Kevin Chappell was deep into his third round at Pebble Beach last Saturday, heading for a missed cut, when he turned on his phone to check for flights out and got awful news in a text.
Chris Roth, the caddie for Chappell's former UCLA teammate Patrick Cantlay, had been killed in a hit-and-run accident in Newport Beach early Saturday morning. Chappell and Roth had become friends over many a practice round.
"The golf world lost a good human," Chappell said Saturday afternoon at Riviera Country Club. "Life always seems to bring perspective when I'm most caught up in my game."