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Chappell finishes strong to grab Texas Open lead

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Los Angeles (AFP)

American Kevin Chappell, whose first PGA title came at last year's Tour Championship, birdied three of the last five holes for one-stroke lead after Saturday's third round of the Texas Open.

Chappell fired a one-under par 71 in windy conditions to stand on eight-under 208 after 54 holes at San Antonio, one stroke ahead of compatriot John Huh and South African Branden Grace.

American Ryan Palmer fired a 68, the day's low round, to jump from a share of 36th to level fourth in a pack of seven on 210 that included Scotsman Martin Laird, Australian Cameron Smith and Sweden's Carl Pettersson.

Chappell put approaches at the par-5 14th and par-4 17th inches from the cup to set up birdies and sank a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-3 16th to seize the lead.

That followed a roller coaster front nine for Chappell, who started bogey-birdie and did the same on the fourth and fifth holes ahead of a double bogey at the par-4 sixth and then closed the front side birdie-bogey.

It was only the fifth round this season in which no player managed a bogey-free day. Only 14 of 76 players to make the cut broke par.

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