09/15 17:36 CDT Jerry Kelly wins in Michigan for 2nd win of the year
Jerry Kelly wins in Michigan for 2nd win of the year
GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) --- Jerry Kelly played bogey-free Sunday at Warwick
Hills and closed with a 4-under 68 for a two-shot victory in the Ally
Challenge, his second victory this year on the PGA Tour Champions and moving
him a little closer to the top of the Charles Schwab Cup standings.
Kelly started the final round with a one-shot lead over Schwab Cup leader Scott
McCarron and Woody Austin. Only one of them challenged Kelly.
McCarron fell apart with four bogeys in a five-hole stretch around the turn and
shot 75 to tie for 15th. Austin caught Kelly briefly with a birdie on No. 3,
but he never could conjure up the vibes at Warwick Hills, where Austin won his
first PGA Tour event.
Kelly had a pair of birdies on the front nine, and he seized control on the
back nine when Austin made bogey on the par-4 15th. Two holes later, on the
par-3 17th, Kelly made his final birdie for a three-shot lead.
Austin birdied the 18th and shot 69 to finish alone in second. Steve Flesch
(66) and Tim Petrovic (67) tied for third, four shots behind.
Kelly also won two months ago in his native Wisconsin at the American Insurance
Family Championship. He became the fourth multiple winner this year on the PGA
Tour Champions, joining McCarron (three victories), and Steve Stricker and
Bernhard Langer (two).
McCarron still has a big lead in the Schwab Cup. Kelly, who finished at
16-under 200, earned $300,000. He remained at No. 2 in the Schwab Cup, $492,083
behind McCarron with three more events before the PGA Tour Champions'
"We know we've got to catch up to Scotty," Kelly said. "We've got to do
something special. He's been playing great and he's got a huge lead. All we can
do is try and chase him down, try to win tournaments."
Kelly was not a regular during his PGA Tour days, when Warwick Hills was host
of the Buick Open.
Austin, however, won the Buick Open in 1995 for his first PGA Tour victory, and
it was enough for him to be voted PGA Tour rookie of the year over David Duval.
He just didn't have enough Sunday to track down Kelly.
"I played terrible last year --- our first year back --- but I still wasn't
going to not come back. It's a special place," Austin said. "This was my first
tour win, got me rookie of the year, all that sort of jazz. Just like I said,
it wasn't my time."