The Liberty National Golf Club course record set by Keegan Bradley on Friday at The Barclays didn’t even make it 24 hours. Kevin Chappell decided that he wanted his name in the record books and snatched the record from Bradley on Saturday. Bradley fired an impressive 63 in the second round only to be outdone by the 62 posted by Chappell the very next day.
Chappell got off to a quick start in the third round with a birdie at the tenth hole – his first of day. He went on to par the next five holes before birdies at 16 and 17. Then things really got flowing for Chappell. He played the front nine in six under par including a stretch of four straight birdies from holes three through six. He had a chance for yet another birdie on number nine – his final hole of the day – but wasn’t able to convert for a 61.
The record-breaking third round shot Chappell forty spots up the leaderboard to solo third behind co-leaders Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland. At 11 under par, he’s just one shot off of their pace as the final round awaits. Without an impressive showing in the third round, Chappell likely wouldn’t have stood a chance to contend for the title this week.
Not only did he get himself into contention for this victory, Chappell also greatly improved his FedEx Cup standings. As it stands right now he is projected to move from 58th to ninth. Granted, there is a lot that can happen over the final 18 holes, but barring an epic collapse, Chappell will be in a much better position than when he entered this event.