Kevin Chappell
Kevin Chappell
32-Year-Old Golfer
Injury Back
Est. Return 5/2/2019
2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
Chappell joined the PGA Tour in 2012 and he's been solidly inside the top-125 ever since. In his first few years, Chappell showed some promise, but he never quite found his top gear. That changed in 2016 when he finished runner-up four times on his way to over $4.5 million in earnings. For an encore in 2017, he picked-up his firs victory on the PGA Tour and topped $3 million in earnings. Last year however, he fell back to his pre-2016 levels of production. The culprit last season was his short game. Chappell has never been a great putter, even during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, he wasn't lights-out with the putter, but he was good to really good everywhere else, including strokes-gained around the green. Last season not only was his putting bad, but he ranked 172nd in strokes-gained around the green. A small improvement in that area of his game would show great gains in his earnings this season. It's an issue that he should be able to address this off season. Read Past Outlooks
Sidelined following back surgery
November 26, 2018
Chappell announced Saturday that he'll undergo a microdiscectomy surgery this week to address a lingering back injury, Will Gray of reports.
After dropping from 34th to 71st in the Official World Golf Ranking this year while battling the back issue, Chappell is hopeful the minimally invasive surgery will provide a permanent remedy. The 32-year-old didn't announce a timeline for his return to competition, but because his activity will be limited for several weeks after the procedure, it's unlikely that he'll appear in a tournament until the spring.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Chappell's career arc has been a strange one as he spent his first five seasons on the PGA Tour securing his card with relative ease, but rarely showing any signs of huge potential. That changed during the 2015-16 season when he earned more than $4.5 million. The odd thing about that season is that he didn't win. Chappell did finish runner-up four times though. In another strange twist, he finally picked up his first win last season, but his earnings fell way off from the previous season. Chappell is certainly capable of significantly improving upon his number from this past season as he did it, just a season prior, but he's exactly a safe pick at this price.
How exactly does a guy make over $4.5 million without winning once? Easy, just find four runner-ups throughout the season like Chappell did last season. Chappell's high-point came at the TOUR Championship, where he lost in a playoff to Rory McIlroy and that's a great sign for his future. Not only did he make it to the playoff, but he did it against the best players in the world on a very tough track. The future is bright for Chappell, but as is often the case with young guys who make over $4 million in one season, he's simply not a good salary cap option this season. In draft leagues he'll go very late in the first round or early in the 2nd-round.
Chappell was the definition of a grinder during the 2014 season. 28 starts, 22 cuts made, nine top-25s, but only one top-10. It's kind of amazing that a guy can earn over $1.3 million and finish inside the top-100 on the money list with only one top-10. Chappell's career hasn't looked much like his 2014 season though. In 2013 he had three top-10s and a runner-up finish at the Memorial. Chappell shouldn't have a hard time improving on his 2014 earnings number, but a significant improvement might be asking too much. In draft leagues Chappell should go around the 9th round.
Chappell started slowly in 2013 missing more cuts than he made through the end of April, but a runner-up finish at the Memorial in June kick-started his season. After that finish, Chappell missed only one cut the rest of the season and he picked up where he left off last season with three made cuts in three starts during the 2013-2014 season. Chappell has the potential to take a step up this year, but he's a little pricey at this spot. In draft leagues he should go in the 50-60 range.
Chappell posted just one top-10 last year but picked the right spot to do it - at the U.S. Open. That check of more than $160K was by far his largest of the season and helped him just creep into the top 125. After a strong rookie season in 2011, Chappell's 2012 was a disappointment as his earnings were cut in half. He does have some upside, though, as he proved in 2011 and at his price, he's not a bad gamble. In draft leagues, Chappell should go in the 10th round or later.
The main goal for any PGA Tour rookie is earning his card for the following year. Sure, certain players might have loftier goals, but in the end, the most important thing is ensuring one's continued play on the PGA Tour. Chappell wasted little time in accomplishing his goal last season as he earned a runner-up finish at the Valero Texas Open in April, which netted him more than $500K. From there he needed only another Top-10 or two to get safely inside the Top-125. Chappell, though, had other things in mind. Two months after his showing in Texas, he tied for third-place at the U.S. Open. To add icing to the cake, he posted another third-place finish in his final event of the season. Chappell appears headed in the right direction, and his finish at the U.S. Open last year earned him a spot in this year's field, something that not many sophomores get.
Chappell was one of the more consistent players on the Nationwide Tour last season. In addition to one victory, he also earned a runner-up, a third-place finish and seven top-10s in 24 starts. In all, 10 top-25s in 24 starts. That kind of consistency will serve him well on the PGA TOUR this year.
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Strong finish after rough first round
October 23, 2018
Chappell carded a stellar round of seven-under 65 on Sunday to jump into a tie for 29th place at the CJ Cup.
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Jumps into top-10 with stellar final round
October 14, 2018
Chappell dropped a seven-under 65 in the final round of the CIMB Classic to move into a tie for 10th place.
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T39 at WGC-Bridgestone
August 7, 2018
Chappell shot rounds of 71-72-68-70 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to finish in a tie for 39th place.
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T6 finish at Carnoustie
July 23, 2018
Chappell shot a two-over 73 in the final round of the Open Championship to finish in a tie for sixth place.
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T30 result at Greenbrier Classic
July 9, 2018
Chappell carded an even-par 70 on Sunday at the Greenbrier Classic to finish in a tie for 30th place.
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