Kevin Chappell

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Kevin Chappell
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Kevin Alan Chappell
Born (1986-07-08) July 8, 1986 (age 30)
Fresno, California
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Fresno, California
Spouse Elizabeth (m. 2013)
Career
College UCLA
Turned professional 2008
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Former tour(s) Nationwide Tour
Professional wins 1
Number of wins by tour
Web.com Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T44: 2012
U.S. Open T3: 2011
The Open Championship T53: 2016
PGA Championship T13: 2014

Kevin Alan Chappell (born July 8, 1986) is an American professional golfer who is currently playing on the PGA Tour.

Amateur career[edit]

Chappell was born in Fresno, California. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the collegiate player of the year in 2008. He also won the Arnold Palmer Award for claiming the NCAA championship. He was a PING first-team All-American and Pac-10 golfer of the year in 2008 after winning three collegiate titles and held the UCLA single season scoring record. He was a three-time PING All-American selection. He was ranked the third best amateur in world golf at the end of the 2008 season.

Chappell represented the United States as a member of the championship team at the 2004 Junior World Team Championship and the 2007 Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship. He was also a member of the 2008 U.S Palmer Cup team.

Professional career[edit]

Chappell turned professional the day after the 2008 Palmer Cup and has played mainly on the Nationwide Tour trying to earn enough money to gain status on Tour. A stand out result early in his career on the PGA Tour was at the 2009 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am where he finished tied for sixth.[1] Chappell won his first professional event at the 2010 Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae on the Nationwide Tour, winning by one stroke over David Hearn after a final round of 65.[2] He finished the year 9th on the money list and earned his 2011 PGA Tour card.

In his rookie season on tour, Chappell finished tied for second behind Brendan Steele at the 2011 Valero Texas Open, after a bogey on the 17th hole put him one stroke behind. This was Chappell's best ever career finish on the PGA Tour to date. In 2011, he also qualified for the U.S. Open, his first ever major championship appearance and he shot a 66 on Sunday to finish in a tie for third place and ensure himself of entry into the 2012 U.S. Open and Masters Tournament.[3] He also finished in a tied for the third place in his final event of the season, the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. He ended the year 84th in the FedEx Cup standings.

Chappell finished tied for tenth at his second consecutive U.S. Open in 2012; it was his only top-10 finish of 2012 and he finished the season 125th on the money list, earning the last available Tour card based on season earnings. Chappell had his best year on the PGA Tour to date in 2013, making 16 cuts, with three top 10s, which included a second runner-up finish of his career at the Memorial Tournament. He ended the year 45th on the FedEx Cup standings, which is his best result to date. During the 2014 and 2015, Chappell was consistent, making the majority of cuts he played in, but only recorded three top-10 finishes in this period.

The 2016 season has been an inconsistent but impressive season for Chappell with a number of missed cuts and lower place finishes. However, he has finished runner-up three times at the RSM Classic behind Kevin Kisner, at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a single shot behind Jason Day, and at The Players Championship, again behind Jason Day. He lost in a three-man playoff with Rory McIlroy and Ryan Moore at the Tour Championship to McIlory. Chappell has now finished as runner-up six times in his PGA Tour career without having yet claimed victory.

Professional wins (1)[edit]

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2016 The Tour Championship Northern Ireland Rory McIlroy, United States Ryan Moore McIlroy won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Chappell eliminated with par on first hole

Nationwide Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Apr 18, 2010 Fresh Express Classic at TPC Stonebrae −20 (66-67-66-65=264) 1 stroke Canada David Hearn

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Masters Tournament DNP T44 DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T3 T10 T32 DNP T46 CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T53
PGA Championship DNP DNP CUT T13 T43 CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
U.S. Open 0 0 1 1 2 2 5 4
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
Totals 0 0 1 1 2 3 11 8
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2011 U.S. Open – 2013 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

  • Junior World Team Championship: 2004
  • USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship: 2007
  • Palmer Cup: 2008

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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