Published: Mon, April 24, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

Valero Texas Open: Kevin Chappell grabs lead heading into final round

Valero Texas Open: Kevin Chappell grabs lead heading into final round

On a hard day in San Antonio hill country on Saturday, Chappell managed the windy conditions relatively well, posting a one-under par 71 that gives him a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the Valero Texas Open on the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio. "I had played some really good rounds of golf".

Meanwhile, Kevin Chappell survived a roller-coaster front nine with three birdies, one double bogey and three bogeys.

Chappell, equal seventh at the Masters two weeks ago, will jump into the top 25 in the world rankings, after starting the Texas Open ranked 41st. But I had the putter rolling again today.

In all, 26 players are within five strokes of the lead heading into the final round, for which weather conditions are expected to mitigate.

Beginning the day on two under par McDowell reached the turn on three under thanks to birdies on the 14th and 18th - his fifth and ninth holes.

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But Koepka came up one stroke short as Chappell, in his 180th start on tour, finally found out what it felt like to win. It's nice for Kevin to get his first win. South Korean Kim Seung-hyuk shot a 69 and tied for third place at 10 under 274 with overnight leader Hwang Jung-gon and Japan's Mikumu Horikawa. But I had some good lies and was able to hit some shots out. Even though he lipped out the 11-foot eagle, his tap-in birdie gave him two strokes over Koepka. The most notable of that group was Koepka, who posted the clubhouse lead after a closing 65, but Chappell's birdie on the final hole gave him the winning margin and led to an epic post-victory celebration. That should lead to quite a shootout over the final 18 holes.

His elation was understandable, following six previous runner-up finishes on tour, including four last season.

"I don't know what the weather has got in store for us tomorrow, but if it's a good day it's going to probably take a couple under (to win)", Grace said. "I'm knocking on the door to get my second win".

He, too, is looking for his first PGA Tour title although he has recorded six runners-up finishes.

Wiesberger's 71 featured par saves on the 12th and 17th and almost hit the pin with his approach to the last hole but was forced to settle for a par and a trip back up the 18th.

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