Kevin Chappell was no stranger to PGA tour events, he had played in 179 of them without winning heading into this weekend at The Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. He has had 5 runner-up finishes in his six year PGA tour career, but just hasn’t been able to get the job done. His nerves would time and again take over costing him multiple chances at hoisting the trophy. Last weekend at TPC San Antonio everything changed for Chappell.
He has played the course before in previous Valero Texas Opens and Kevin Chappell has spoken of how the course has a way of relaxing him unlike any others. He feels at ease there and it showed over the weekend. Kevin shot 8 under through 3 rounds good enough to hold a one stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round. If you’ve watched golf enough you know that the leader heading into the final round often struggles to close the tournament. It makes sense, unlike other sports where there is one opponent, golfers compete against 100 of the best in the world week in and week out. To win the tournament, you have to be better than all of them, not just some. On Sunday, Chappell finally was, he was better than all of them. Kevin Chappell shot a final round 4 under to close the tournament at -12.
On the 18th green, Chappell stared down an 8 foot birdie putt to win the tournament and avoid a playoff with fellow Nike golfer Brooks Koepka. Kevin was dialed in, he knew the magnitude of what was about to take place. He had been in this situation before and missed putts costing him multiple trophies. However, for Chappell this putt was going to be different. This was the putt that would go in. This was the putt that would finally give him the title of Champion.