About Jerry Kelly

By J.D. Chi

A happy-go lucky everyman, Jerry Kelly is one of the PGA Tour's most consistent players. Though not a big winner--he's won three times during his 13-year career--he's a solid golfer with a great personality. A fan favorite, Kelly won for the first time since 2002 in April of this year at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
A bit of a late bloomer, Kelly turned pro in 1989 after graduating from the University of Hartford, but did not get his Tour card until 1996.

Professional Victories

Kelly was won seven tournaments during his professional career, including three on the PGA Tour. Kelly has consistently been in the Top 20 in the Official Golf
Rankings.
PGA Victories
2002 Sony Open, Hawaii
2002 Advil Western Open
2009 Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Other Professional Victories
1992 Wisconsin State Open
1995 NIKE Alabama Classic
1995 NIKE Buffalo Open
2006 Merrill Lynch Shootout (partner: Rod Pampling)

Top 5 Finishes (since 2004)
second, 2008 Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular
second, 2008 The Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley
fifth, 2007 Masters Tournament
third, 2007 EDS Byron Nelson Championship
second, 2006 Chrysler Classic of Tucson
fifth, 2006 Verizon Classic
second, 2006 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee
fourth, 2005 Buick Championship
fifth, 2005 Bell Canadian Open
fifth, 2004 Sony Open in Hawaii
fifth, 2004 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
fifth, 2004 Bay Hill Invitational Presented by MasterCard
fifth, 2004 Valero Texas Open
third, 2004 THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola

Top 10 Finishes (since 2004)
sixth, 2009 Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun
ninth, 2009 Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular
ninth, 2008 Wyndham Championship
seventh, 2007 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
seventh, 2007 U.S. Open Championship
ninth, 2007 The Barclays
eighth, 2008 Verizon Heritage
ninth, 2007 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard
ninth, 2006 FUNAI Classic at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort
seventh, 2006 Ford Championship at Doral
eighth, 2005 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
sixth, 2005 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro
sixth, 2004 The Players Championship
eighth, 2004 Buick Open
eighth, 2004 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro

Top Professional Finishes

Following is a look at Kelly's Top 5 and Top 10 PGA Tour finishes since 2004.
Top 5 Finishes
second, 2008 Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular
second, 2008 The Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley
fifth, 2007 Masters Tournament
third, 2007 EDS Byron Nelson Championship
second, 2006 Chrysler Classic of Tucson
fifth, 2006 Verizon Classic
second, 2006 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee
fourth, 2005 Buick Championship
fifth, 2005 Bell Canadian Open
fifth, 2004 Sony Open in Hawaii
fifth, 2004 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
fifth, 2004 Bay Hill Invitational Presented by MasterCard
fifth, 2004 Valero Texas Open
third, 2004 THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola

Top 10 Finishes
sixth, 2009 Mayakoba Golf Classic at Riviera Maya-Cancun
ninth, 2009 Puerto Rico Open presented by Banco Popular
ninth, 2008 Wyndham Championship
seventh, 2007 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
seventh, 2007 U.S. Open Championship
ninth, 2007 The Barclays
eighth, 2008 Verizon Heritage
ninth, 2007 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard
ninth, 2006 FUNAI Classic at the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort
seventh, 2006 Ford Championship at Doral
eighth, 2005 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
sixth, 2005 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro
sixth, 2004 The Players Championship
eighth, 2004 Buick Open
eighth, 2004 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro

In the Bag

Kelly plays mostly Cleveland golf clubs, though he does carry a Titleist fairway wood and plays Titleist Pro-V 1x balls. His shafts are custom with extra stiff shafts and are a combination of graphite and steel.
Driver: Cleveland Launcher (7.5 degrees)
Fairway Wood: Titleist 906 F4 (13 degrees)
Hybrid: Cleveland HiBore XLS (16 degrees)
Irons (3-9)- Cleveland CG7 Tour
Wedges (47-, 53- and 60-degree): Cleveland 588
Putter: Cleveland Classic, No. 3

Statistics

Despite being a fairly run-of-the-mill golfer in terms of statistics--he's in the middle of the pack for just about everything--Kelly is ranked No. 25 on the 2009 PGA Money List and is a solid competitor.
Average Driving Distance: 281.6
Greens in Regulation: 64.8 percent
Scoring Average: 70.02
Putting Average: 1.746
Sand Saves: 59.49 percent

Personal

Born in Madison, Wisconsin, on November 23, 1966, Kelly was also an avid and talented hockey player. Kelly is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife, Carol, whose brother, Jim Schuman, is Kelly's golf teacher.
Kelly graduated from the University of Hartford in 1989 with a degree in finance and business. In 2009, Kelly received an honorary doctorate degree in Humanities from the University of Hartford.

About The Author

J.D. Chi is a professional journalist who has covered sports for more than 20 years at newspapers all over the United States. She has covered major golf tournaments and the NFL as well as travel and health topics. Chi received her Bachelor of Arts in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is working toward a master's degree in journalism.

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