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Monday, April 24, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 Valero Texas Open

Winner: Kevin Chappell

Around the wider world of golf: Carlos Franco and Vijay Singh set a course record when they won the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf on the Champions Tour (Allen Doyle and Hubert Green won the Legends Division); Bernd Wiesberger won the Shenzhen International on the ET; Florentyna Parker won the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open on the LET; Hannah Green won the Sara Bay Classic on the Symetra Tour; Kenichi Kuboya won the Panasonic Open on the Japan Golf Tour; D.H. Lee won the United Leasing & Finance Championship on the Web.com Tour; and Nelson Ledesma won the Abierto OSDE del Centro on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

Kevin Chappell is mildly excited by his win at the Valero

Yee-haw! Kevin Chappell finally broke the bronc that's been throwing him at the end of tournaments for the last few years. That critter pitched and bucked, but ole Kev wasn't having none of it this time. No sirree, that feller pulled out his six-shooter and shot that monkey right off his back and...

Okay, enough of the bad cowboy jokes. But you'd sure think Kevin had just survived the notorious shootout at the OK Corral. Take a good look at that photo! And that was nothing compared to the whole celebration.

But he deserved it. He's been so close so many times, so many runner-ups in the last couple of years, that it just seems appropriate to frame it as a classic western showdown. Even Brookes Koepka, his closest pursuer at the end, seemed genuinely happy for Kevin to finally get that big old monkey off his back.

And how did Kevin do it? By doing the one thing that he hadn't been able to do any previous time -- he hit one close on 18 and drained the putt for birdie to win. In and of itself, that one fact would have been enough to warrant the celebration. But Kevin played solid all the way down the stretch, making smart decision after smart decision. Even his reasoning for the "putt-not-chip" decision on 16 made sense for a guy who hadn't won before.

So this week Kevin Chappell get his first-ever Limerick Summary. It won't shine like his new cowboy boots, and it won't "jingle, jangle, jingle" like spurs, but you can't buy one of these in a store, either!
The long years of waiting are done
Since Kevin at last made the one
Big putt that he needed…
And Koepka conceded.
The boots simply made it more fun!
The photo came from the tournament upshot page at PGATOUR.com.

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