July 13, 2014
By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM
- Jerry Kelly tied for the field lead with 63 of 72 greens hit at the John Deere Classic. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
It was a pretty strong week for Jerry Kelly. The Wisconsin native finished tied for third at the John Deere Classic while tying for first in greens in regulation and finishing first in strokes gained-putting.
Kelly carded a bogey-free 66 on Sunday to record his fourth top-10 finish of the season. It also tied his best finish -- he placed solo third at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Brian Harman, meanwhile, won despite losing strokes to the field average in putting. That marks the 23rd time in TOUR history that a champion has finished with negative strokes gained-putting in the ShotLink era (since 2004). It's also occurred four times this season, the last being Hideki Matsuyama at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. Harman made up for his lack of hole-outs on the greens by hitting an astounding 63 greens -- tied with Kelly for the best of the week -- and hitting his approaches to an average distance of 23 feet, 3 inches, which trailed only Tim Clark's 21-10 mark.
Here are the stats leaders from the week:
|John Deere Classic
||Winner: Brian Harman
||303.1 (18)||S. Bowditch (318.9)
||80.36%, 45 of 56 (T8)||Z. Johnson (87.50%, 49 of 56)
||-0.194 (63)||J. Kelly (1.825)||T3|
|Greens in Regulation
||87.50%, 63 of 72 (T1)||J. Kelly, B. Harman (87.50%, 63 of 72)
|Proximity to the hole||23'-3" (2)||T. Clark (21'-10")
|Scrambling||66.67%, 6 of 9 (T29)||D. Toms (90.00%, 18 of 20)