sixth. Chappell swallowed his first bogey of the round (and week) at the par-3 11th when he found the rough and couldn't get up-and-down. The Ryder Cup hopeful has done his damage tee-to-green this week as he ranks first in GIR (30) and strokes gained approach-the-green (+5.521). Entering the week ranked 15th in the FedExCup race, Chappell will need to win his first PGA TOUR event and also have Dustin Johnson fall outside the top eight if he wants a chance at the FedExCup trophy. Chappell would surely be quite satisfied with a win, regardless of whether he gets the FEC trophy as well.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 06:15:00 PM

Kevin Chappell torched East Lake Golf Club on his way to a bogey-free, 4-under-par 31-35=66 during round one of the TOUR Championship, joining Hideki Matsuyama with an early claim on the clubhouse lead.

The story of the week heading into the event was the reversed nines at East Lake Golf Club. Chappell didn't care since this was his first time seeing the course in competition, anyway. On the day he missed just five (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation. Overall, he gained 2.023 strokes off-the-tee and 2.774 strokes approaching-the-green. The fantastic ball-striking display set up plenty of stress-free pars, but the putter did let him down once, missing a 4'7" birdie attempt at the closing par-5 18th. Still, Chappell will be very pleased with this opening round as he makes one last push for the final Ryder Cup captain's pick.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 04:53:00 PM

World No. 34 Kevin Chappell makes his debut in the TOUR Championship as the 15-seed in the FedExCup standings.

The 30-year-old is one of seven first-timers in this year's 30-man field but is the only one of those seven who has yet to win this season. He's also one of two who has not won on TOUR (Roberto Castro). The Californian has seven top 25s this season in 26 events with ALL seven doubling as top 10s, including three runner-up finishes, most recently solo second at THE PLAYERS 12 starts ago. He kicked off the postseason with T31 (Barclays); T8 at the Deutsche Bank, where he was the 36-hole leader, and T61 (of 68) at the BMW Championship on rounds of 75-71-70-76. Chappell ranks T70 in par-4 scoring average (4.04) and 50th in overall scoring average at 70.641.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 11:04:00 AM

Second-round leader Kevin Chappell back-pedaled to a 2-over-par 37-36=73 in today's final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship to finish up his fifth appearance on 9-under 275, down five spots into a seven-way T8, six in arrears to champion Rory McIlroy.

The 30-year-old began the finale in a three-way T3 on 11-under, four back of 54-hole leader Paul Casey. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he mustered a week-low 12 greens in regulation and posted a dismal 2.000 putts per GIR and -2.485 SG: Putting. The Californian squared five bogeys, two of which were 3-putts, overshadowing three birdies. He also had two birdie tries and 16 and 18 from eight feet and in, but missed. Chappell was the 36-hole leader (by one), and drops to 0-for-4 (career) and 0-for-3 THIS season (RSM, RBC Heritage) when leading at the midpoint. He settles for his seventh top 10 of the season in 25 starts.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 02:40:00 PM