The Ally Challenge R1

McCarron, Goosen & Gillis tied for the lead

September 13-15
Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan
$2,000,000
Round 2, Round 3

Jerry Kelly leads PGA Tour Champions’ Ally Challenge

Jerry Kelly birdied the first five holes on the back nine and finished with a 7-under 65


Scott McCarron, Retief Goosen and Tom Gillis are tied for the lead at 6-under 66 in the PGA Tour Champions’ Ally Challenge.


McCarron, currently leading in the Charles Schwab Cup and a three-time winner this year, birdied the par-5 16th and par-3 17th in a bogey-free round at Warwick Hills.

”Conditions were a little bit soft out there from the rain that we had and there were some gusty winds out there,” McCarron said. ”It was difficult to kind of judge distance with some of our iron shots, so it was hard to get it close. I watched Retief Goosen play a spectacular round. He hit the ball about 10 feet almost every hole, at least for the first 13, 14 holes. It was very impressive. I kind of just rode his wake in there and was able to make a couple birdies coming in.”

Goosen, the Senior Players Championship winner for his first victory on the 50-and-over tour, bogeyed the 17th.


”The first five, six holes played into a strong wind this morning and I really hit some really good shots in those first few holes and made a few birdies,” Goosen said. ”I was 4 under through six, so I was off to a great start in tough conditions. After that I had my chances to go really low, missed a few putts, short ones. Then, obviously, very much a mental mistake on No. 17. Hit a bad shot there and caught a poor lie in the bunker and didn’t get it up and down. So, a bit of a disappointing finish.”

Gillis finished his bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-4 ninth.

”What we have is terribly soft,” Gillis said. ”We had a lot of rain the last two days. We had about a 15-mph wind that made some challenge on some shots, but overall being soft, you could get to the pins. It was accessible.”

Jay Haas was a stroke back with Darren Clarke, Jerry Smith and Jerry Kelly.

”I kept the ball in the fairway,” the 65-year-old Haas said. ”You have to keep the ball out of the rough here because it’s really juicy and wet and the ball’s just not going anywhere, so I did that most of the day.”


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Scott McCarron
-6
66
T1
Retief Goosen
-6
66
T1
Tom Gillis
-6
66
T4
Jerry Smith
-5
67
T4
Darren Clarke
-5
67
T4
Jerry Kelly
-5
67
T4
Jay Haas
-5
67
T8
Woody Austin
-4
68
T8
Duffy Waldorf
-4
68
T8
Steve Flesch
-4
68
T8
Bernhard Langer
-4
68
T8
Stephen Leaney
-4
68
T13
Cliff Kresge
-3
69
T13
Tim Petrovic
-3
69
T13
Wes Short, Jr.
-3
69
T13
Ken Tanigawa
-3
69
T13
Tom Lehman
-3
69
T13
Gene Sauers
-3
69
T13
Colin Montgomerie
-3
69
T20
Tom Byrum
-2
70
T20
Chris DiMarco
-2
70
T20
David Frost
-2
70
T20
Glen Day
-2
70
T20
Doug Barron
-2
70
T20
Kenny Perry
-2
70
T20
Stephen Ames
-2
70
T20
Kirk Triplett
-2
70
T20
David Toms
-2
70
T20
Mark O’Meara
-2
70
T20
Mark Calcavecchia
-2
70
T20
Fred Couples
-2
70
T32
Jeff Sluman
-1
71
T32
Lee Janzen
-1
71
T32
Brandt Jobe
-1
71
T32
Tom Kite
-1
71
T32
Paul Broadhurst
-1
71
T37
Larry Mize
E
72
T37
Joey Sindelar
E
72
T37
Dudley Hart
E
72
T37
Kent Jones
E
72
T37
Tommy Armour III
E
72
T37
Bob Estes
E
72
T37
Marco Dawson
E
72
T37
Paul Goydos
E
72
T37
Bart Bryant
E
72
T37
Jesper Parnevik
E
72
T37
Rocco Mediate
E
72
T37
Ángel Cabrera
E
72
T37
David McKenzie
E
72
T37
Skip Kendall
E
72
T51
Greg Kraft
1
73
T51
Steve Jones
1
73
T51
Gary Hallberg
1
73
T51
Joe Durant
1
73
T51
Jeff Maggert
1
73
T51
Esteban Toledo
1
73
T57
John Huston
2
74
T57
Loren Roberts
2
74
T57
Billy Mayfair
2
74
T57
Miguel Angel Jiménez
2
74
T57
Gibby Gilbert III
2
74
T57
Mark Walker
2
74
T57
Todd Fischer
2
74
T64
Russ Cochran
3
75
T64
Billy Andrade
3
75
T64
Tom Pernice Jr.
3
75
T64
Sandy Lyle
3
75
T64
Dennis Hendershott
3
75
T69
David Eger
4
76
T69
Corey Pavin
4
76
T69
Brandel Chamblee
4
76
T69
Olin Browne
4
76
T69
Dan Forsman
4
76
T69
Scott Parel
4
76
T69
Vijay Singh
4
76
T76
Mark Brooks
5
77
T76
Michael Allen
5
77
78
Gary Nicklaus
6
78