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Kevin Chappell

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 180

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Kevin Chappell rallied for a 3-under-par 37-32=69 in the final round of THE PLAYERS to post 11-under 277, up four on the leaderboard to solo second, four shots shy of champion and overnight leader Jason Day.
Chappell had a chance for one better and a birdie-birdie-birdie finish, but missed from 9'9" on the 72nd hole, "settling" for a bogey-free back-nine 32. In the end, it didn't matter, other than the margin. On his first half, he outpaced book-end birdies at Nos. 1 and 9 with bogeys on 3, 4 and 7 to turn 1-over. The 29-year-old, who finished solo second twice prior this season -- at The RSM and the Arnold Palmer (to Day) -- eagled the par-5 11th with a 36-yard hole-out for his third eagle of the week to lead in that stat. In addition to his third runner-up of the season on 15 starts, it's his fifth in 155 career events and his best at THE PLAYERS in his sixth attempt. May 15 - 6:46 PM

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Kevin Chappell stalled out to a 2-under-par 31-39=70 in the third round of THE PLAYERS for a 54-hole total of 8-under 208, up 13 on the live leaderboard to T7.

In round 2, Chappell concluded with five straight birdies to cap an inward 29. He opened his third frame with birdie and eagle-3, later adding circles at six and nine for bogey-free 31. Mathematicians will tell you that's 12-under 60 for those 18 holes. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, as the 29-year-old came home in 3-over 39, with four bogeys and a walk-off double bogey-6 at 18 erasing his second eagle-3 of the round at the 16th, this one a hole-out from 66'7" away in the rough, and birdie-3 at the 12th. Just prior to the double at 18, Chappell missed birdie from 45 inches at the par-3 17th.
May 14 - 5:50 PM

Kevin Chappell was in fear of missing the cut before tearing up the back nine en route to a 5-under-par 38-29=67, reaching a two-day total of 6-under 138.

Chappell supporters were likely counting this week as a missed cut after three bogeys in his opening eight holes dropped him to 2-over on the week. From there, he managed to birdie eight of his last 10 holes to not only make the cut, but make it with ease. His seven-birdie effort on the closing nine was just the third time a golfer has carded a sub-30 round there, with the other two being Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy (both also this week). Regardless of the fire set on the back nine, Chappell gained just 0.259 strokes with the flat stick, letting us know just how dialed in his was with his approach game. Chappell's best PLAYERS finish is a T26 in 2014, but has a good chance of besting that if he can build some momentum from the closing 10 holes today.
May 13 - 8:32 PM

Kevin Chappell kicked off his week at the Wells Fargo Championship with a 5-under-par 34-33=67 to sit just two strokes off the co-leaders through one round of play.

Chappell arrived in fantastic form, and he kept the momentum rolling today with 13 greens hit and three putts drained from outside 12 feet. The longest was a 23'11" birdie bomb on the par-4 16th hole. The plethora of mid-to-long range conversions offset his 4'5" birdie miss at the par-4 first, walking off the course with 2.122 strokes gained putting. Chappell has finished top 10 in three of his last four starts entering the week, and he's off to the races, yet again.
May 5 - 7:10 PM

Kevin Chappell hung on for a 4-under-par 32-36=68 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open to post 9-under 279, up 14 places on the live leaderboard to T3 and good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Chappell finished in a five-way T4, three back of champion Charley Hoffman.

Chappell has four career runner-up finishes in 152 starts, including two this season -- most recently solo second at the Arnold Palmer. One of those career marks was set here in 2011 and is his only top 10 in six previous visits. The 29-year-old began the finale on 5-under (T17), six back of 54-hole leader Ricky Barnes. He striped 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 11 greens in regulation, posting 1.545 putts per GIR. Chappell raced out with a bogey-free 4-under 32 on his first half, but stalled out with a one-birdie one-bogey home half for a somewhat disappointing finish.
Apr 24 - 5:00 PM

Kevin Chappell handed in a 1-under-par 36-34=70 after the final round of the RBC Heritage to post 3-under 281, up four spots on the leaderboard into a five-way T9.

The 29-year-old co-led thru 36 holes with two others but a 75 in R3 knocked him out. It was the second time this season that he's led/co-led on TOUR, leading the RSM in Nov. after 36 holes but eventually finishing a career-tying-best solo second. Chappell rebounded with a four-birdie three-bogey effort on Sunday for his first top 10 at Harbour Town in his fourth visit, and his third of the season on 12 events. It's also his second top 10 in his last three starts, posting a solo second at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Apr 17 - 7:47 PM

Overnight tri-leader Kevin Chappell collapsed to a 4-over-par 35-40=75 in the third round of the RBC Heritage to post 2-under 211, down 12 on the leaderboard to T13, a distant five in arrears to 54-hole leader Luke Donald.

Chappell co-led by one thru 36 holes with playing competitor Jason Day and Charley Hoffman. It was the second time this season that he's led/co-led on TOUR, leading the RSM in Nov. after 36 holes but eventually finishing a career-tying-best solo second. Playing out of the final twosome with Day, who shot 79, the 29-year-old was cruising along at 2-under on his round thru 11 holes, erasing bogey at nine with birdies at Nos. 5, 8 and 11 -- and then the bottom fell out. He toured his final seven holes in birdie-less 6-over, squaring bogeys on 12 and 13, and eating double bogeys on the par-5 15th and the par-4 18th.
Apr 16 - 7:12 PM

Kevin Chappell fired a 3-under-par 33-35=68 during the second round of the RBC Heritage to grab the early clubhouse lead at 6-under 136.

The UCLA product started on the back nine, squaring a bogey on the par-4 11th thanks to a par-saving miss from 5'6". He bounced back with three straight putts made from outside six feet. The longest coming from 12-feet at the par-4 13th to save par. The pace really picked up as he made the turn, circling birdies at the first, second, and fourth holes. The clutch par-saving putts are one reason why his strokes gained putting sits at ninth in the field on the live leaderboard. This round may look better and better as the day progresses as the weather conditions are only projected to get tougher.
Apr 15 - 12:09 PM

Kevin Chappell styled a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the opening round of this week's RBC Heritage.

Chappell got the flat stick working early and often today. He rattled in birdie putts from 5'9" and 9'6" on the par-3 fourth and par-5 fifth holes, respectively. He saved par from outside five feet twice before adding another birdie on hole No. 9. After making the turn, Chappell fired in birdies at the par-4 11th and 12th holes, both from outside 32 feet, totaling 77'2". The UCLA product walked off the course gaining 2.469 strokes with the flat stick. Chappell's putter will likely regress as the week goes on, but this is a great opening effort to put him into contention.
Apr 14 - 4:37 PM

Kevin Chappell chased 68-68-67 with a final-round 3-under-par 34-35=69 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational for a 72-hole aggregate of 16-under 272, but came up one shy of champion Jason Day for solo second.

The 29-year-old was playing one twosome ahead of the eventual champ and bogeyed the par-4 18th, opening the door for Day, who birdied the par-3 17th and conjured a sand save on the 72nd hole for the win. Chappell began his final frame two adrift of Day, and was chasing his first title in his 150th career start. He held the lead on a couple of occasions on Sunday, including a two-shot margin after birdies on Nos. 3, 6 and 8, before retreating one with bogey on the ninth to turn 2-under. The UCLA product birdied the par-4 13th and the par-5 16th to pull one clear with two-to-play. He saved par from the sand on the 17th, but an errant tee shot on the 18th forced a layup, eventually missing his par putt from 25'1". This is Chappell's fourth career runner-up finish and second this season (RSM).
Mar 20 - 7:08 PM

Kevin Chappell crafted a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational for a three-day tally of 13-under 203, up two places on the leaderboard to T2, two strokes back of 54-hole leader Jason Day.

This is Chappell's 10th start of the season and fifth API. His season best is solo second at The RSM Classic -- his only top-25 finish -- and finished T67 at last week's Valspar on 9-over 293 (72-72-78-71). The Californian's best at Bay Hill is T14 in 2014. He began Saturday's play in a four-way T4 on 8-under, five swings shy of 36-hole leader Day, and made up three shots after a six-birdie one-bogey effort that tied the low round of the day. The 29-year-old, winless on TOUR in 149 career starts, split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation posting 1.692 putts per GIR and 1.872 in strokes gained: putting. Thru three rounds, he's No. 2 in strokes gained: tee-to-green and 23rd in SGP. The latter has been the key thus far, as he entered the tourney ranked a dismal 196th in SGP.
Mar 19 - 4:13 PM

Kevin Chappell nearly signed a clean card as he recorded a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to arrive at halfway mark at 8-under 136.

Chappell set the tone early in the round, saving par from 14'2" on the par-4 first hole. He moved on to the second hole and proceeded to roll in six straight putts from 5'10" or longer to keep that putter scorching. The flat stick didn't exactly cool off on the back nine, either, as he splashed in a 19'8" birdie on the par-4 11th and also added a 22'10" birdie bomb on the par-5 16th hole. His long blemish of the day came on the par-3 14th, where he missed the green and couldn't slam in his 12'6" par-saving attempt. Chappell walked off the course having gained 2.080 strokes with the putter, and will enter the weekend just five strokes off the clubhouse leader, Jason Day.
Mar 18 - 6:35 PM

Kevin Chappell fired a 4-under-par 36-32=68 in round one of this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, currently one stroke off the co-leaders at the top.

Chappell opened strong on the back nine, circling two birdies and an eagle within his first four holes. The eagle on the par-5 12th hole come from the fringe, from 30'10" out. His inward nine was much calmer, trading a birdie at the par-5 sixth with a bogey at the par-3 seventh hole. This 4-under 68 will be recorded as his career low at Bay Hill, previously a 3-under 69 which he posted in the second round of the 2012 edition.
Mar 17 - 3:42 PM

Kevin Chappell fired a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in today's third round of the Northern Trust Open for a three-day total of 10-under 203, up 10 places on the leaderboard and into a five-way T5.

Making his sixth NTO appearance, Chappell joins Sung Kang, Padraig Harrington, Justin Thomas and Harold Varner III who all posted 66s in round three, tying for low lap of the day. He began Moving Day in a seven-way T15, five back of 36-hole leader Jason Kokrak, and after a six-birdie one-bogey effort, sits two adrift of 54-hole leader Bubba Watson, who shot 67. The UCLA product circled his six par breakers on 13 greens in regulation for a tidy 1.615 putts per GIR. He converted two from inside seven feet to turn bogey-free 2-under and then erased a three-putt bogey-5 at 15 (from 34'4") with birdies at 10, 11, 16 -- each from inside 10 feet -- and then capped with a walk-off 3 at the 18th from 12'3".
Feb 20 - 7:05 PM

Kevin Chappell conjured up a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in today's second round of the Northern Trust Open for a two-day total of 5-under 137, up three places on the live leaderboard to T9.

The 29-year-old erased two early birdies at Nos. 1 and 3, both from inside of seven feet, with back-to-back bogeys at 6 and 7 (failed scrambles). He rebounded to play his final 11 holes in blemish-free 2-under, circling chip-in birdies at 14 (from the rough 21 feet from the target) and again from the fairway 11 yards short of the hole on the 18th for a walk-off 3. The UCLA product missed six putts (either for par or birdie) inside of nine feet in R2 for -0.819 in strokes gained: putting at the time he signed his card. His 69 was quite a feat considering he landed just four (of 14) fairways and only eight greens in regulation.
Feb 19 - 3:04 PM