Valero Texas Open: A look ahead to Sunday

Chappell grabbed a one shot lead Saturday heading into the final round of the Valero Texas Open.

The notorious Texas winds are living up to their reputation this week at the Valero Texas Open.

Scores have been held in check this week with steady breezes around 20 mph, which has made the greens firm and fairways hard to find.

Kevin Chappell climbed into a one-shot lead Saturday at 8 under after shooting a 1-under 71 in Round 3. There are nine players two shots behind him on the leaderboard, so Sunday could be an entertaining day in San Antonio.

Here are the top contenders heading into Sunday's final round:

Kevin Chappell (-8) — Arguably the best player on Tour without a win. Chappell has six runner-up finishes on the PGA Tour, including here in 2011. He's known as a "tough-track" player that displays his best form in the biggest events. This is certainly a tough course, which means Chappell has a great chance to capture his first Tour win this weekend.

Branden Grace (-7) — Currently ranked 21st in the world, Grace is an excellent wind player because of his low ball flight. He has won four times worldwide since the start of 2015. If he can continue sinking putts, he could add his second PGA Tour win Sunday.

Ryan Palmer (-6) — Palmer has been a consistent presence on the leaderboard here in recent years, but he's still searching for his first Texas Open win. After firing back-to-back 4-under 68s, he could be considered the favorite heading into the final round.

Tony Finau (-6) — Finau sputtered a bit in Round 3 after shooting up the leaderboard Friday. His distance allows him to play the course more aggressively than others, but he has to make more putts Sunday if he's going to challenge the leaders. A couple early birdies could go a long way for his confidence the rest of the round.

Others in contention:

John Huh (-7)

Martin Laird (-6)

Bud Cauley (-6)

Cameron Smith (-6)

Brooks Koepka (-4)

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