Kelly wins for first time since '02|
New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Jerry Kelly managed just a one-under 71
Sunday, but it was enough to give him the win at the Zurich Classic of New
Kelly, who was winless in his last 200 starts, finished at 14-under-par 274.
This was his third PGA Tour title.
"You know, I stayed fairly comfortable throughout the whole thing," said
Kelly, who earned $1,134,000 for the win. "I hit the ball fairly consistently
all day, not great, but got it done."
Charles Howell III led by three strokes at one point in the final round, but
stumbled down the stretch. He carded a four-under 68 to share second place at
minus-13. Howell was joined there by Rory Sabbatini (67) and Charlie Wi (68).
Local favorite and 2001 winner David Toms also closed with a 68 to share fifth
place at the TPC Louisiana with Steve Marino (70) at 12-under-par 276.
Kelly opened with four straight pars before a birdie on the fifth got him to
Howell flew up the leaderboard with four birdies in a five-hole span from the
second to jump into a share of the lead.
Kelly hit a poor approach at the eighth and that led to a bogey that dropped
him one back at minus-12. Howell pushed his lead to two with a 24-foot birdie
putt on the ninth.
The 42-year-old Kelly knocked his second shot over the green at the par-four
10th and that led to another bogey that left him three back.
"The bogey on 10, I starting thinking I better put my mind to it a little bit
harsher," Kelly admitted. "I tried to get a little bit mad and get some
adrenaline going and it worked out pretty well for me."
Both players birdied the par-five 11th and parred the following two holes.
Kelly drained an eight-foot birdie putt on the 14th to get within one.
Howell found a fairway bunker off the tee at the 15th and that led to a bogey
that dropped him into a share of the lead at 14-under. He three-putted for
bogey on the 17th to fall one back and Howell ended there as he two-putted for
par at the par-five closing hole.
"I don't know what to say. I got myself to 15-under and got in position to do
it, but didn't finish it off," Howell stated. "Obviously, I would have loved
to have won. I hit a lot of good shots, I wish I could have finished it a
Kelly parred 15 and 16, then headed to the final two holes up by one thanks to
Howell's bogey. Kelly two-putted for par from 20 feet out on the 17th. At the
last, he left himself 11 feet for birdie.
The Wisconsin native made it interesting as he left his birdie try nearly
three feet short. Not to worry, Kelly tapped in for par and his third PGA Tour
"That's what we're out here for is winning and that's all I try and do," Kelly
said. "Every week I try to set the game plan the best way for me to win the
golf tournament. Apparently, I haven't been doing that very well, but I was
really happy to get the job done."
Steve Stricker fired a five-under 67 to share seventh place at 11-under-par
277. He was joined there by Aaron Watkins, who shot two-under 70 on Sunday.
Jason Dufner (68) and Roland Thatcher (70) were one shot back at minus-10.