Monday, April 27, 2009

 Icing for Jerry Kelly  
     CBS got more than its money's worth by covering the Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf tournament over the weekend. The purse was respectable, $6.2 million, but with many of the PGA's big-name players skipping the New Orleans scene, the tournament was left with less than a star-studded field, a lower-end event on the Tour's schedule.
     But to Jerry Kelly, Sunday must have been like winning the Masters. Kelly, a former hockey player, last won a PGA event back in 2002, playing in 200 tournaments since without a victory. He fits the description perfectly of journeyman.
     At the tour's stop in Los Angeles in February, Kelly was a plus-two heading into the back nine at Riviera Country Club in the second round. He needed to get to at least even-par to assure his making the cut. He proceeded to make four birdies and shoot a 69, qualifying him for the final two rounds, one of the few bright spots in 2009...until last Sunday.
     Now Kelly is assured of playing in all the big tournaments in 2010, including the Masters. And the $1.1-million for finishing first makes it even sweeter.

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