Mon, April 24, 2017: Kevin Chappell

Featured pic: (Marianna Massey/Getty Images)

One of the best celebrations of late. For a second I thought he was going to yell, “I CAN’T HEAR YOU!!!?!?!!” You would like to think that winning for this guy was inevitable, but as everybody knows, it’s really hard to do.

2011 was Chappell’s rookie year on tour and in his 9th start, at Valero, he T-2nd. 180-ish starts and six years later, he breaks through with a birdie on the 72nd hole. That’s a lot of golf in between.

The man that almost denied Chappell was Brooks Koepka, whose lead forearms beat the ball into a 7-under submission on Sunday. Koepka is a player that’s very similar to Chappell – young, immensely talented, powerful, and has one win on tour. I’m tempted to say these guys “only” have one win on tour, but I need to re-read the first couple paragraphs here. The multi-win tour pro is a level unto its own that’s getting tougher to accomplish.

This week, Chappell is teaming up with Gary Woodland at Zurich. That better be one durable golf ball.

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