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

Jerry Kelly
Personal information
Full nameJerome Patrick Kelly
Born (1966-11-23) November 23, 1966 (age 52)
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 wins11
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour3 Tour2
PGA Tour Champions3
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT5: 2007
U.S. OpenT7: 2007
The Open ChampionshipT26: 2006
PGA ChampionshipT26: 1999, 2011
Achievements and awards
Nike Tour
leading money winner
Nike Tour
Player of the Year

Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Kelly graduated from the University of Hartford in 1989 and turned professional later that year,[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.


Professional wins (11)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   John Cook
2 Jul 7, 2002 Advil Western Open 67-69-68-65=269 −19 2 strokes   Davis Love III
3 Apr 26, 2009 Zurich Classic of New Orleans 68-66-69-71=274 −14 1 stroke   Charles Howell III
  Rory Sabbatini
  Charlie Wi

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

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

Nike Tour wins (2)Edit

PGA Tour Champions wins (3)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
1 Aug 27, 2017 Boeing Classic 65-66-66=197 −19 1 stroke   Jerry Smith
2 Sep 17, 2017 Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship 65-66-68=199 −14 1 stroke   Lee Janzen
3 Jan 20, 2018 Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai 64-68-66=198 −18 1 stroke   Colin Montgomerie

Other wins (3)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

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 World Golf Championship eventsEdit

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Accenture Match Play Championship R64 QF QF R32 R64
CA Championship T4 T21 T16 T50
Bridgestone Invitational 77 T53 T19 T46 T11
HSBC 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.

U.S. national team appearancesEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Jerry Kelly profile". PGA Tour. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "Kelly ends long wait for victory". BBC Sport. April 26, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2009.
  3. ^ "Biographical info on PGA Tour's official site". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on 2007-04-28.

External linksEdit