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Jerry Kelly

  • Birthplace: Madison, WI
  • Residence: Madison, WI
  • Birth Date: November 23, 1966
  • height: 5-11
  • Turned Pro: 1989

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PGA TOUR Victories

(3) 2002,Sony Open in Hawaii, Advil Western Open. 2009,Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$2,149,417 (19)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

1-- Zurich Classic of New Orleans. 3-- U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. T5-- RBC Canadian Open. T6-- Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun. T9-- Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular.

PGA TOUR Best Round

64 at Round 2, John Deere Classic.

PGA TOUR Highlights

First top-10 was a T9 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic, aided by rounds of 66-68 on the weekend...Second top-10 was a T9 at the Puerto Rico Open...Rallied during the final round to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans for his third career PGA TOUR title. Beginning the final round with a three-stroke lead, offset bogeys on No. 8 and No. 10 with birdies on Nos. 5, 11 and 14 for a 1-under 71 in the final round. Finished at 14-under-par 274, one stroke ahead of Charles Howell III, Charlie Wi and Rory Sabbatini. It was his first TOUR title since he won twice in 2002 - exactly 200 starts prior...Playing in homestate of Wisconsin, rallied with rounds of 66-65 on the weekend to finish third at the U.S. Bank Championship, one shot out of Bo Van Pelt-John Mallinger playoff won by Van Pelt. Early in the 2009 season, despite potential opportunity to play British Open, vowed to support Milwaukee event, and finished in the top-3 for the second consecutive Milwaukee start (second, 2006).

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Sony Open in Hawaii, Advil Western Open, Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

2008 Season Highlights

Notched a pair of runner-up finishes to secure a ninth consecutive season in the top 60 of the money list...Began the season in Hawaii with consecutive 67s at the Sony Open in Hawaii to claim solo third. The 2002 Sony Open in Hawaii champion also claimed top-five finishes at the event in 2003 and 2004...Recorded his second top-five finish of the season with a T2 at the inaugural Puerto Rico Open, where he fell one stroke shy of winner Greg Kraft. Final-round 70 featured two birdies and 16 pars...Collected his second runner-up finish of the season with at T2 at the Memorial Tournament, two behind winner Kenny Perry. Has posted two top-10s in 12 starts at the Muirfield Village Golf Club...Claimed his third top-10 Wyndham Championship finish in the last four years with a T9 at Sedgefield Country Club with four rounds in the 60s.

Career Highlights

2007: Competed in the first three events of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup before missing a spot in THE TOUR Championship by two spots on the points list (No. 32). Recorded seven top-10 finishes, two of which came at major championships (Masters, U.S. Open)...At the Masters, posted a T5 finish for his best showing at a major, his fifth made cut in five starts at Augusta...Recorded a fourth consecutive top-10 finish came with a final-round 64 to finish T3 at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship. His previous best string of consecutive top-10 finishes was three, coming in spring 2003...Finished T7 at the U.S. Open, five strokes behind champion Angel Cabrera. One of just five players to record top-10s in first two majors of the year. 2006: Finished in the top 40 (No. 39) on the TOUR money list for the fifth time in last six years in a year that included two second-place finishes...Recorded his best finish on TOUR since his two wins in 2002 with a runner-up finish at the Chrysler Classic of Tucson, one behind Kirk Triplett...With four rounds in the 60s, was runner-up to Corey Pavin in home state at the U.S. Bank Championship. Entered final round two strokes behind Pavin, but was unable to make up any ground as Pavin matched his 3-under-par 67. 2005: Finished 58th on the money list, lowest showing since finishing 59th in 2000...Former University of Hartford golfer returned to area for Buick Championship, finishing T4 with four rounds in the 60s for his best showing of the season, two shots out of Brad Faxon-Tjaart van der Walt playoff. 2004: Finished in the top 30 and made more than $2 million for the third straight season...Did not post a win but matched his career high in top-10s (2003) with eight...Best finish came at the season-ending TOUR Championship, where he closed with a 5-under 65 to finish solo third, five strokes behind winner Retief Goosen...Saw streak of 27 straight made cuts come to an end when he missed the cut at the PGA Championship...Contemplated off-season left shoulder surgery (AC joint) but decided to try rehab instead. 2003: Earned a career-best 10 top-10s...Tied the TOUR record for consecutive birdies with eight (Nos. 7-14) in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational at TPC Summerlin...Earned spot on the U.S. Presidents Cup team. 2002: Finished top 10 on the money list for the first time in his career...Earned first career victory in 200th career TOUR start at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Shared first-round lead and held third-round lead outright on way to defeating John Cook by one stroke...Second TOUR victory came just 18 events after the first at the Advil Western Open.Four rounds in the 60s, including a final-round 65, gave him the come-from-behind win. Kelly began the day three strokes back of third-round leader Robert Allenby and finished two strokes ahead of runner-up Davis Love III. 2001: Made more than $1 million in a season for the first time in his career, $1,491,607 (35th). For sixth consecutive year, played in 30-plus events...Led THE PLAYERS Championship through the second and third rounds. Closing 73 dropped him to fourth, four strokes behind Tiger Woods...Held one-stroke third-round lead in Reno-Tahoe Open but closed with 71 and lost by one stroke to John Cook's final-round 64. 2000: Finished 59th on the TOUR money list with $784,754. Ranking equaled previous career best when he won $336,748 in 1996. 1999: Made cut in 22 of 34 events...Finished third at Greater Milwaukee Open after holding 54-hole lead. Final-round 71 dropped to solo third, four strokes behind Carlos Franco. 1996: Madison, WI native nearly captured first TOUR title in front of home-state fans. Trailed by three strokes entering final round of Greater Milwaukee Open. Shot closing 64 to catch Loren Roberts and force playoff after each shot tournament-record 265. Roberts birdied first extra hole for victory. Finished rookie season 59th on money list. 1995: Named Nationwide Tour Player of the Year. Was leading money-winner with $188,878. Won Alabama Classic and Buffalo Open. 1992: Won 1992 Wisconsin State Open.

Personal

University of Wisconsin volunteer assistant golf coach. Wife Carol's brother, Jim Schuman, played on Nationwide Tour from 1990-93 and is the Badgers' head coach and Kelly's instructor...All-city hockey selection in high school...University of Hartford golf teammates included TOUR members Tim Petrovic and Patrick Sheehan. Received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the school in June 2009...Visited troops in the Persian Gulf for Thanksgiving 2006 on a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour with TOUR members Corey Pavin, Donnie Hammond, Frank Lickliter II and Howard Twitty.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

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National Teams

The Presidents Cup (1), 2003.

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