4.25.17 | Bob
After 180 tries Kevin Chappell finally seals the deals, of course in a dramatic finish.
All though specifics of the tournament have changed, his love for the event hasn’t. Chappell’s first PGA Tour start came at the Valero Texas Open (held in the fall at a different course) in 2008 before even having a tour card. In 2011, as a rookie Chappell had a 2nd place finish at the Valero deeming this tournament his home away from home.
Though it seemed like destiny Chappell would win, a young-gun who is morphing into a potential winner every week Brooks Koepka put the pressure on Chappell hard on Sunday, after moving into 12th on Saturday. On Sunday he gave it everything he had shooting a 65 and claiming a share of the lead with a birdie on the 72 hole. Chappell though in the final group was able to get a stroke under Koepka with his own birdie on 18 to win. Koepka claimed that his kill shot for the week was the second round 74 he posted, he will tee it up this week with his brother at TPC Louisana.
It's hard to not like the kid Chappell, the California native is a sleeper under the big names of Fowler and Speith, but make no mistake the kid can play. He drives it an average just under 300 yards and is in 49th place for strokes gained off the tee. He placed quiet T7th finish at this year's Masters tournament and has been trending upward ever since. Look out for him in the coming weeks as a solid value play. While Chappell gave his successful week due to the way the course fit his game as well his family being in attendance, it could be that new swoosh logo on his hat, who knows.