DUBLIN, Ohio – For much of the day Sunday, Kevin Chappell was largely relegated to the role of spectator, carding par after par while others mounted charges to pass him on the leaderboard at The Memorial Tournament. That dynamic changed quickly on the back nine, though, as the former UCLA standout birdied four of his final six holes to finish alone in second place.
“It was a great week. A couple shots short of what I wanted,” noted Chappell, who finished two shots behind eventual winner Matt Kuchar despite firing a 4-under 68, the only bogey-free round of the weekend at Muirfield Village. “I’ve been working hard on the right things and it’s nice to see it pay off.”
Chappell began his final round with 12 consecutive pars, finally breaking through with a birdie on the 13th hole. A two-putt birdie followed at the par-5 15th, and Chappell was able to trim Kuchar’s four-shot advantage to just two after rolling in another putt at No. 17. He would get no closer, though, despite a final approach shot that landed within 3 feet to set up a closing birdie, his fourth of the inward nine.
“If you would have told me before the round started I’d shoot a bogey-free 68, I would have liked my chances,” noted Chappell, who reached 14 of 18 greens in regulation during the final round. “I was just trying to put together a good round of golf and made some birdies and was able to finish it out.”