It’s been more than two years since Jerry Kelly last won. It’s been just four months since Charl Schwartzel’s last victory. They’re both tied for the early clubhouse lead after each shot a 5-under 66 Thursday at TPC Boston.
Neither has ever won an event in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, but they were stellar with each just making one bogey and needing just 25 putts apiece on a spectacular morning just outside Boston.
There’s of course a long way to go, but Schwartzel, who entered the week 28th in the FedExCup cup, is currently projected to move to second. Kelly, who began the week 47th, would move to third.
The bigger story, however, may be who’s behind them. Jason Day is just a stroke back, as is Nick Watney, who is finishing up his round as we speak. Last week’s winner, Dustin Johnson, is another shot back from that and the reigning FedExCup champ, Jim Furyk, who needs a good week just to advance to the BMWE Championship in two weeks, is only three off the pace.
In other words, there are some big names making some big moves early in Boston.
NORTON, Mass. -- Jerry Kelly didn't make the field for the Deutsche Bank Championship last year.
Not only did he qualify for the second event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup this year, though, Kelly owns the early lead at 5 under. He's played 14 holes and he's two stokes ahead of Scott Piercy, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Nick Watney, Johnson Wagner and Troy Matteson.
Kelly has made four birdies, an eagle and dropped just one shot to par on a crystal clear and cool Friday. He started on the back and made the turn in 31 thanks to the wedge he holed from 34 yards at the par-5 18th.
The Wisconsin native has history at TPC Boston, too. He was two strokes off the lead heading into the final round two years ago and went on to tie for 11th – his second-best finish in 11 Playoffs events.
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
The cut line sits at even par right now and while it’s still early in the second round, it looks like Ben Crane will have a short week at Colonial.
Crane, who came into the week as one of the PGA TOUR’s most accurate players off the tee and into the green, ranking eighth in driving accuracy and 19th in greens in regulation, has been anything but that this week.
Through 33 holes, Crane has hit just 13 fairways and 18 greens and is 8 over for the week.
In terms of performance, his opening 75 was his worst score in relation to par since last year’s TOUR Championships presented by Coca-Cola where he shot 76 in the third round. It’s also just his seventh round over par in 31 rounds on TOUR this year.
Other notables currently on the wrong side of the cut: John Daly, Kenny Perry, Jerry Kelly and Trevor Immelman.
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Jerry Kelly paid off his Rose Bowl bet to J.J. Henry on Wednesday, wearing TCU's SuperFrog mascot suit to play the first hole in his pro-am at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Kelly, a Madison, Wisc., resident, had bet Henry, who graduated from TCU, that Wisconsin would win the Rose Bowl. TCU won 21-19, and Henry collected on his bet Wednesday. TCU coach Gary Patterson joined the twosome in their pro-am group.
Had Wisconsin won, Henry would have had to wear the mascot suit of the Badgers.
Here's a look at Kelly after he took a few practice putts in the SuperFrog suit.
J.J. Henry has an exciting week planned at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
On Tuesday, the Henry House Foundation, which Henry started in 2006, will join with the Jewel Charity to present a $300,000 check to Cook Children's Hospital. The money will fund the development of the Henry House Teen Room for patients there.
In addition, another $50,000 donation will be made to The First Tee of Fort Worth on Saturday as part of the Henry House Foundation's on-going efforts to build the Ben Hogan Learning Center there.
Those two opportunities to help children in the Fort Worth area will make Henry's heart feel good. But what happens on Wednesday is sure to tickle his funny bone.
Henry went to school at Texas Christian University, which is within walking distance of Colonial, and now makes his home in Fort Worth. So he made a wager on the Rose Bowl with Jerry Kelly, who was born and still lives in Madison, Wis.
Thanks to TCU's 21-19 victory over the Badgers, Kelly must wear the Super Frog mascot's costume on Wednesday prior to the pro-am. If you're there, look for Kelly's best frog impersonation on the putting green around noon CT.
At 12:20 p.m CT, Henry will play with TCU football coach Gary Patterson in the Crowne Plaza Invitational Pro-Am. He's hoping Kelly will play the first hole with them -- wearing the Super Frog costume.
"We want to get lots of pictures and make him wear it for 20 or 25 minutes," Henry told Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Jerry is being a great sport about it. It's going to be great."
The cut line is currently at even par. which is bad news for Rickie Fowler, who is 1 over on the tournament.
The good news for Fowler is he has time to recover after playing his first six holes Friday in 3 over with a triple bogey on the par-4 fourth and a bogey on the par-4 fifth.
Other notables on the wrong side of the number include 2009 winner Jerry Kelly, who is 5 over for the week (and 2 under through nine holes Friday) and Justin Rose, who is also 5 over (and even par through eight holes).
Jeff Overton, a runner-up here a year ago, is also flirting with missing the cut. He’s 1 under through eight holes today and right on the number for the week.
PGATOUR.COM is scheduled to stream six interviews Tuesday and Wednesday from the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Tune in to see players answer questions from the media.
3 p.m. ET -- Brandt Snedeker
4:30 p.m. ET -- Jerry Kelly
TBD -- Luke Donald
TBD -- Jason Bohn
TBD -- Steve Stricker
TBD -- Graeme McDowell
3 p.m. ET -- Justin Rose
Click here to watch the interviews live
In his post-round interview with the PGA TOUR Network on Sunday after The Honda Classic, Jerry Kelly referred to Y.E. Yang by a nickname, “Yangsta.”
Maybe we need to hang around the locker room at TOUR events a little more often because it got us wondering: Is this a common nickname for the Korean star, who comes off a second-place finish at PGA National?
We have seen Yang referred to as “Yangster” by a few golf writers, but we just haven’t heard a TOUR pro cite the, ahem, “street” version until now.
When Kelly said it, Bill Kratzert – who was conducting the interview for the PGA TOUR Network – began to laugh off microphone.
No doubt it’s certainly a cool nickname.
And now we have our headline for the next time Yang wins an event: Yangsta’s Paradise.
Yep, Coolio will be happy.
CLICK HERE to listen to Kelly’s reference to the Yangsta (it's at the 27-second mark) .
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- After making just four bogeys in his first 62 holes this week, Rory Sabbatini has two bogeys in his last six holes to see his once-commanding lead of five dwindle to two shots entering the difficult Bear Trap.
Sabbatini just bogeyed the 14 th hole to drop to 8 under when he missed the green and failed to get up-and-down. Y.E. Yang, who won The Honda Classic two years ago, made a 9-foot par save at No. 14 to move within two. Jerry Kelly also bogeyed the 14 th hole to remain three shots back.
To follow them live with Shot Tracker, click here . -- Craig Dolch