WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Final fall, Kevin Chappell was at house recuperating from again surgical procedure. On Friday in his first PGA Tour occasion since surgical procedure, he had the 11th sub-60 spherical in tour historical past.
Chappell shot an 11-under 59 within the second spherical of A Navy Tribute at The Greenbrier. He missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-Four ninth to fall a stroke in need of Jim Furyk’s tour report.
“I was trying to keep the mindset, keep the foot on the gas and attack,” Chappell mentioned. “All in all, couldn’t be happier with where I’m at.”
A day after capturing a 71, Chappell opened with a par on No. 10, then birdied the following eight to make the flip in 28. He birdied No. 1 to tie the PGA Tour report for consecutive birdies set by Mark Calcavecchia within the 2009 Canadian Open, and bought to 11 below with birdies on Nos. 5 and seven.
Furyk set the report in 2016 with a 58 within the ultimate spherical of the Vacationers Championship.
Chappell was 10 below for the event, three photographs behind leaders Scottie Scheffler, Joaquin Niemann of Chile and Robby Shelton.
“Ten months ago I was on the couch and couldn’t walk,” Chappell mentioned. “So many people had a lot to do with getting me back out here and getting me competitive. I haven’t accomplished a goal yet. While I can win the golf tournament, this is the step in the right direction.”
It was the primary sub-60 spherical on the PGA Tour since Brandt Snedeker’s 59 on the 2018 Wyndham Championship. Stuart Appleby shot 59 at The Greenbrier within the ultimate spherical to win by one stroke in its inaugural season in 2010.
After his birdie at No. 7, Chappell saved par from 6 ft on the par-Three eighth and hit a 120-yard wedge into the ninth. He had 24 putts.
After his surgical procedure, Chappell didn’t play once more competitively till final month on the Korn Ferry Tour. The 33-year-old former UCLA participant had four-top 10 finishes throughout the 2018 PGA season. His lone tour win got here on the 2017 Valero Texas Open.
“I’d like to say I never stopped believing, but it’s always nice to see you can do it and have the evidence to move forward,” Chappell mentioned. “We have a few shots to make up on the leaderboard this weekend and it’s going to take some good playing to win the golf tournament.”
Scheffler and Niemann shot 62. Shelton, the first-round chief, adopted a gap 62 with a 65. They have been at 13 below.
Scheffler, a tour rookie, received two Korn Ferry occasions final season and completed because the season factors chief. His bogey-free spherical Friday together with 10 one-putt greens. Beginning on the again 9, he birdied six of his first eight holes.
“I haven’t put myself in too many bad situations,” Scheffler mentioned. “Just hoping to keep that going for the weekend. Pretty stress free so far.”
The 20-year-old Niemann tied for fifth on the event in 2018.
“It’s a really special place,” he mentioned. “I have fun here.”
Adam Lengthy was fourth at 12 below after a 62.
Denny McCarthy adopted a gap 72 with a 61 to get to 7 below.
Below a rule change this season, the sector was lower to the highest 65 gamers plus ties as a substitute of the highest 70. Bryson DeChambeau, the No. 10 ranked participant on the earth, was at 2 below and missed the lower.
Australian Marc Leishman withdrew with a again harm after capturing 76 in Thursday’s first spherical. In response to the tour, Leishman has 4 bulging disks that flare up often. Leishman is on the Worldwide Workforce competing within the Presidents Cup in December.