WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Final fall, Kevin Chappell was at residence recuperating from again surgical procedure. On Friday, in his first PGA Tour occasion since surgical procedure, he had the 11th sub-60 spherical in tour historical past.
Chappell shot an 11-under 59 within the second spherical of A Army Tribute at The Greenbrier. He missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-Four ninth to fall a stroke in need of Jim Furyk’s tour report.
“I used to be making an attempt to maintain the mindset, preserve the foot on the gasoline and assault,” Chappell stated. “All in all, could not be happier with the place I am at.”
A day after capturing a 71, Chappell opened with a par on No. 10, then birdied the subsequent eight to make the flip in 28. He birdied No. 1 to tie the PGA Tour report for consecutive birdies set by Mark Calcavecchia within the 2009 Canadian Open, and acquired to 11 beneath with birdies on Nos. 5 and seven.
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Furyk set the report in 2016 with a 58 within the closing spherical of the Vacationers Championship.
Chappell was 10 beneath for the event, three photographs behind leaders Scottie Scheffler, Joaquin Niemann of Chile and Robby Shelton.
“Ten months in the past, I used to be on the sofa and could not stroll,” Chappell stated. “So many individuals had lots to do with getting me again out right here and getting me aggressive. I have not achieved a aim but. Whereas I can win the golf event, that is the step in the best route.”
It was the primary sub-60 spherical on the PGA Tour since Brandt Snedeker’s 59 on the 2018 Wyndham Championship. Stuart Appleby shot 59 at The Greenbrier within the closing spherical to win by one stroke in its inaugural season in 2010.
After his birdie at No. 7, Chappell saved par from 6 toes on the par-Three eighth and hit a 120-yard wedge into the ninth. He had 24 putts.
After his surgical procedure, Chappell did not play once more competitively till final month on the Korn Ferry Tour. The 33-year-old former UCLA participant had 4 top-10 finishes through the 2018 PGA season. His lone tour win got here on the 2017 Valero Texas Open.
“I would prefer to say I by no means stopped believing, but it surely’s all the time good to see you are able to do it and have the proof to maneuver ahead,” Chappell stated. “Now we have a number of photographs to make up on the leaderboard this weekend and it may take some good enjoying to win the golf event.”
Scheffler and Niemann shot 62. Shelton, the first-round chief, adopted a gap 62 with a 65. They had been at 13 beneath.
Scheffler, a tour rookie, received two Korn Ferry occasions final season and completed because the season factors chief. His bogey-free spherical Friday included 10 one-putt greens. Beginning on the again 9, he birdied six of his first eight holes.
“I have not put myself in too many dangerous conditions,” Scheffler stated. “Simply hoping to maintain that going for the weekend. Fairly stress-free thus far.”
The 20-year-old Niemann tied for fifth on the event in 2018.
“It is a actually particular place,” he stated. “I’ve enjoyable right here.”
Denny McCarthy adopted a gap 72 with a 61 to get to 7 beneath.
Beneath a rule change this season, the sphere was lower to the highest 65 gamers plus ties as a substitute of the highest 70. Bryson DeChambeau, the No. 10-ranked participant on this planet, was at 2 beneath and missed the lower.
Australian Marc Leishman withdrew with a again damage after capturing 76 in Thursday’s first spherical. In line with the tour, Leishman has 4 bulging disks that flare up sometimes. Leishman is on the Worldwide Workforce competing within the Presidents Cup in December.