Kevin Chappell’s game in a good place at TPC Boston

He’s learned from collapse at Barclays

NORTON — The estimate his fiancee provided was off. The machines at a laundromat in Providence needed another hour, at least.

They grabbed dinner. There was still time to kill. Kevin Chappell resorted to this option because his fourth PGA Tour event in as many weeks no doubt left him in a pinch, needing clean clothes, fast.

But these machines weren’t on schedule. They took their time.


So, he sat and waited.

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“Time seems to pass slower when you’re sitting on [a] couch, doing laundry in the laundromat,” Chappell said Sunday, recalling events of last week.

It didn’t pass much quicker on Sunday, when storms doused New England, including TPC Boston, the site of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Chappell had a 7 a.m. wake-up call, and then a 9:55 a.m. tee time. He ate breakfast and went to the PGA Tour’s on-site fitness trailer to warm up.

Then, he said, it was 1 hour, 7 minutes before his tee time when event officials blew the horn, announcing play was suspended because of inclement weather.


It appeared the weather would clear up quickly, but it didn’t.

So, he sat and waited.

He ate a second breakfast. An hour later, officials gave him an update: game on.

Chappell finally teed off at around 12:35, and he had one of the best rounds of the day, posting a 7-under-par 64, which put him in a five-way tie for 19th.

“My game is in a good spot,” he said. “I’m in a good spot. The golf course couldn’t have been more benign today, just with how soft it was. It’s in great condition.”


His game has been in good shape lately, too — at least in certain rounds.

Chappell is coming off the Barclays in Jersey City, N.J., where he shot a bogey-free 62 and established a course record at Liberty National Golf Club during his third round.

That performance put him one shot behind the co-leaders.

But Chappell fell apart in the fourth round, double bogeying Nos. 11 and 17. He also bogeyed Nos. 13, 15, and 16. He posted a 76 and finished tied for 15th.

“I just made a mistake on No. 11 and really tried to force the issue after that,” he said. “I didn’t need to. I needed to do the opposite.”

It was a learning experience, he said.

“I guess that’s what I took from it — when you’re under the gun, your emotion is to do one thing, and probably the right thing to do is the complete opposite,” he said.

He could look over at his partner during that round, Tiger Woods, as an example. Woods also bogeyed No. 13 at Liberty National, then No. 15.

“And you’re like, ‘All right, this guy is ready to start the jet and head home,’ ” Chappell said.

But Woods gathered himself, birdied two of his last three holes, and remained in contention.

“It never seemed like he forced the issue at all,” Chappell said. “There might have been a little more urgency from him, but I never sensed it.

“Playing in the same group, I thought it was a great experience for me to see and be a part of.”

Chappell has yet to win on tour. He has three top-10 finishes this season and finished second at the Memorial in June.

He has been playing a lot lately, too, which can cause logistical problems: sleeping in different beds, travel, laundry.

“We play golf for a living,” he said. “It’s what we do. We’re going to figure out a way to do that mentally and physically. There’s just so much more that goes on.”

Sunday, his play was crisp, even if, he said, it was another event where the weather forced players to be in a constant state of “hurry up and wait.”

And as for his approach to this event, Chappell said it’s about keeping it close — “knocking on the door” — with the idea of closing it out, unlike at the Barclays.

“Last week was fun,” he said. “Obviously, a disappointing finish, but I learned a lot. And I know that when I’m in that situation again, if it’s tomorrow . . . I think I will handle myself better.”

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