SAS Championship R4

Jerry Kelly wins in North Carolina

October 11-13
Prestonwood CC, Cary, North Carolina
$2,100,000


Jerry Kelly knew he needed to make as many birdies as he could Sunday in a sprint to the finish in the SAS Championship. He was so locked into the process that he didn’t realize how many he made until he marked them down on his card.

Locked in a tight race, Kelly ran off five straight birdies to close out the front nine and then made an insurance birdie late that carried him to a 7-under 65 and a one-shot victory in the final regular-season event on the PGA Tour Champions.

“When the guys are so close and you’re bunched up, it’s make the next birdie,” Kelly said. “And then somebody else makes a birdie and it’s like, ‘OK, I have to make another birdie. I have to make another birdie.’ It kind of shocked me to see I was three, four shots clear.”


Kelly made his lone bogey on the final hole when it only affected the margin. He won by one shot over David McKenzie, who shot 63.

Woody Austin and Doug Barron, who shared the lead going into the final round, each shot 71 and tied for third with David Toms (66). Barron fell back with a tee shot that went out-of-bounds on No. 6 and led to triple bogey. Austin played his final 13 holes in even par.

Kelly, who finished at 16-under 200, won for the third time this year on the PGA Tour Champions and takes plenty of momentum into the postseason. He went over $2 million in earnings for the year and remains No. 2 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, though he cut into Scott McCarron’s once big lead.

Kelly now is $221,430 behind McCarron, and points are double in the three Schwab Cup playoff events that start in two weeks.

“I’m very happy to be healthy, very happy to be playing well at this time,” Kelly said.

Rod Pampling of Australia, who turned 50 last month and was playing his second event on the PGA Tour Champions, needed to finish in the top 10 to earn a “wild card” into the postseason. He birdied three straight holes and needed one more on the 18th to finish the tournament in the top 10, but his 15-foot putt was inches short.


The top 72 on the money list qualify for the postseason.

Sandy Lyle was holding down the 72nd spot until closing with a 75. Mike Goodes, who started the SAS Championship with a 75, rallied with rounds of 68-70 and tied for 28th, making enough money to finish No. 72 on the money list by $323 over Lyle.


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Lifestyle
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Jerry Kelly
-16
68
67
65
200
2
David McKenzie
-15
69
69
63
201
T3
David Toms
-11
71
68
66
205
T3
Doug Barron
-11
66
68
71
205
T3
Woody Austin
-11
67
67
71
205
T6
Chris DiMarco
-10
70
69
67
206
T6
Gene Sauers
-10
69
69
68
206
T8
Scott McCarron
-9
73
67
67
207
T8
Joe Durant
-9
71
69
67
207
T8
Stephen Ames
-9
71
66
70
207
T8
Retief Goosen
-9
69
68
70
207
T12
Gibby Gilbert III
-8
70
71
67
208
T12
Tim Petrovic
-8
69
71
68
208
T12
Rocco Mediate
-8
71
68
69
208
T12
Bob Estes
-8
70
69
69
208
T12
Rod Pampling
-8
69
69
70
208
T12
Jeff Maggert
-8
73
66
69
208
T18
Brandt Jobe
-7
72
71
66
209
T18
Marco Dawson
-7
70
71
68
209
T20
Tommy Armour III
-6
70
72
68
210
T20
Ken Duke
-6
71
67
72
210
T22
Scott Parel
-5
73
69
69
211
T22
Glen Day
-5
71
69
71
211
T22
Bernhard Langer
-5
69
69
73
211
T25
Paul Broadhurst
-4
75
71
66
212
T25
Skip Kendall
-4
72
70
70
212
T25
Steve Flesch
-4
73
66
73
212
T28
Mike Goodes
-3
75
68
70
213
T28
Fred Couples
-3
74
70
69
213
T28
Bart Bryant
-3
71
72
70
213
T28
Jay Haas
-3
75
67
71
213
T28
Vijay Singh
-3
68
74
71
213
T28
Tom Byrum
-3
74
71
68
213
T28
Billy Mayfair
-3
71
71
71
213
T28
Jeff Sluman
-3
76
71
66
213
T36
Billy Andrade
-2
74
69
71
214
T36
John Riegger
-2
73
71
70
214
T36
Davis Love III
-2
73
70
71
214
T36
Lee Janzen
-2
69
73
72
214
T36
Jerry Smith
-2
74
72
68
214
T36
Colin Montgomerie
-2
69
77
68
214
T36
Russ Cochran
-2
73
68
73
214
T43
Kirk Triplett
-1
69
75
71
215
T43
Neal Lancaster
-1
74
71
70
215
T45
Miguel Angel Jiménez
E
70
74
72
216
T45
Steve Jones
E
74
69
73
216
T45
Wes Short, Jr.
E
70
73
73
216
T45
Olin Browne
E
73
72
71
216
T45
Kenny Perry
E
69
77
70
216
T45
Esteban Toledo
E
76
70
70
216
T45
Tom Gillis
E
76
71
69
216
T45
Cliff Kresge
E
77
70
69
216
T45
Duffy Waldorf
E
78
70
68
216
T54
Mark O’Meara
1
74
69
74
217
T54
Tom Pernice Jr.
1
73
76
68
217
T56
Doug Garwood
2
72
73
73
218
T56
Stephen Leaney
2
73
72
73
218
T56
Michael Bradley
2
71
77
70
218
T56
John Daly
2
76
73
69
218
T60
David Frost
3
72
73
74
219
T60
Darren Clarke
3
74
72
73
219
T60
Patrick Sheehan
3
78
73
68
219
T63
Corey Pavin
4
73
74
73
220
T63
John Inman
4
74
75
71
220
T65
Joey Sindelar
5
72
77
72
221
T65
Chris Hockaday
5
76
73
72
221
T65
Ken Tanigawa
5
77
72
72
221
T68
Fred Funk
6
73
73
76
222
T68
Tommy Tolles
6
72
75
75
222
T68
Jesper Parnevik
6
72
75
75
222
T68
Larry Mize
6
76
72
74
222
T72
Loren Roberts
7
73
70
80
223
T72
Sandy Lyle
7
72
76
75
223
T72
Kent Jones
7
75
74
74
223
T72
Dan Forsman
7
75
75
73
223
76
John Huston
10
78
71
77
226
77
Mark Calcavecchia
13
75
74
80
229
78
Michael Allen
17
74
84
75
233