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The Tour Report

April 16 2011

2:10 PM

Rookie Chappell rolling it well

The leaderboard remains crowded at TPC San Antonio, where three players now share the lead at 4 under.

One of the three, Kevin Chappell, has a pretty good pedigree that he’s trying to live up to. At UCLA, Chappell led the Bruins to the 2008 NCAA title. He also won the individual title and received the 2008 Jack Nicklaus Award as the top male collegiate player -- the first UCLA player to do so since Duffy Waldorf in 1985.

Last year on the Nationwide Tour, Chappell had 24 starts and recorded seven top-10s, which included a win a second and a third as he ended the year ninth on the money list to earn his PGA TOUR card for this year.

His rookie year on TOUR hasn’t gone as well, however. Chappell has missed his last three cuts and his best finish was a tie for 42nd in Hawaii.

Obviously that could change this week. One big reason it could: Chappell’s putting. He leads the field in putting so far.