Published: Aug 31, 2011 4:09 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 01, 2011 6:30 AM EDT

NORTON, Mass. (AP) - Kevin Chappell felt a deep sense of appreciation when he arrived at the TPC Boston for the second FedEx Cup playoff event.

He is among 10 rookies on the PGA Tour who are still hopeful of getting to the Tour Championship for a shot at the $10 million prize. A tie for third at the U.S. Open assured him of his first trip to the Masters next year, and a return to the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club, a short drive from his hometown of Fresno, Calif.

Only his feelings had nothing to do with his playoff performance, or anything else about his game.

Hurricane Irene altered his travel plans, and he showed up at the Deutsche Bank Championship earlier than expected.