GAINESVILLE, Va. – Kevin Chappell grew up in California, went to college at UCLA and has a predictably laid-back view on life, but following a third-round 67 at the Quicken Loans National his Zen-like approach was refreshing nonetheless.
“I've done a really good job of functioning this week. That's the grass, that's the sky, that's the hole, this is my ball. Shoot the lowest score tomorrow and I win the golf tournament,” Chappell said. “That's the goal. And if I can function there and play my game I think I'll be all right.”
Of course, that low-pressure approach is easier when you’re hitting the golf ball as well as Chappell has been this week. He’s hit 35 of 42 fairways for the week and 44 of 54 greens in regulation on his way to a 14 under total and a share of the 54-hole lead at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.
Still, his relaxed demeanor on the eve of what could be his first PGA Tour victory says a lot about the 29-year-old and how he may handle the Sunday stress.
For Chappell, the final round will be an amazingly simple day.
“Dealing with the truth, have the facts. You have 168 [yards], hit it 168. Don't get ahead of yourself and just play my game,” he said. “I think that will be good enough.”