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.
Lexi Thompson’s agent asked the LPGA in strong terms for a “true and transparent accounting” of the details of the viewer’s intervention that impacted the outcome of the ANA Inspiration three weeks ago. When Thompson meets the media for the first time since a four-shot penalty derailed her chance at winning a second major championship, there will be an accounting due there, too. While LPGA players may be “up in arms” over yet another TV viewer’s intervention, as a prominent major champion told GolfChannel.com last week, you aren’t hearing players step up to defend the way Thompson marked her ball. In fact, there has been curious silence on that front from the LPGA player ranks, even among players asked directly about it at the Lotte Championship the week after the ANA.
Last time we saw Sergio Garcia, he was winning his long-awaited first major at the 2017 Masters. He was super happy about it. He continued being happy about it throughout his barnstorming tour through New York City. And what’s he doing now? Well, after scoring an invitation to Rory McIlroy’s wedding on Saturday, he spent Sunday attending Real Madrid’s match against Barcelona (he’s a lifelong Madrid fan), IN HIS GREEN JACKET. He even got to get the match underway. So, basically: Yea, life is pretty good for Sergio Garcia right now.