Saturday’s roundup: Chappell in the lead at TPC Boston
Norton, Mass. — Kevin Chappell did just about everything right Saturday, even when making his lone bogey, and shot 7-under 64 for a one-shot lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship and another chance at his first PGA Tour victory.
Chappell pitched in for eagle on No. 7 and made a 35-foot birdie putt on the next hole. Even better was the 15-foot bogey putt on the 13th hole, and his great escape from a bad shot when trying to lay up on the par-5 18th.
He was at 11-under 131, one shot ahead of PGA champion Jimmy Walker (64) and Paul Casey (66).
Dustin Johnson was poised to join Chappell in the lead until his long iron on the 18th sailed well right into the trees. He had to take a penalty drop, hit wedge on to about 45 feet and then three-putted for a double bogey. He still shot 66 and was three behind.
Brain Stuard (Jackson) shot a 69 and is tied for seventh, four shots back.
Phil Mickelson missed the cut for only the second time in a FedEx Cup playoff event, making a double bogey on his final hole for a 72. Jason Day, the world No. 1, took a quadruple-bogey 8 on the fifth hole and rallied to make the cut on the number.
The cut was at 1-under 141.
Also missing the cut was Bubba Watson, still hopeful of a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup. Justin Thomas also is trying to make a case, and Saturday didn’t help the cause. His good start was wasted by a 40 on the back nine, which included two balls in the water for a triple bogey on the par-3 16th, and he wound up missing the cut.
Chappell already has three runner-up finishes this summer, two of them to Day.
He put himself in position for another opportunity with a 30 on the front nine, highlighted by the pitch-in for eagle. The key hole might have been the 13th, when Chappell went from the left rough to well right of the green, with the pin cut close to the edge. He tried to scoot a pitch up the hill, and rolled halfway down. His chip didn’t quite reach the green, and then Chappell clenched his fist when the bogey putt fell.
“I was fighting some internal demons there,” Chappell said. “I couldn’t help but recall the same situation last Friday, 7 under par through 32 holes and I finished bogey, double bogey. To know that, refer to it and then not let it happen again is huge, and that’s why you saw the emotion from me.”
He nearly threw away a shot at the end. After a good drive on the 18th, he watched players in the group ahead struggle from the left of the green. Chappell figured his best chance was to lay up, but he hit it weak, the ball caught a gust of wind and it landed in the thick collar of a pot bunker.
His next shot made up for it, a wedge that jumped on him but still had enough height to settle about 15 feet away for par.
Casey is at No. 59 in the FedEx Cup, needing a good week to make sure he stays in the top 70 to advance to the third playoff event at the BMW Championship next week. That shouldn’t be a problem. He played bogey-free for a 66 to get in the last group with Chappell.
The forecast is shaky leading up to the Labor Day finish, and some players thought they might play as many holes as possible Sunday. Instead, they are going off one tee in twosomes.
Brian Harman is at No. 67 in the Fed Ex Cup. He had a 65 and was two shots behind. Joining Johnson at 8-under 134 was Smylie Kaufman, who had reason to expect so much more than his 66. Kaufman was 7 under through seven holes, thanks to a chip-in and an eagle. But he closed out the front nine with bogeys, and played even par on the back nine.
Walker recovered from his malaise after winning his first major at Baltusrol. He missed the cut in his next two weeks, but spent time at home working on his game and appears to have returned to form. He finished strong with an eagle on the par-5 seventh and a birdie from the first cut of rough on the ninth hole.
Thirteen players who were at No. 70 or lower in the FedEx Cup missed the cut, meaning their season is over. That group includes Webb Simpson and Vijay Singh.
Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 6-under 66 in the LPGA Manulife Classic, leaving her two strokes back in her bid to win three straight events for the second time this season.
The second-ranked Jutanugarn was chasing South Koreans Mi Hyang Lee and Hjo Joo Kim at Whistle Bear. Lee also had a 66 to top the leaderboard at 14-under 202, and Kim was a stroke back after a 68.
Jutanugarn closed with a birdie to join Thailand’s P.K. Kongkraphan (69) at 12 under.
Using a driver in competition for the third straight day after shelving it for months, Jutanugarn had eight birdies and two bogeys. She has improved each day, following an opening 70 with a 68.
After winning three straight events in May, the 20-year-old Thai player began the latest streak at the Women’s British Open. She rebounded from a knee injury that forced her to withdraw during the Rio Olympics to win the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open last week in Alberta for her fifth victory of the year.
Top-ranked Lydia Ko had the round of the day, shooting a bogey-free 64 to move into a tie for seventh at 10 under. The 19-year-old New Zealander has four LPGA Tour victories this year. Canadian star Brooke Henderson was tied for 29th at 6 under after a 69.
At Calgary, Alberta, defending champion Jeff Maggert shot his second straight 7-under 63 to take a three-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Shaw Charity Classic.
The 52-year-old Maggert parred the final three holes after making eight birdies and a bogey on the first 15 at Canyon Meadows. The three-time PGA Tour winner has five victories on the 50-and-over tour. He won four times last year, the first two majors in the Regions Tradition and U.S. Senior Open.
Maggert broke the tournament 36-hole record of 15 under set by Rocco Mediate in his 2013 victory.
Paraguay’s Carlos Franco was second, also shooting 63.
Bernhard Langer was third at 10 under after his second 65. The 59-year-old German star won the Boeing Classic last week in Washington for his fourth victory of the year and 29th overall on tour. He has played 49 holes without a bogey dating to the final round in Washington.
Tom Watson followed his opening 65 with a 72 to drop into a tie for 38th at 3 under. On Friday, Watson broke his age for the fourth time on the tour. He will be 67 on Sunday.
At Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Australia’s Scott Hend shot a 5-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the European Masters.
Hend had a 13-under 197 total. Sweden’s Alex Noren was second after a 66. Noren won the 2009 event on the Swiss Alps course.