PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – For the second time this year, Kevin Chappell beat everyone in the field not named Jason Day.
It was also the second time Chappell ran runner-up to Day in Florida, but at least this time, at the Players, he didn’t feel like he let one get away from him.
“Bay Hill hurt a lot more than this one does because I was in control there,” said Chappell, who began the final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational two shots behind Day but bogeyed the last hole to lose by one stroke. “I take a lot of pride finishing off a good week with the round today.”
Chappell, who began the final round at TPC Sawgrass six shots back, struggled early in his round with three bogeys, but he eagled the 11th hole and birdied two of the last three to finish with a 3-under 69 and 11-under total, four strokes behind the Australian.
This was Chappell’s third runner-up showing this season following near misses at Bay Hill and the RSM Classic last fall, and he did take some solace in losing to the world No. 1.
“He’s a freak of nature. I finished second to him twice in the state of Florida, and that’s a state he doesn’t play well in, right?” joked Chappell, a reference to Day’s relatively pedestrian record in the Sunshine State before this year.