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Jerry Kelly

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (49) / 11/23/1966
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 165

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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. Sep 2 - 1:09 PM

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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.
Aug 7 - 5:14 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.
Aug 5 - 12:10 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.
Aug 4 - 5:03 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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 3 - 2:04 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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 20 - 8:25 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.
May 13 - 7:30 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.
May 12 - 7:08 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.
Apr 21 - 7:01 PM

Jerry Kelly crafted a 2-under-par 34-35=69 during the second round of the RBC Heritage, reaching the midpoint at 3-under 139.

The Wisconsin native got the flat stick working early and often today. He opened with a 10'4" roll to save par at the par-4 first hole. He added two more from outside 10 feet before making the turn at 2-under. He cruised home on the back nine, needing just one putt made from outside 5'4", coming in the form of a 6'7" birdie at the par-5 15th hole. Overall he gained 2.068 strokes putting as he walked off the 18th green. Kelly and Harbour Town Golf Links make a great pairing, evidenced by the finishes of T31 or better in each of the past four editions.
Apr 15 - 12:33 PM

Jerry Kelly makes his annual pilgrimage to Harbour Town Golf Links for a 19th appearance at this week's RBC Heritage.

The veteran from Wisconsin has buckets full of experience here at the Heritage and it's starting to show. He's finished T36 or better in each of the last five editions. That was following a 6-for-12 record to start his career here. On the season, Kelly is 8-for-1 but owns just two top 25s, which explains his low FedExCup ranking of 118th. This week's 7,099 yard layout provides a good opportunity for Kelly to pick up a good chunk of FEC points.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Apr 12 - 8:31 AM

Jerry Kelly smoothed a 7-under-par 32-33=65 in the final round of the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach to post 6-under 282, up 37 places on the live leaderboard to T25 and the low lap thus far in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With play completed, Kelly's 65 was the low round of the day.

This is Kelly's eighth PR Open with a best of T2 in the inaugural edition in 2008. He made the cut on the number after opening in 74-69 and began the finale on T62 after a 2-over 74 in R3. The 49-year-old finished up with a six-birdie one-bogey one-eagle 65 for the second-best lap of the week (Rafael Campos: 64/R1). He split 11 (of 14) fairways, hit 12 greens in regulation and posted 1.500 putts per GIR, aided by chip-in birdies at the par-4 third and the par-3 11th, as well as a pitch-in eagle-3 at the par-5 18th. The Wisconsinite's lone bogey was a failed scramble at the par-3 16th.
Mar 27 - 11:59 AM

Jerry Kelly smothered the fairways in route to a second round, 2-under-par 34-35=69 to reach the midpoint just two strokes off the lead at 3-under 139.

Kelly striped 12 (of 13) fairways in today's round to reach 22 on the week, ranking first in the field. Playing from such great position all day, it was hard to go anywhere but up. That's exactly what he did after making the turn at even-par 35. Turning his attention to the easiest hole on the course, Kelly reached the green in two on the par-5 first, and rolled in a 4'10" eagle splash. That makes him the only golfer in the field with two eagles on the week so far. Gamers should not expect the eagles to keep dropping at a rate of one per round, but Copperhead is exactly the kind of course that Kelly can take advantage of with his fairways and greens mentality.
Mar 11 - 6:06 PM

Jerry Kelly sizes up the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort ahead of this week's Valspar Championship.

The PGA TOUR veteran enters the week ranked 121st in the FedExCup race thanks to a 6-for-7 start to the season. He's posted just one finish inside the top 30 thus far, but he'll be licking his chops as he preps for this week's position-off-the-tee style of golf. Kelly owns seven top 30s in 13 attempts at this event, and makes for a nice sleeper in DFS formats this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 9 - 5:26 PM

Overnight quad-leader Jerry Kelly stalled out on the Nicklaus Tournament Course with a 2-under-par 35-35=70, down 14 spots on the day to a four-way T15 on 10-under 134, five adrift of 36-hole leader Jason Dufner.

Kelly's 8-under 64 on day one on the La Quinta CC track was his lowest opening-round score since 63 at the 2007 RBC Heritage. He's also not lead/co-lead after 18 holes since 2007 as well, and just two times overall prior to today in 588 career TOUR starts. The 49-year-old, who turns 50 in November (23rd), began day two off No. 10 tee and outpaced bogey-6 at 15 with birdies at 12 and 14 to reach the break at 1-under. He opened his inward nine with eight straight pars but ended on a high note with birdie at the par-4 ninth. After five birdies and two eagle-3s on 14 greens in regulation in round one, the Wisconsinite landed only 10 greens in R2. He now heads to the TPC Stadium Course, which has statistically played the hardest of the three courses thus far.
Jan 22 - 7:38 PM