Of the 74 players who made the cut at the Barclays, there would have been a healthy group of solid, sensible candidates to go out in the third round, set a course record with a 9-under-par 62, and jump into contention at the first of four PGA Tour playoff events.
Kevin Chappell wouldn’t have been in that group.
Chappell has had twice as many scores in the 70s than he has in the 60s since early July, and hasn’t finished better than 68th in his last three tournaments, or better than 28th in his past six.
Yet there was Chappell, a 27-year-old Californian in his third season on the PGA Tour, ripping off eight birdies in his final 12 holes Saturday. His bogey-free 62 established a new course record at Liberty National Golf Club, and left him alone in third, one shot behind co-leaders Matt Kuchar (70) and Gary Woodland (68). Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.