Kevin Chappell ended a frustrating run of near misses when he clinched his first PGA tour title with a one-stroke triumph over fellow American Brooks Koepka at the Texas Open on Sunday.
Chappell let out a scream of ecstasy after sinking his winning putt, an eight-foot birdie at the final hole at TPC San Antonio.
His elation was understandable, following six previous runner-up finishes on tour, including four last season.
Juvic Pagunsan scored an eagle on the final hole and carded a 2-under-par 69 yesterday to settle for a share of sixth place in the conclusion of the Panasonic Open at the Chiba Country Club in Japan.
Pagunsan started the day with a birdie on the first hole before bogeying the next two holes. But the veteran responded with a second birdie on the par-3 13th before completing the said eagle on the 18th for a four-day aggregate of 275.
He shared identical scores with Koreans KT Kim and IJ Jang to finish two shots off winner Kenichi Kuboya, who beat fellow Japanese golfer Katsumasa Miyamoto in the first playoff hole.
Bernd Wiesberger was crowned the Shenzhen International champion after beating Tommy Fleetwood in a dramatic play-off at Genzon Golf Club.
The Austrian was in control heading into the final day in China, holding a three-shot lead, but could not have envisaged the kind of performance Fleetwood was to produce.
The Englishman, eight shots behind at the start of his final round, carded an excellent 63 to level with Wiesberger, who could only par the 18th, on 16 under to ensure another trip to the last hole in the rain.
American Kevin Chappell moved closer to an elusive breakthrough victory when he survived windswept conditions and an error-strewn front nine to earn a one-stroke lead after the third round at the Texas Open on Saturday.
Chappell, who quietly finished seventh at the Masters two weeks ago, struggled most of the day before picking up three birdies in the final five holes for a one-under-par 71 at TPC San Antonio.
He posted an eight-under 208 total, with South African Branden Grace (70) and American John Huh (71) the closest challengers at seven-under heading into the final round.
Juvic Pagunsan slowed down with an even-par 71yesterday but remained in thick of things going into the final round of the Panasonic Open in Chiba, Japan.
One of the country’s top shotmakers, Pagunsan stood at at 7-under 206, three strokes off KoreanJung Gon Hwang who shot a 65. Pagunsan shot 68 and 67 in the first two rounds of the event being held at the Chiba Country Club Umesato Course.
Mikumu Horikawa shot the day’s best of 63 for a share of second to fourth at 204.
SHENZHEN, China -- Bernd Wiesberger of Austria shot a 3-under 69 Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Shenzhen International.
Wiesberger, who started the third round at Genzon Golf Club with a four-shot advantage, offset two bogeys with five birdies for 15-under 201 overall.
South African Dylan Frittelli was second after a 68 with a birdie-birdie finish.
Bernd Wiesberger led by four shots after shooting a 65 in the second round of the Shenzhen International when storms brought a premature end to play for the second day running.
The Austrian had returned to the Genzon Golf Club course on Friday morning to complete his opening round, held over from Thursday after the threat of lightning had led to a suspension which saw several players unable to finish.
After resuming, Wiesberger birdied the 17th en route to carding a 67 that saw him move within one of the lead.