After six second-place finishes, rising into the 30 in the world and easily holding the mantle as the Best Player Without a PGA Tour Win, Kevin Chappell broke through for his first victory on Sunday at the Valero Texas Open — in his 180th-career start. Chappell won in dramatic fashion over Brooks Koepka, who closed at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks Course with a 7-under 65 to draw even on the final hole. The ball went in the left side of the hole, giving Chappell the win and the opportunity to release years of frustration of coming up just shy.
Tiger Woods underwent his fourth back surgery in 40 months last week, and if he never hits another shot in competition, Woods should have an excellent fallback profession as a course designer. TGR Design, Woods' course-design company, announced it signed a deal to build its first public-access course, called Payne's Valley, for Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo., just south of Branson on the Arkansas border. Woods has his name attached to 10 design projects in varying stages of development, ranging from championship courses to a course restoration and a practice facility. Two Woods course currently are in play: Diamante's El Cardonal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and Bluejack National outside Houston.
Bernd Wiesberger held off a hard-charging Tommy Fleetwood to win the European Tour's Shenzhen International in China. Wiesberger began the final round with a three-shot lead, but Fleetwood caught up with a final-round 63 that included birdies on four of his final six holes. Wiesberger parred each of his last 11 holes in regulation, and then managed to birdie the first playoff hole to clinch the win. Wiesberger entered the week ranked No. 43 in the world, and this marks his first European Tour win since the 2015 Open de France. It also continues a remarkable run of consistency as he has racked up eight worldwide top-5 finishes since his last missed cut at the PGA Championship in July. "I've had