Name:Jerome Patrick "Jerry" Kelly
Born:Nov 23, 1966 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Senior MAJORS (1): Snr Players Championship (2020). Presidents Cup player (2003). Total PGA Tour wins (3), and multiple PGA Champions Tour wins.
Kelly's best year on the PGA Tour was 2002, when he finished fourth on the money list and won two tournaments. He has enjoyed considerable success on the PGA Champions Tour, recording his first major championship win in the Senior Players Championship in 2020.
The Bridgestone Senior Players Championship (38th) (Aug 13-16; postponed from July 9-12 due to world coronavirus pandemic). Second-placed Scott Parel (USA) finished 1 shot behind 53-year-old Jerry Kelly (USA), who recorded his first major championship win. Kelly seized control in the final round with a hole-in-one at the par-3 12th. [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
Played as the SAS Championship (Oct 11-13). Second-placed David McKenzie (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Jerry Kelly (USA), who shot a 65 (-7) final round to clinch his third PGA Tour Champions win of 2019. [Highlands & Meadows hybrid course, Prestonwood CC, Cary, NC].
Played as the American Family Insurance Championship (June 21-23). Jerry Kelly (USA) beat Retief Goosen (RSA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole (par-4 15th). Steve Stricker (USA) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. [University Ridge GC, Madison, Wisconsin].
Played as the Ally Challenge (Sep 13-15). Second-placed Woody Austin (USA) finished 2 shots behind Jerry Kelly (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour Champions win of 2019. [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].
Played as the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai (Jan 18-20; PGA Tour Champions official season-opener). Second-placed Colin Montgomerie (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Jerry Kelly (USA). [Hualālai course, Hualālai Resort, Big Island, Hawaii].
Played as the Boeing Classic (Aug 25-27). Second-placed Jerry Smith (USA) finished 1 shot behind wire-to-wire winner Jerry Kelly (USA), who recorded his first PGA Tour Champions win in his 13th start on the Tour. [Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, nr Seattle, Washington].
Played as the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship (Sept 15-17). Second-placed Lee Janzen (USA) finished 1 shot behind Kelly (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour Champions win in four weeks. [Mountain course, Bear Mtn Resort, Victoria, BC, Canada].
PGA Tr Chmpns
Kelly (USA) won the PGA Tour Champions 2017 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player, based on the votes of his peers. Kelly finished sixth on the Tour's money list, with earnings of $1,461,077.
Played as the Shark Shootout (Dec 11-13; played over three rounds: 1-alternate shot; 2-better ball; 3-scramble). Second-placed teams of JB Holmes (USA) & Kenny Perry (USA), Chad Campbell (USA) & Tim Clark (RSA) and Justin Leonard (USA) & Scott Verplank (USA) finished 1 shot behind winning team of Steve Stricker (USA) & Jerry Kelly (USA). [Gold course, Tiburon GC, Naples, FL].
Played as the Zurich Classic of New Orleans (April 23-26). Second-placed Rory Sabbatini (RSA), Charlie Wi (S Kor) and Charles Howell III (USA) finished 1 shot behind Jerry Kelly (USA). This was Kelly's first win for seven years, and the last of his three PGA Tour wins. [TPC Louisiana, Avondale, nr New Orleans, LA].
Played as the Merrill Lynch Shootout (Nov 10-12; played over three rounds: 1-alternate shot; 2-better ball; 3-scramble). Winning team of Jerry Kelly (USA) & Rod Pampling (Aus) beat Justin Leonard (USA) & Scott Verplank (USA) at the first playoff hole. [Gold course, Tiburon GC, Naples, FL].
Played as the Advil Western Open (July 4-7). Second-placed Davis Love III (USA) finished 2 shots behind Jerry Kelly (USA), who recorded the second of his three PGA Tour wins. [No.4 Dubsdread course, Cog Hill G&CC, Lemont, nr Chicago, IL].
Played as the Sony Open in Hawaii (Jan 10-13). Second-placed John Cook (USA) finished 1 shot behind 35-year-old Jerry Kelly (USA), who recorded the first of his three PGA Tour wins. [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
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