Kevin Chappell Overcomes Windy Conditions and Takes Lead at Valero Texas Open

Kevin Chappell

With winds reaching up to 20 miles per hour, only 14 out of 76 players broke par on Saturday at the Valero Texas Open, and by no more than a couple of strokes for most.

Through it all, Kevin Chappell emerged as the Round 3 leader after a 1-under 71 powered by a pretty strong finish. He birdied three of his last five holes. Chappell’s front nine was a roller coaster with three birdies, three bogeys, and a double-bogey, but ended the day with the lead with a much cleaner back nine.

Round 1 leader Branden Grace bounced back nicely from a 1-over 73 in Round 2 with a 2-under 70 on Saturday. He trails Chappell by just one shot heading into Sunday.

John Huh shares the second spot on the leaderboard with Grace after a 1-under 71 performance. His day was relatively uneventful until the 14th when he got his first birdie of the round. After his third bogey on the 15th, he closed his day with an eagle and another birdie.

Huh holed his bunker shot from 72 feet away on the par-4 17th to the delight of the crowd. Oddly enough, his eagle was the fifth one of the day at the hole.

With 17 players off the lead by four shots or less, the final round at the Valero Texas Open should be an exciting one.


Written by BP Staff

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