ATLANTA — The bee sting hurt. Of course it did. But as Kevin Chappell shook his left hand in pain as he walked off the tee on the 11th hole at East Lake Golf Club Friday, he did his best to be pragmatic.
“There wasn’t a stinger sticking out and I knew I wasn’t allergic because it happened to me a few years ago in Boston, too,” he said afterward. “But it really, really hurt.”
He shook his head. “It felt like my caddie had lit me on fire or something.”
Chappell made bogey on that hole but overcame the hiccup — as well as a bit of swelling in his wrist — to shoot a two-under-par 68 during the second round of the Tour Championship and position himself at six under for the tournament, one shot behind the leader, Dustin Johnson.
After the top two players, there is a sizable falloff to third place, which is held by Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matsuyama at three under. This limited-field…