Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chappell finds his swing to earn a one-stroke lead


Kevin Chappell found his swing late and moved a step closer to his first PGA Tour win.

Chappell birdied three of his final five holes and finished with a 1-under 71 Saturday, giving him a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Valero Texas Open. He is 8-under through 54 holes. He was runner-up six years ago in the event and is ahead of first-round leader Branden Grace, who rallied with 2-under 70, and John Huh. After an eagle-birdie finish, Huh shot 71.

“It was about finding a rhythm,” Chappell said. “I knew when I found it, I could extend it. You can get it going on the finishing stretch.”

Ryan Palmer, a West Texas native who cut through winds as strong as 25 mph, had the round of the day with a 4-under 68. He’s joined at 6-under by Bud Cauley and Tony Finau.

Shenzhen Internatio­nal: Bernd Wiesberger of Austria shot a 3-under 69 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round in Shenzhen, China.

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