June 17 2012
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
SAN FRANCISCO -- Kevin Chappell was able to do something nobody else has achieved this week at the Olympic Club -- go bogey-free for his round.
Chappell's 2-under 68 included birdies at the par-4 second and the par-4 11th ... and 16 pars.
"As easy as I could have made it," said Chappell, who will enter Sunday's final round at 3 over and inside the top 10 on the leaderboard.
One of his toughest pars came at the shortest hole on the course, the par-3 15th that was playing at 107 yards on Thursday. Chappell needed an 8-footer from off the green to keep his scorecard clean.
"Shows you that the distance is kind of irrelevant," Chappell said.
A year ago, Chappell finished tied for third at Congressional, shooting three rounds in the 60s after opening with a 76.
But he doesn't think he'll be able to draw upon any of those experiences.
"Different golf tournament," said Chappell, who joined the PGA TOUR in 2011 and is still looking for his first TOUR win. "Last year we were trying to make birdies in the U.S. Open, and here you're trying to just survive.
"If I can go out tomorrow and play a round of golf like I did today, we'll see what happens."