Kevin Chappell had perhaps the best explanation as to why he, and eventual winner Brendan Steele and the third member of his group Sunday, Cameron Tringale, didn’t seem all that bothered by the pressure of trying to win on the PGA TOUR for the first time.
“Good golf travels and it doesn't matter whether you're playing the mini tour or Nationwide Tour or PGA TOUR,” Chappell said. “If you're playing good golf you're going to continue to play good golf.
“To be honest, I don't think who's out there. It's me versus this week the Valero Texas Open golf course out here and that's -- that was my opponent this week. I felt like I fared pretty well with the conditions and so for me that's my attitude and it's been working at whatever level I'm at.”
It certainly worked well this week. Chappell recorded the best finish of his career with a tie for second after a final-round 2-under 70.
It also helped to be playing with a couple of guys in Steele and Tringale who he could relate to.
“It's nice to have someone in a group going through the same thing you're going through,” Chappell said. “It was very a comfortable pairing for me.”