Kevin Chappell flirted with the idea of PGA Tour history Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
After an eagle on the par-5 11th hole, Chappell was at 8 under for his round, meaning he needed just three more birdies over his final seven holes to shoot a 59. Six players have shot golf’s all-time low in PGA Tour competition.
“I told my caddie, ‘Man, that would be pretty cool to do that here,’ ” Chappell said. “Yeah, I used up a lot of luck today. I had two chip-ins and then made some long putts. Fifty-nine would have been nice, but kind of lost the feel of the putter there on the back nine. But all in all, a good day.”
Instead, Chappell bogeyed the 14th hole, and would par the rest to finish with a 63.
“Even after making bogey on 14, I thought I’d get four good looks coming in,” Chappell said. “And I just didn’t hit a good putt on, I guess 15, and missing the green on 16. I feel like I got a lot out of the round.”
Enough to move Chappell from a tie for 60th after Friday, to a tie for fifth and one stroke off the lead heading into the final round.
“It was a good day,” he added. “I had to make a 5-footer to make the cut, and then to go out and shoot 7 under, I couldn’t ask for more.”
The last player to make the cut on the number, then win the PGA Tour event, was Rory McIlroy in 2010 at the Quail Hollow Championship. Chappell’s best finish this season is a tie for 11th three weeks ago at the Wells Fargo Championship.
“With the way my year’s gone, I’ve been comfortable in that position, barely making the cut,” Chappell said. “I just go out and try to get some momentum going your way.”
Brendon Todd, last week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship winner, shot a 3-under 67 Saturday to move into contention at Colonial with a 54-hole score of 205, two shots behind the leaders.
“I played pretty steady today,” Todd said. “I think more solid off the tee and into the greens than I had the first two days, but I didn’t have as many close shots. I was able to make a couple of nice par saves on 14, 15, and getting birdie on 17 coming in.”
Only 14 players have won both Colonial and the Nelson, but no one has done it in consecutive weeks. In 1946, Ben Hogan became the only golfer to win both North Texas events in the same season. He won the Colonial in May and the Dallas Invitational in September.
“I think somebody out of this group of 5-, 6-, 7-under is probably going to put up a good round,” Todd said.
Hot, then not
Adam Scott, who took over the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking this week, birdied four of his first eight holes Saturday, then played even-par for the last 10.
“Probably the least amount of wind of all the days so far and greens are still receiving shots, so there was an opportunity for a low one, and I got off to a good start,” Scott said.