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Kevin Chappell won his first PGA TOUR title Sunday at the Valero Texas Open, holding off a surging Brooks Koepka with a birdie on the 72nd hole. After laying up on the par-5 finisher, Chappell wedged it to 8 feet, made the putt and launched into an emotional celebration. Full scores

The win was a long time coming for Chappell, who was a star at UCLA, winning a Haskins Award (given to the nation’s best player). Since earning his Tour card, he’s racked up 19 top 10’s in six seasons, but been unable to breakthrough for a win. Many considered Chappell to be the best player on Tour without a victory and with his first he moves to No. 23 in the world, his highest position ever.

Brooks is back

After a sluggish start to the season, Brooks Koepka seems to finding his stride. Koepka made eight birdies on Sunday en route to a tournament-best 65 and a runner-up finish. Koepka now has three top-11 finishes in as many events. He’ll now head to next week’s Zurich Classic, where he’ll team up with his younger brother Chase, who plays on the European Challenge Tour.

Like father, like son

It was a big week for PGA Tour rookie Kevin Tway, who notched his best finish of his young career, finishing the week at 9 under and sharing third place with Tony Finau. The finish was huge for Tway, who will launch up the priority list and guarantee himself more starts for the rest of the season.

Feelin’ the Bernd

Bernd Wiesberger held on to win the Shenzhen International, but it wasn’t easy. Tommy Fleetwood fired a final-round 63 to come from eight shots back and tie Wiesberger, forcing a playoff. Fleetwood’s comeback bid was finally squashed when Wiesberger birdied the first playoff hole. The win was a long-time coming for the big Austrian, who hadn’t missed a cut since last year’s PGA Championship. Wiesberger has notched seven top-five finishes during the stretch. Meanwhile, Fleetwood’s Sunday flurry and runner-up finish continues to solidify him as one of Europe’s and golf’s brightest young players at age 26. Fleetwood will move inside the top 30 of the world rankings and now has three runner-up finishes and a win in 2017.

Championship season commences

The final sprint to college golf’s national championship is under way – conference championships kicked off this weekend.

Duke was able to capture the ACC Championship shooting 14 under to win by 12 shots over Clemson and finishing 17 better than Wake Forest. The Blue Devils saw four of their five players finish in the top ten of the 60 player field.  Taking home the individual crown was Virginia star Jimmy Stanger who shot rounds of 70-70-71.

Playing at Sea Island, Vanderbilt took home the stroke play portion of the SEC Championship. The third ranked Commodores beat out the elite field, which included 15th-ranked Texas A&M (runner-up). Seventh-ranked LSU took third, while sixth-ranked Florida finished fourth. On the individual side, Florida’s Alejandro Tosti continued his spectacular season, winning the crown after downing Vandy’s Patrick Martin on the second playoff hole.

The top eight teams advanced to match play and after 36 holes of matches, Vanderbilt will square off against Texas A&M today for the title. Follow live scoring here.

The two top teams in the midwest, Illinois and Kent State, squared off at the Robert Kepler Invitational this weekend. The Illini entered the final round one shot back of the Golden Flashes but used a stellar even-par final round to win by ten shots at the tough Ohio State Scarlet Course. The Illini were paced by surefire All-American and Player of the Year candidate Dylan Meyer who won by five shots to capture his second consecutive individual title.

Quick hooks

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