No crying in this Chappell finish

FIRST WIN: Kevin Chappell has broken through for his first US Tour victory at the Texas Open.
FIRST WIN: Kevin Chappell has broken through for his first US Tour victory at the Texas Open. Tom Reel

GOLF: After 180 starts on the US PGA Tour Kevin Chappell finally broke through for his first victory, taking the Texas Open at TPC San Antonio.

The 30-year-old, who has had six runner-up finishes and three thirds on the Tour, buried an eight-foot putt for birdie at the 72nd hole to win by one.

Chappell has struggled for much of this season with an equal 35th his best finish before a tie for seventh in the Masters two weeks back.

His elation was understandable, following six previous runner-up finishes on tour, including four last season.

"I'm just excited I don't have to answer that question (again) of what do I have to do to win,” Chappell said after closing with a 68 to finish at 12-under-par 276.

"I was really calm all day. I never freaked out. Playing the last, it was simple, make four and you win.”

After his win, Chappell's world ranking jumps into the top 25 after going into the Texas Open 41st.

Fellow American Brooks Koepka had eight birdies for a seven-under 65 to be the clubhouse leader before Chappell's birdie.

Kevin Tway and Tony Finau finished in a tie for third at nine under, with Australian Aaron Baddeley alone on fifth at eight under.

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