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Whatever happens Sunday, Chappell already a winner

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ATLANTA – Win, lose or tank, 2016 has been a career year for Kevin Chappell.

He probably hasn’t embraced that scenario, not with 18 holes remaining at the Tour Championship and a share of the lead with Dustin Johnson, but Chappell may have played his way into the top spot for best player without a Tour title this season.

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Chappell has finished runner-up to Kevin Kisner (RSM Classic), Jason Day (Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players) and was third at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, three strokes behind Johnson.

“Coming close so many times this year and not getting a win yet, it fuels me,” said Chappell, who shot a third-round 68. “I really look forward to taking those lessons I've learned from those experiences and applying them tomorrow and seeing what that adds up to.”

Chappell has arguably been the week’s most consistent player, posting just a single bogey through 54 holes and pulling into a share of the lead thanks to a birdie at the 17th hole.