Jerry Kelly

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Jerry Kelly
Personal information
Full nameJerome Patrick Kelly
Born (1966-11-23) November 23, 1966 (age 53)
Madison, Wisconsin
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceMadison, Wisconsin
SpouseCarol Kelly
CollegeUniversity of Hartford
Turned professional1989
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
PGA Tour Champions
Professional wins14
Highest ranking18 (March 2, 2003)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour3
Korn Ferry Tour2
PGA Tour Champions7
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT5: 2007
PGA ChampionshipT26: 1999, 2011
U.S. OpenT7: 2007
The Open ChampionshipT26: 2006
Achievements and awards
Nike Tour
leading money winner
Nike Tour
Player of the Year

Jerome Patrick Kelly (born November 23, 1966) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions.

Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Kelly graduated from the University of Hartford in 1989 and turned professional later that year,[2] but didn't make it onto the PGA Tour until 1996. This followed a successful 1995 season on the second tier Nike Tour, when he won two tournaments. His best career year to date is 2002, when he finished fourth on the PGA Tour money list and won the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Hawaii and Advil Western Open.

Kelly won the 2009 Zurich Classic of New Orleans with a two-foot par putt on the final hole, beating three players by one stroke (Charlie Wi, Rory Sabbatini, and Charles Howell III). It had been seven years since his last win.[3]

Kelly's highest Official World Golf Ranking was 18th in 2003.

Kelly was an all-city ice hockey selection in high school while playing for Madison East and he has said that his hockey background may have hurt his golf early in his career, because of the aggressiveness it encourages him to bring to his game.[4]

For the first time in his PGA Tour career, Kelly finished outside the valued top 125 on the tour's money list, ending the 2012 season just $1,809 out of a full Tour card. He also finished 2012 as the 25th highest earning PGA Tour golfer in history. Instead of going to Q school (where his finish would have placed him directly into the final stage), Kelly played the 2013 season using a career money list exemption, nineteen places higher on the PGA Tour priority ranking list than the 126-150 category (Priority Ranking 29). During his PGA Tour career, Kelly made 616 starts and earned almost 29 million dollars.

Kelly made his PGA Tour Champions debut at the Chubb Classic in February 2017, and gained his first win six months later at the Boeing Classic outside Seattle.

In January 2018, Kelly won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.

In June 2019, Kelly won the American Family Insurance Championship. In September 2019, he won The Ally Challenge for his fifth PGA Tour Champions title.[5] In October 2019, he won the SAS Championship with a final round 65.[6]

In August 2020, Kelly won his first senior major championship, the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship at Firestone Country Club in Ohio. With the win, Kelly earned $450,000 and qualified for the 2021 Players Championship.

Professional wins (15)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Jan 14, 2002 Sony Open in Hawaii 66-65-65-70=266 −14 1 stroke United States John Cook
2 Jul 7, 2002 Advil Western Open 67-69-68-65=269 −19 2 strokes United States Davis Love III
3 Apr 26, 2009 Zurich Classic of New Orleans 68-66-69-71=274 −14 1 stroke United States Charles Howell III, South Africa Rory Sabbatini,
South Korea Charlie Wi

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1996 Greater Milwaukee Open United States Loren Roberts Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Nike Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Apr 30, 1995 Nike Alabama Classic 65-70-70-68=273 −15 Playoff United States Buddy Gardner
2 Jul 16, 1995 Nike Buffalo Open 70-72-67-65=274 −14 1 stroke United States Tim Simpson

Nike Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1995 Nike Alabama Classic United States Buddy Gardner Won with par on first extra hole

Other wins (3)[edit]

PGA Tour Champions wins (7)[edit]

PGA Tour Champions major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour Champions (6)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Aug 27, 2017 Boeing Classic 65-66-66=197 −19 1 stroke United States Jerry Smith
2 Sep 17, 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship 65-66-68=199 −14 1 stroke United States Lee Janzen
3 Jan 20, 2018 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai 64-68-66=198 −18 1 stroke Scotland Colin Montgomerie
4 Jun 23, 2019 American Family Insurance Championship 65-70-66=201 −15 Playoff South Africa Retief Goosen, United States Steve Stricker
5 Sep 15, 2019 The Ally Challenge 67-65-68=200 −16 2 strokes United States Woody Austin
6 Oct 13, 2019 SAS Championship 68-67-65=200 −16 1 stroke Australia David McKenzie
7 Aug 15, 2020 Bridgestone Senior Players Championship 68-70-70-69=277 −3 2 strokes United States Scott Parel

PGA Tour Champions playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2019 American Family Insurance Championship South Africa Retief Goosen, United States Steve Stricker Won with birdie on third extra hole
2 2020 PURE Insurance Championship United States Jim Furyk Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open T57
The Open Championship T44
PGA Championship CUT WD T26
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T20 48 T31 T20 T5 CUT
U.S. Open T37 CUT CUT T40 83 T7 CUT
The Open Championship CUT T28 WD T47 CUT T26 T49 CUT
PGA Championship CUT T44 CUT CUT CUT T34 48 CUT CUT CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Masters Tournament T12 CUT
U.S. Open T63 T41
The Open Championship CUT CUT
PGA Championship CUT T26 T27
  Top 10
  Did not play

WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 1 4 8 6
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 1 1 10 7
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 5
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 6
Totals 0 0 0 1 2 5 45 24
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2005 PGA – 2007 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2007 Masters – 2007 U.S. Open)

Results in The Players Championship[edit]

Tournament 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
The Players Championship CUT CUT T31 CUT T42 4 T11 CUT T6 CUT CUT T28 T32 CUT T39
Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
The Players Championship T64 CUT T37 CUT T17 T19 CUT
  Top 10

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Match Play R64 QF QF R32 R64
Championship T4 T21 T16 T50
Invitational 77 T53 T19 T46 T11
Champions T54
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Senior major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
2020 Bridgestone Senior Players Championship 1 shot lead −3 (68-70-70-69=277) 2 strokes United States Scott Parel

Senior results timeline[edit]

Tournament 2017 2018 2019 2020
The Tradition T8 T12 NT
Senior PGA Championship T8 T3 5 NT
U.S. Senior Open T12 T2 T2 NT
Senior Players Championship T50 T4 T24 1
Senior British Open Championship T45 T14 T29 NT
  Top 10
  Did not play

"T" indicates a tie for a place
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

U.S. national team appearances[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Week 9 2003 Ending 2 Mar 2003" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Jerry Kelly profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "Kelly ends long wait for victory". BBC Sport. April 26, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
  4. ^ "Biographical info on PGA Tour's official site". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on April 28, 2007.
  5. ^ Strege, John (September 15, 2019). "Jerry Kelly wins the Ally Challenge to close the gap on Charles Schwab Cup leader Scott McCarron". Golf Digest. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  6. ^ "Jerry Kelly rallies to win SAS Championship, closes gap in PGA Tour Champions standings". Golfweek. Associated Press. October 13, 2019.

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