February 15, 2019

GOLF Story
By Gethin Coolbaugh, The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: September 3, 2016 07:19:49 PM


Chappell leads Deutsche Bank by 1 after 64

NORTON, Mass. -- Kevin Chappell might not have time to attend church on Sunday morning, but he's found sanctuary at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Chappell was all smiles after a near-flawless round Saturday at TPC Boston, shooting a 7-under 64 to claim a one-stroke lead over England's Paul Casey and Jimmy Walker after two rounds.
"There's no secret that the more I'm smiling, the more I'm having fun, the better I'm playing," said Chappell, who sank an eagle and six birdies opposite one bogey.
His sprits are so high that he's even celebrating bogeys,
too.
"(I) finished bogey-double bogey and kind of played my way out of the tournament (last Friday at The Barclays)," said Chappell, No. 34 in the World Golf Rankings, who pumped his first after limiting the damage with a 15-foot bogey putt at No. 13.
"Really was bothered by that and didn't want to let that happen again."
Chappell might need to say a prayer ahead of the final rounds, though, as he faces a major obstacle.
Two major obstacles, actually.
Major champions Walker, the PGA champion, and Dustin Johnson, the U.S. Open winner and world No. 2, are lurking in the shadows.
For Chappell, a 30-year-old native of Fresno, Calif., who played at UCLA has never won on the PGA Tour but has three second-place finishes that season, patience is a must.
"The next 36 holes are going to seem like a long time for me," Chappell said. "But I feel comfortable in this situation and each time I get near the lead I feel more comfortable."
Chappell, who took the lead with a three-foot birdie putt on the signature 16th hole, has a 36-hole total of 11-under 131. He was off target on a make-able birdie putt at 18, but saved par to finish to equal the lowest score of the tournament thus far.
Chappell holed out from 37 yards for eagle at the par-five, 600-yard seventh hole. He ranks 13th in the FedEx Cup standings, but would rise to third with a victory.
Casey parred the last two holes in his 66 to stay one stroke back and even with Walker, who also posted a 64.
"The last two days felt really solid, and today was even better than yesterday," said Walker, who shot an first-round 68.
Brian Harman carded a 65 is two back in solo fourth after taking the clubhouse lead in his morning round.
Johnson had a 66 and is three off the pace and tied for fifth with Smylie Kaufman, who also came in at 66.
Patrick Reed, who won The Barclays last week to open the FedEx Cup Playoffs, recorded a 67 and was four shots behind in a six-way tie for seventh that included Olympic champion Justin Rose of England, who also had a 67.
Ryan Moore, the 18-hole co-leader along with James Hahn, had a 70 and also is among those tied for seventh. Hahn struggled to a 74 and skidded to a tie for 46th, eight behind Chappell.
Johnson was tied for second through 17 holes, but dirtied an otherwise bogey-free round with a double bogey on No. 18.
World No. 3 Jordan Spieth shot 68 and Steve Stricker, the 2009 Deutsche Bank winner, had a 69 and they are a shot back of Reed, Rose and Moore, tied for 13th.
Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden, who captured the 2013 Deutsche Bank, totaled 70 and is in a large tie for 30th.
World No. 5 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, who won the event in 2013, posted a 67 and also was tied for 30th along with 2003 winner Adam Scott of Australia, who finished at 71.
Chris Kirk, who claimed the 2014 Deutsche Bank, had a 69 and is tied for 46th and one back of the Stenson-led group.
Reigning Deutsche Bank champion Rickie Fowler (71) is tied for 54th, one back of Kirk.
Top-ranked Jason Day of Australia missed a birdie putt on No. 18 wound at 71, making the cut on the number at even par and in a tie for 62nd -- 10 strokes down.
World No. 7 Bubba Watson shot 72 and missed by one stroke.
Several former Deutsche Bank champions also missed the cut, including two-time event winner Vijay Singh of Fiji (75), 2010 winner Charley Hoffman (75), 2007 champ Phil Mickelson (72) and 2011 titlist Webb Simpson (72).
NOTES: Brian Harman's ball was picked up by a child after his second shot at No. 9 flared left into the native area. Harman took a penalty-free drop and bogeyed the hole, yet reacted graciously. "It happens, kids will be kids," Harman said. "I'm happy they're out here watching. I hope more kids come out." ... Smylie Kaufman, an LSU alum, will join Louisiana natives David Toms, Andrew Loupe and John Peterson on a trip to Louisiana after next week's BMW Championship to help flood victims. "Just try to get everybody back on their feet," Kaufman said. Kaufman gave a signed golf bag to a Birmingham, Ala., man who donated $50,000 to assist victims of the flood. ... Jordan Spieth doesn't take issue with the current PGA Tour schedule despite talk of shortening the FedEx Cup Playoffs. "We create our own breaks," Spieth said. "Those that make it to the (Playoffs finale) Tour Championship normally take a longer break to start the year.


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