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Jerry Kelly

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (51) / 11/23/1966
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165

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Past champ Jerry Kelly returns to the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and pairs up again with Steve Stricker, heading out at 7:26 AM local time in Round 1. UPDATE: Kelly/Stricker missed the cut by two shots on 3-under 141 (67-74).
The Wisconsinites were a successful duo in last year's inaugural (team) edition, finishing T14 on 17-under 271. Kelly, a winner here in 2009, is making his third start of the season, first since a T14 at the Sony in January. Both players, now 51 years of age, are playing primarily on the senior circuit this season, and both are tearing it up. Kelly is 2nd in the Charles Schwab standings with four top 10s in seven events, including a win and runner-up. Stricker, leading the standings, has four top 10s in four events with a runner-up and two wins. Stricker also won the QBE Shootout (Naples) back in December teamed with Sean O'Hair. Apr 25 - 9:04 PM

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Past champion Jerry Kelly pieced together a 3-under-par 32-35=67 during round two of the Sony Open in Hawaii, reaching 7-under 133 at the midpoint, six off the torrid pace set by Brian Harman. UPDATE: Kelly finished T14 on 12-under 268 (66-67-69-66).

The 51-year-old has striped 20 (of 28) fairways through two days of play (T9 in the field). From there, he's managed a very respectable 28 GIRs and failed on just one of his eight scrambling attempts. Kelly entered the week with nine top 10s in 20 starts at Waialae Country Club and it's more of the same for the aging fairways-and-greens specialist. Spending most of his time on the PGA TOUR Champions circuit now, this is his first PGA TOUR appearance since a missed cut at last year's PLAYERS. He arrived with five straight missed on the big tour, but he's enjoying his time this week at a very comfortable venue.
Jan 12 - 6:10 PM

Past champ and PGA TOUR Champions member Jerry Kelly plays his 21st Sony Open in Hawaii on a sponsor exemption and is making his first PGA TOUR start since a missed cut at the 2017 PLAYERS last May.

The 51-year-old is making his 20th consecutive appearance on Oahu and is second in all-time earnings at the event ($2.67M). He missed the cut last year by one (70-68), one of just four MCs, where otherwise he has 12 top-25 finishes, including nine top 10s. The Wisconsinite won his first (of three) TOUR titles here in 2002 and also has four other top 5s, most recently solo 3rd in 2014, followed by T6/2015 and T9/2016. In 2017, he turned the majority of his attention to his first season on the senior circuit, posting 10 top 10s in 20 starts, highlighted by a solo 2nd and two wins, one each in August and September.
Jan 10 - 1:45 PM

Jerry Kelly and fellow Wisconsinite Steve Stricker cruised to a 4-under-par 32-36=68 during round one of the Zurich Classic, positioning themselves just two strokes off the early co-leaders.

Playing alternate shot today, this duo kept themselves in position by splitting 12 (of 14) fairways. That helped them set up plenty of easy looks at birdie, including four converted birdie splashes from inside nine feet before even making the turn. They swallowed two bogeys on the day, one stinging a bit more as Kelly missed from inside four feet at the par-3 17th. Despite the late blemish, this team with a combined age of 100 is just two strokes off the early pacesetters.
Thu, Apr 27, 2017 06:53:00 PM

Past champ and World No. 121 makes final preparations for his 18th consecutive Sony Open in Hawaii.

The Wisconsinite began his love affair with Waialae CC with a missed cut in 1996 and has played in every edition since 1999. His 1-shot win in 2002 -- his first of three TOUR titles -- is among 12 top 25s, nine of which are top 10s, including the last three straight (T9/2016, T6/2015, 3rd/2014). The recently minted 50-year-old's scoring average at the par-70 layout is 68.40 in 67 career rounds. He's 1-for-2 so far this season with a T35 at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms and a MC (by one) at the OHL Classic (72-69). Kelly's most recent win on TOUR came at the 2009 Zurich Classic.
Wed, Jan 11, 2017 03:58:00 PM

Jerry Kelly descends on Playa Del Carmen, México, for this week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

The 49-year-old is eligible for the senior circuit in 14 days (Nov. 23rd). He's a steady 7-for-8 at the OHL with two top 25s, both doubling as top 10s, and a best of solo 5th in 2015. In 30 career rounds at the par-71 El Camaleón Golf Club, the Wisconsinite's scoring average is 69.47 with the last eight at par or better. After finishing 72nd in the FedExCup standings last season, which ended with a missed cut at the Deutsche Bank, he kicked off 2016-17 with T35 two weeks ago at the Sanderson Farms (68-72-72-70).
Wed, Nov 9, 2016 02:45:00 PM

Jerry Kelly kicked off his week at the Deutsche Bank Championship with a 3-under-par 35-33=68 to throw his name into the mix early in the week.

Kelly arrived at TPC Boston just nine spots inside the BMW Championship bubble, with no room for error this week. So far, so good, as he split 10 (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation. That ball-striking performance kept things stress-free with the flat stick although he did roll in two birdie putts from 8-to-11 feet. Currently ranked third on TOUR in driving accuracy, he should continue to put himself in great position off the tee this week. Making his ninth appearance at this event, the 49-year-old is looking to add a fourth top 15 to his resume.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 01:09:00 PM

Jerry Kelly painted a 6-under-par 32-32=64 in the final round of the Travelers Championship to post 13-under 267, up nine places to solo second and good for the 72-hole clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Kelly finished in solo second, one back of champion Russell Knox, his seventh runner-up finish in 603 career starts, first since the 2008 Memorial .

The 49-year-old was making his 19th appearance with previous-best finishes of T7 in 2001 and T4 in 2005. He's missed eight cuts, including last year (by four) after rounds of 75-67. The University of Hartford alum opened with 64, co-leading after Day 1 with two others, adding 70-69 to begin the finale on 7-under (T11), eight back of 54-hole leader Daniel Berger. He peppered 13 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.600 putts per GIR. The Wisconsinite squared a lone bogey-5 at the 14th (failed sand save) but camouflaged it with five birdies and a hole-out eagle at the par-4 12th from 113 yards away. He's a three-time winner on TOUR in 602 career events but not since the 2009 Zurich Classic. Kelly's lone top 10 this season in 18 starts entering the week was T9 at the Sony Open.
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 05:14:00 PM

Overnight co-leader Jerry Kelly teeter-tottered his way to an even-par 34-36=70 during the second round of the Travelers Championship, maintaining a position inside the top 10 at 6-under 134.

The 49-year-old could not keep up with the torrid pace set on Thursday. He split the same number of fairways (11) but hit three fewer greens and gained 3.277 fewer strokes with the putter (3.838 vs 0.561). It's surprising to see the low round come during tougher p.m. conditions on day one, but Kelly still has to be very pleased at his current position of T2 on the live leaderboard. The University of Hartford product is 138th in the FedExCup race, so every shot counts this week as he fights for TOUR status and Playoff eligibility.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 12:10:00 PM

Jerry Kelly dialed in his putter from long distance en route to a 6-under-par 33-31=64 during round one of the Travelers Championship, joining Andrew Loupe and Vaughn Taylor as early co-leaders.

The University of Hartford product arrived outside the FedExCup bubble (138th) but he's looking to make a big move this week on a familiar track. Kelly is making his 19th start at TPC River Highlands and his familiarity with the green complexes showed early and often today. The highlight came at the driveable par-4 15th hole where he landed the green and bombed in a 45'7" eagle putt. That was one (of five) putts converted from outside 12 feet, including another notable 34'9" splash at the par-3 fifth. Kelly gained 3.78 strokes putting on the round, which is sometimes the name of the game on a short layout like TPC River Highlands. Playing his 57th round at the course, this goes in the books as his new career low, previously posting 65s on two occasions. The putter will surely regress throughout the week, but Kelly is now in great position to secure his fourth top 25 of the season.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 05:03:00 PM

University of Hartford's Jerry Kelly makes his annual trek to TPC River Highlands for this week's Travelers Championship.

The 49-year-old is 10-for-18 at the Travelers, but it took him a while to figure out the venue, missing the cut in his first four trips. Since then he's posted four top 15s in 14 tries, but none since 2007. On the season he is 12-for-18 to position himself in 138th place on the FedExCup leaderboard. Kelly has cracked the field at the Barclays all nine years since the inaugural FEC Playoffs, but that is in danger if he doesn't close out the season strong. Attending school just 15 miles from TPC River Highlands, Kelly is very familiar with the area this week and TPC River Highlands is a course that doesn't require distance which is great since the Wisconsin native ranks 186th on TOUR in driving distance.
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 02:04:00 PM

Three-time TOUR winner Jerry Kelly is slumping ahead of this week's RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club.

The 49-year-old has two top 10s north-of-the-border in 12 tries, with one of those a T5 in 2009 at Glen Abbey. He didn't play the 2013 edition at the par-72 layout and missed the cut last year by 10 after rounds of 73-77. The Wisconsin native and resident has made the FedExCup Playoffs every year since their inception in 2007, but arrives 142nd in the standings and has missed five of his last six cuts, including his last four consecutive. His only top 10 this season in 17 starts is T9 at the Sony, site of his maiden TOUR title in 2002. Kelly's last win was at the 2009 Zurich Classic.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 08:25:00 PM

Jerry Kelly crafted a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in the second round of THE PLAYERS to post 9-under 135, up seven on the live leaderboard to T6.

The 49-year-old recorded his first (and lone) blemish thru two laps with a 3-putt from 47'3" at the par-4 14th. He erased it with birdies at Nos. 1, 2, 4, 12 and 16, two of which dropped from between 10 and 15 feet. Kelly peppered 16 greens in regulation for a second straight round, currently T3 in that stat, and is fourth in strokes gained: tee-to-green at 7.717, including 2.854 in R2. However, he's 89th in strokes gained: putting at last check (-0.687), but the majority of that damage came on day 1 (-0.849). The Wisconsinite is also T1 in driving accuracy at 85.71 percent (24/28), landing 12 in each round.
Fri, May 13, 2016 07:30:00 PM

Jerry Kelly kicked off his week at THE PLAYERS with a bogey-free, 5-under-par 33-34=67, currently four strokes off the pace set by Jason Day.

The PGA TOUR veteran split 12 (of 14) fairways and landed 16 greens in regulation, exactly the kind of ball-striking we've come to expect from Kelly. Unfortunately, his flat stick did not come along for the ride. All five of his birdies rolls came on putts from inside five feet and his longest par putt of the day was a six-footer at the par-3 third hole. It's hard to complain about a bogey-free opening round, but Kelly likely feels like he left a few strokes out there today.
Thu, May 12, 2016 07:08:00 PM

Jerry Kelly opened his week at the Valero Texas Open with a 3-under-par 33-36=69, currently three strokes off the pace set by Charley Hoffman.

The Wisconsin native played the exact style of golf we've come to expect from him, striping 12 (of 14) fairways and landing 14 greens in regulation. Fairways and greens is always his approach but great putting rounds produce results like today. On the round he splashed home three putts from outside 15 feet, including a 21'11" bogey-saver at the par-4 10th hole to avoid disaster. He walked off the course having gained 2.055 strokes with the flat stick. Kelly has alternated top 20s with missed cuts over his last four Valero appearances and may continue that trend this week.
Thu, Apr 21, 2016 07:01:00 PM