At 9-under-par 69-66=135, Kevin Chappell was the first to establish the 36-hole clubhouse lead at THE PLAYERS.
Chappell has hit just 23 greens in regulation, but he's filled up the cup with an eagle and 12 birdies to offset five bogeys. He's played the par-5 11th hole in 3-under with a birdie from 20'9" on Thursday and an eagle conversion measuring just 10'10" today. Three other birdies found the cup from beyond 13 feet, and he poured in a par save from 12'8" at No. 5 in the second round. Four of Chappell's five paydays this year have gone for a top 25 -- three were top 15s -- so he's quite comfortable contending.