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May 29 2010

6:36 PM

Kelly takes advantage of second hole

The second hole offered some interesting opportunities on Saturday. Tournament officials moved the tees up about 88 yards so players could try to drive the green.

So the par 4 was playing at 301 yards on Saturday. There were three eagles, 34 birdies and 37 pars and the hole played to a par of 3.459.

"I've got to commend the TOUR staff on how they set this course up," said Jerry Kelly, who made one of the eagles at No. 2 in his round of 63. "It was really fun out there. And then, No. 2, drivable? I've never seen that before.

"I think that was a really cool thing they brought in -- put the pin up front where there's not much room right or left. If you wind up pin-high, it's a tough chip. That kind of inventiveness, I think is pretty cool."

Kelly hit his drive into the right front greenside bunker at No. 2 and then holed it from 52 feet. He went on to shoot 29 on the front nine, which was one shot off the record low.

"When I was 7 under through 11, I was thinking 59, course record -- all those things go through your head," Kelly said. "It's usually not a bad thing for me. Keeps me motivated to make more birdies. Got a little zealous at 12, knocked it 15 feet past for birdie and wound-up three-putting. That kind of put the brakes on."

Kelly was three strokes off the lead when he finished -- but the leaders had not yet teed off. He knows that at 10 under he'll have some work to do on Sunday.

"We were talking about that coming up the stretch, and I said, I've got to get one or two more because at 10, I'm going to probably be six, seven back," Kelly said. "We'll see what happens. I mean, this is an awesome golf course, but without any wind and the greens being receptive, it just shows how good these guys are."

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