You know what they say; the 180th time’s the charm.
Such was the case for Kevin Chappell last weekend as the American won for the first time in 180 PGA starts, slicing in a birdie putt from 8 feet out to win the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio.
His first runner-up position came at this exact tournament back in 2011. He has collected five others since then, including four in 2016 alone.
“I felt like I had some unfinished business here,” Chappell said. “… A lot of hard work went into this, and I don’t think I would have had it any other way. Those people that know me [know] I do everything the hard way – and 180 starts later, that’s pretty hard.”
He had to hold off charges by Kevin Tway and Brooks Koepka to win.
“You look at all the stuff he’s done, it’s pretty impressive,” said Koepka. “It’s kind of amazing that he hasn’t won, how good he’s played.”
Chappell finished 69-68-71-68 – 276 to defeat Koepka, who was 68-74-70-65 – 277.