Valero Texas Open Day 3: Kevin Chappell leads by one

Last Updated April 23 2017, 06:48

America's Kevin Chappell finally got to grips with the windy conditions at the Valero Texas Open to claim the outright lead on day three as he chases his first PGA Tour victory.

Day three leaders


-8  Kevin Chappell
-7  Branden Grace,  John Huh
-6  Ryan Palmer, Carl Pettersson, Martin Laird, Kevin Tway, Bud Cauley, Tony Finau, Cameron Smith
-5 Brian Gay

Day three report


America's Kevin Chappell finally got to grips with the windy conditions at the Valero Texas Open to claim the outright lead on day three as he chases his first PGA Tour victory.

The 30-year-old, who has six runners-up finishes to his name, was just one shot off the lead after Friday but an outward 38 appeared to have left him struggling.

However, three birdies in his final five holes in a bogey-free back nine lifted him to the top of the leaderboard on eight under after a round of 71.

South Africa's Branden Grace, a renowned good wind player, shot 70 to move to seven under alongside another American John Huh.

The group one shot further back included Ryan Palmer, who carded an impressive 68 on a testing day on the AT&T Oaks Course in San Antonio, and Scotland's Martin Laird after a 71.

Overnight joint leaders Tony Finau and Bud Cauley were also in that chasing pack having rallied late on in their rounds after difficult starts.

Both carded two-over 74s, still leaving them well-placed just two behind Chappell.

Third-round collated scores


(USA unless stated, par 72)

208 Kevin Chappell 69 68 71

209 Branden Grace (Rsa) 66 73 70, John Huh 67 71 71

210 Tony Finau 71 65 74, Bud Cauley 70 66 74, Cameron Smith (Aus) 72 65 73, Ryan Palmer 74 68 68, Martin Laird (Sco) 72 67 71, Kevin Tway 70 68 72, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 73 66 71

211 Brian Gay 68 72 71

212 Brooks Koepka 68 74 70, Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 69 70 73, Bob Estes 68 69 75, Robby Shelton 68 69 75, Camilo Villegas (Col) 73 70 69, Nick Taylor (Can) 69 72 71, Jim Herman 69 72 71

213 Matt Jones (Aus) 69 73 71, Sung Kang (Kor) 69 70 74, Jimmy Walker 70 69 74, Sebastian Munoz (Col) 70 71 72, Jonathan Randolph 68 70 75, Jhonattan Vegas (Ven) 69 71 73, Ryan Moore 70 70 73, Si Woo Kim (Kor) 70 72 71

214 JT Poston 70 73 71, Shawn Stefani 68 73 73, Ollie Schniederjans 72 67 75, Ryan Brehm 71 69 74

215 Cameron Percy (Aus) 70 73 72, J.J. Henry 72 71 72, Jamie Lovemark 69 73 73, Nicholas Lindheim 71 70 74

216 Charley Hoffman 71 72 73, Harold Varner III 71 71 74, Brandon Hagy 70 73 73, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 69 74 73, Stewart Cink 67 75 74, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa) 73 68 75

Kevin Streelman 71 72 73, Tom Hoge 68 72 76, Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) 71 72 73

217 Billy Hurley III 72 71 74, Freddie Jacobson (Swe) 69 71 77, Tag Ridings 72 72 73, Kyle Reifers 72 71 74, Smylie Kaufman 70 74 73, Troy Merritt 72 69 76

218 Andrew Johnston (Eng) 75 69 74, Ricky Barnes 73 68 77, Andres Gonzales 70 74 74, Ben Crane 74 69 75, Graeme McDowell (Nirl) 68 74 76, Byeong-Hun An (Kor) 73 69 76, Bryce Molder 68 74 76, Wesley McClain 73 71 74

Seamus Power (Irl) 72 72 74

219 Matt Kuchar 73 71 75, Julian Etulain (Arg) 71 73 75, Brendan Steele 70 71 78, Michael Thompson 70 70 79, Justin Leonard 72 72 75, Brad Fritsch (Can) 74 69 76

Ken Duke 68 72 79, Blayne Barber 70 73 76, Dominic Bozzelli 72 71 76

220 Daniel Summerhays 72 72 76

221 Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 69 74 78, Zack Sucher 71 73 77, J.J. Spaun 73 67 81

222 Anirban Lahiri (Ind) 69 75 78, Andrew Loupe 72 69 81

223 Jason Kokrak 72 72 79

224 Adam Hadwin (Can) 70 72 82

228 Steven Alker (Nzl) 67 76 85

Day two report


American pair Bud Cauley and Tony Finau share the lead at the halfway point of the Valero Texas Open.

Both men are tied on eight under as Cauley, who is chasing a first PGA Tour win, fired a six-under-par 66 while Finau went one better with a 65.

Cauley struck six birdies in his blemish-free round, but Finau's card was more erratic, with an eagle, eight birdies and three bogeys keeping the scorers busy.

Australian Cameron Smith, who matched Finau's 65 as the lowest score of the day, Bob Estes, Kevin Chappell and Robby Shelton lead the chasing pack on seven under.

Scotland's Martin Laird is three shots off the lead after his 67 moved him to five under but it was a disappointing day for Graeme McDowell as he shot a two-over-par 74 to fall back to six off the lead, having started his round two behind overnight leader Branden Grace.

There were some high-profile names to miss the cut as Zach Johnson and Luke Donald will not be returning for the weekend, while Ian Poulter's failure to beat the even par cut-off means he loses his PGA Tour card.

Day one report


Branden Grace holds a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Valero Texas Open, where Graeme McDowell also made a strong start. 

The South African mixed seven birdies with a sole blemish to post a six-under 66 at TPC San Antonio, with Stewart Cink one of four players in a share of second.

McDowell and Brooks Koepka both sit in the group tied-fifth after opening-round 67s, while Ian Poulter is facing a battle to make the cut following a three-over 75.

Grace holed a 20-footer from the fringe to birdie the second but gave it back with a missed par-save from seven feet at the fourth, before three gains in a four-hole stretch saw him reach the turn in 33.

The world No 21 continued his birdie run with a close-range at the 10th and picked up further shots at the 13th and 14th to set a clubhouse target which wasn't matched.

Cink picked up four birdies in five holes after the turn on his way to five under, with Jon Huh posting a blemish-free card to also join Will MacKenzie one off the pace.

Steven Alker birdied his final three holes to make it a four-way tie for second, with McDowell one of 13 players on four under after a strong start to the week.

Soren Kjeldsen briefly threatened the lead with three consecutive gains from the fourth, only to three-putt the seventh and bogey the ninth to match Patrick Reed's opening 69.

Andrew 'Beef' Johnston lies nine off the pace alongside Poulter, who needs to earn US$30,624 in prize money this week to retain his full PGA Tour playing privileges.

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