DUBLIN, Ohio -- Don't look now but the man who won the 2008 Jack Nicklaus Award as the nation's top collegiate player is making a big move up the leaderboard at the Golden Bear’s tournament.
Kevin Chappell, who was an All-American at UCLA, set the tone for the day when he birdied his first two holes in the third round of the Memorial. He gave one back when he missed the green at the par-3 fourth but got that back -- and then some -- with a 5-foot eagle at No. 5.
Chappell got up and down from the right greenside bunker for another birdie at the par-5 seventh hole and went on to make the turn in 32. He's 6 under for the tournament and three strokes off the lead held by Steve Stricker, who tees off at 1:40.
Chappell is bidding to become the fifth rookie winner on the PGA TOUR -- and the second straight after Keegan Bradley's playoff win on Sunday. His best finish this year is a tie or second at the Valero Texas Open where he finished one stroke behind fellow rookie Brendan Steele.
Chappell led the Bruins to the 2008 NCAA title. He was the only player to break par that week at Purdue's Kampen Course, and became the first UCLA player to win the NCAA individual title.