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First-round leader and World No. 21 Branden Grace sleepwalked to a 1-over-par 36-37=73 on Day 4 of the Valero Texas Open to finish off his fourth appearance on 6-under 282, down eight places to T10, a distant six in arrears of overnight leader and champion Kevin Chappell, who shot 68.

The South African closed last year's edition with 67 to back door a T9. He didn't bring that same firepower to this week's finale, circling a lone birdie at the par-5 second and playing his final 16 holes in 2-over, squaring the fifth and 13th, both with 3-jacks. After opening in 66-73-70, the 28-year-old began T2 on 7-under, one back. Playing out of the final threesome, he found 10 (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, gaining 1.034 strokes off-the-tee, the tourney leader in the latter at 4.620. He posted a dismal 2.100 putts per GIR, T55 for the week in that stat at 1.792, and carved out a 0.332 in SG: Putting, buoyed by two par-savers from between 11 and 12 feet, but still finished 60th (of 76) in SGP with a cumulative -1.834. On the bright side, it is Grace's first top 10 of the season in 12 starts and his second straight top-11 finish after T11 last week as defender at the Heritage.
Apr 23 - 8:51 PM

Second-round co-leader and World No. 146 Bud Cauley labored to an even-par 35-37=72 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open to post 6-under 282, down six spots to T10 and his best finish and first top 10 in his fourth appearance.

After opening in 70-66, the 27-year-old co-led with Tony Finau, his first 36-hole lead/co-lead in his 109th career start (108 pro). He played the weekend in 74-72 to hang on for his third top 10 of the season in 15 starts and second straight. Last week, the Floridian was the 18-hole leader at the RBC Heritage with 63, settling for T9 after rounds of 72-71-69. He began the final frame this week on 6-under (T4), two back of leader and eventual champ Kevin Chappell. Cauley doubled the first, battled back with birdies at Nos. 2, 5 and 6, bogeyed 7 and birdied 9 to turn 1-under. He took himself out of contention with squares at 10, 12 and 13, but salvaged the top 10 with birdie-4s at 14 and 18. The Alabama product had one just one bogey thru 36 holes but had eight and the double over his final 36.
Apr 23 - 8:31 PM

Playing this season on Past Champion status, sponsor invite and World No. 335 Camilo Villegas pieced together a 2-under-par 32-38=70 in today's final round of the Valero Texas Open to conclude on 6-under 282, up two places to T10, his second top 10 this season in 13 starts, joining a P2 at The RSM Classic.

This was the 35-year-old's fifth VTO and first time completing 72 holes. His previous best was T77/MDF in 2014 (71-73-80). After kicking off in progressively better laps of 73-70, he fired a 69 on Moving Day, the second-best round on a blustery Saturday. The Florida alum began the final frame on 4-under (T12), four back of 54-hole leader and eventual champ Kevin Chappell but just two adrift of the overnight top 10. He exchanged birdie-3 at one with bogey-6 at two, and then connected four straight circles on holes 3-6 to turn 4-under. The Colombian stalled out from there, squaring the 10th and doubling the par-4 11th before a final birdie at 15. He mustered six (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, but if not already in on merit, his T10 will get him an exemption into the Wells Fargo in two weeks.
Apr 23 - 8:15 PM

World No. 91 Ryan Palmer salvaged a 1-under-par 38-33=71 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open to post 7-under 281, down two spots into a season-best four-way T6, five in arrears of overnight leader and champion Kevin Chappell.

This was the Texan's fourth top 10 in 15 appearances, third straight T6 or better. On the season, he's made four of nine cuts now with two top 25s, arriving off T11 last week at the Heritage, so trending in the right direction. After opening laps of 74-68-68, the Texas A&M alum began T4 on 6-under, two adrift. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he went out in birdie-less 2-over, squaring back-to-backs at holes 5 and 6 (failed scrambles), before breaking the ice with birdie-3 at 10 (from 45 inches). The 40-year-old gave another back at 14 (failed sand save) before logging a hat-trick of birdies at 14-16, but was unable to circle the drivable par-4 17th or the par-5 18th.
Apr 23 - 7:50 PM

Second-round co-leader and World No. 74 Tony Finau orchestrated a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in today's final round of the Valero Texas Open to finish off on 9-under 279, up one place to a season-best T3, three back of 54-hole leader and champion Kevin Chappell, who shot 68.

This was the 27-year-old's second VTO after a T68 at the wind-swept edition in 2015 (79-69-76-77). It was his 14th start of the season and departs with a fourth top 10, three of those top 5s, joining solo 5th at the Valspar and T4 at the Farmers. After opening laps of 71-65, the Utahan co-led at the midpoint, his first career 36-hole lead/co-lead in 76 career starts. He backed up with 74 in R3 to begin in a 7-way T4 on 6-under, two back. Finau was sleepwalking on even-par thru 11 holes, exchanging birdie-3 at four with bogey-5 at six, but awoke for a 3-birdie train at 12-14. He was sniffing the lead after circling the par-3 16th but closed with bogey-6, an errant tee ball eventually leading to third shot into the water well short of the green. For the week, Finau co-led the field in putts per GIR at 1.604.
Apr 23 - 7:23 PM

World No. 432 Kevin Tway fashioned a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open for a four-day tally of 9-under 279, up one spot into a two-way T3, and a career best in his 44th career start.

The 28-year-old posted rounds of 70-68-72-69 to finish three adrift of overnight leader and champion Kevin Chappell. Not only is the T3 a career best, it's his first top-25 finish, brushing aside a T26 at the 2014 Travelers. The Oklahoma State product was making his second visit to TPC San Antonio after a missed cut by five in 2014 (74-78). The podium comes in his 12th start of the season, supplanting a previous-best T32 in his last start at the opposite-field Puerto Rico Open. The Web.com Tour grad began in a 7-way logjam on 6-under (T4), two back. He outpaced double bogey-6 at six and bogey-4 at 16 with six birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 4, 10, 15 and 17. Tway mustered eight (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, posting 1.545 putts per GIR and 2.498 SG: Putting.
Apr 23 - 6:55 PM

World No. 24 Brooks Koepka painted a week-tying-low 7-under-par 32-33=65 in the finale of the Valero Texas Open to reach 11-under 277, up 10 places to solo 2nd, one shy of overnight leader and champion Kevin Chappell, who shot 68 and birdied the 72nd hole to win.

Playing out of the fourth-to-last threesome, the 24-year-old put up a furious charge, his 65 being 8.158 strokes better than the field average. After opening in 68-74-70, he began T12 on 4-under, four back. The FSU product landed eight (of 14) fairways and peppered 16 greens in regulation, the tourney leader in the latter at 75.00 percent (54/72). He also paced the field in SG: Tee-to-Green with a cumulative 13.482, 6.429 of that in R4. The Floridian sqaured a lone bogey-5 at nine (3-putt from 49'8"), camouflaged by eight birdies at Nos. 1, 2, 6-8, 11, 12 and 18, posting the clubhouse lead with a walk-off 4 from 3'1". His split featured five from greater than eight feet with a long of 39'1" at the par-4 seventh. This is Koepka's fourth runner-up in 74 career events, second this season in 11 starts (2nd, Shriners).
Apr 23 - 6:33 PM

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

World No. 339 Brian Gay signed for a 2-under-par 35-35=70 after today's final round of the Valero Texas Open to conclude his 15th appearance on 7-under 281, up five spots to T6 with play winding down. UPDATE: With play completed, Gay finished T6 and collected 89 FedExCup points and $200,725, easily meeting the terms of his Major Medical Extension in earnings -- with three starts remaining -- but came up 28.807 shy in FEC points.

This is the 44-year-old's third top 10 at the VTO, first since a best of T4 in 2012. It's his second top 10 of the season in 11 starts and second straight, chasing a T6 last week at the RBC Heritage. After opening laps of 68-72-71, the Texas native began in solo 11th, three adrift of 54-hole leader Kevin Chappell but just one off the overnight top 10. He conjured six (of 14) fairways and seven greens in regulation, losing 1.197 strokes off-the-tee, but gained 1.518 strokes around-the-green and 2.017 on-the-greens. The former Florida Gator squared a lone bogey-5 at nine, offset by birdies at holes 2, 3 and 11, the latter a hole-out 3 from 36'9" away.
Apr 23 - 5:43 PM

World No. 122 Cameron Smith crafted a 1-under-par 35-36=71 on Day 4 of the Valero Texas Open to wrap his tourney debut on 7-under 281, currently down two places to T6 and the only one of 39 first-timers this week to finish in the top 10.

After opening in 72-65-73, the 23-year-old began T4 on 6-under, two in arrears of 54-hole leader Kevin Chappell. He landed nine (of 14) fairways and just eight greens in regulation, losing 2.300 strokes approaching-the-green. The Aussie, who lives in Jacksonville, Florida, outpaced four bogeys with three birdies and an eagle-3 at the second, gaining 3.786 strokes around-the-green, the current leader in the latter with a cumulative 10.574. This was his 15th start of the season and third top 25. If the top 10 holds up, and it should, it will be Smith's second of the season (T10, Shriners). His career best in 52 events is T4 at the 2015 U.S. Open.
Apr 23 - 5:27 PM

World No. 136 Aaron Baddeley enjoyed a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in today's final round of the Valero Texas Open to finish up on 8-under 280, up seven spots to solo 5th with play still in progress. UPDATE: With play completed, Baddeley finished solo 5th, four shy of champion Kevin Chappell.

After kicking off in 69-70-73, the Aussie began on 4-under (T12), four shy of overnight co-leader Kevin Chappell but just two back of the overnight top 10. He conjured seven (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, outpacing bogey-5s at holes 5 and 9 with six birdies at 1, 2, 8, 11, 14 and 17, all from inside of six feet. The 36-year-old also dropped two par-savers from between seven and nine feet en route to 2.042 SG: Putting. This is his second top 10 of the season in 13 events joining a T10 at the CIMB Classic back in October, and he's the current leader in SG: Approach-the-Green with a cumulative 8.320.
Apr 23 - 5:15 PM

World No. 96 Sung Kang awoke to fire a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open to wrap up on 7-under 281, up 13 spots to T6 with play still in progress.

After kicking off in progressively worse laps of 69-70-74, the 29-year-old began T19 on 3-under, three adrift of the overnight top 10. He found 11 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 4.149 strokes tee-to-green and 1.039 strokes on-the-greens. The Irving, Texas, resident was even-par thru 11 holes, exchanging birdie-4 at two with bogey-5 at 10, but played his final eight holes in blemish-free 4-under, circling the 12th and finishing with a hat-trick at 16-18, starting the run with a 28-footer for birdie-2 at 16. This was his fourth VTO with a previous-best T42 last year, where he was T5 thru 36 holes. Kang adds a sixth top 25 of the season in 17 starts, third straight top 11 and second top 10. His other top 10 came across the state at the Houston Open, posting a career-best solo 2nd.
Apr 23 - 5:00 PM

World No. 769 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano twirled a bogey-free 5-under-par 35-32=67 in today's final round of the Valero Texas Open to conclude on 5-under 283, up 22 places on the live leaderboard to T13 and good for the low round in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With play completed, Fdez-Castano finished T13 and carded the only blemish-free lap in R4, while runner-up Brooks Koepka shot the low round with 65.

This was the Web.com Tour grad's third appearance and first time playing more than two rounds. He missed the cuts in 2013 and 2015 and had yet to break par. The 36-year-old was making his 11th start of the season with a previous best of T29 at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms back in October. After opening in 73-68-75, he began even-par (T35), six shy of the overnight top 10, and mustered six (of 14) fairways but pelted 14 greens in regulation. The Spaniard posted 3.000 SG: Tee-to-Green and 3.204 SG: Putting, circling three birdies and an eagle-3 at 14, three of those dropping from inside of 14 feet with a long of 22'7" for birdie-4 at the second.
Apr 23 - 4:45 PM

World No. 122 Cameron Smith slogged his way to a 1-over-par 35-38=73 on Day 3 at the Valero Texas Open and will begin the final round two shots back of 54-hole leader Kevin Chappell.

Making his tourney debut, the Aussie has posted up-and-down rounds of 72-65-73 to reach 6-under 210. Playing out of the final threesome, he mustered four (of 14) fairways and eight greens in regulation, but gained 0.521 strokes around-the-green, leading the field in the latter at 6.788. The 23-year-old went out in bogey-free 1-under, circling birdie-3 at the fifth from 5'10", and kept the card clean with three par-savers from between eight and 13 feet. After the break, he squared three bogeys at 10, 12 and 13 (3-putt from 59'1"), before ticking a final birdie from 33 inches at the drivable par-4 17th. The Jacksonville, Florida, resident is 12-for-15 on the season with one prior top 10, a T10 at the Shriners back in November.
Apr 23 - 7:52 AM

Last lap specialist Fabrizio Zanotti torched Genzon GC with a 7-under-par 31-34=65 to end the Shenzhen International T5 on 14-under 274.

The Paraguayan took full advantage of the fine scoring conditions to vault ten spots on the leaderboard and at one stage sense an unlikely victory. In fact he made eight birdies in his first 13 holes. The first two came at 3 and 5, then he had two hat-tricks: at 7, 8 and 9, then 11, 12 and 13. But he dropped a shot at 14 and could make no headway in the final three. Going low on Sunday is a personal trait. He posted a 63 to win the Maybank Championship in February, a 63 to make T4 in the 2015 KLM Open and a 65 to win the 2014 BMW International.
Apr 23 - 5:58 AM


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