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Kevin Chappell hits his tee shot on the tenth hole
during the second round of the Deutsche Bank
Championship golf tournament, yesterday in Norton,
Massechusetts. AP PHOTO
NORTON---Kevin Chappell did just about every-
thing right yesterday, even when making his lone
bogey, and shot 7-under 64 for a one-shot lead
in the Deutsche Bank Championship in
Massechusetts 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.
At least he still has a chance.
Phil Mickelson missed the cut for only the sec-
ond 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 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
yesterday 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
Chappell already has three runner-up finish
this summer, two of them to Day.
He put himself in position for another oppor-
tunity 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 strug-
gle 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 today. Instead, they are going
off one tee in twosomes. Brian Harman
a 65 and was two shots behind. Joining
Johnson at 8-under 134 was Smylie Kauf-
man, 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. (AP)
Chappell leads at TPC Boston with another chance
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