Kevin Chappell Captures First Win Texas Style

Cinderella finally gets the boot to fit at the Valero Texas Open. The custom alligator boots are presented each year to the winner of one of the PGA Tour’s oldest events.

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It took him 180 starts, but Kevin Chappell is finally a winner on the PGA Tour. Chappell birdied the 72nd hole to fire a final round (-4) 68 and win the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio. The 30 year old opened Sunday with a one shot lead, fighting off Brooks Koepka’s 65. Chappell came into the week with the second best odds to win the tournament, and finally closed one out.

Six years ago to the day, Chappell finished solo second at the Valero, after a late bogey costs him the win. At the time, it was only the ninth start of his rookie season and things were off to a good start. After 6 years and 180 tournaments on the Tour, I can imagine he started to think it would never happen. Fighting through adversity, Chappell kept putting himself in contention — and continued to fall short. Just last season, he had four runner-up finishes including The Players and the TOUR Championship.

After his win, Chappell was excited to talk to the media. When asked about getting his first win, he said, “I’m just excited I don’t have to answer that question of, ‘What do I have to do to win?’ again.” He continued to talk about the win as a turning point for his career, “Hopefully this is a platform to jump off and get myself in the conversation to make Ryder Cups, make Presidents Cups and really let my career take off.”

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After years of close calls, Chappell can finally call himself a PGA Tour winner. We look forward to watching him play next week in New Orleans, and the rest of the season.

Maybe this time he won’t wait 180 tournament to celebrate victory.

 

Wes Dooley

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