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July 7 2012

7:15 PM

Kelly not going away, still leads

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- When Troy Kelly was a freshman at the University of Washington, it appeared to be only a matter of time before he was destined for success.

Kelly finished second at the 1999 NCAA Championship, tying with future PGA TOUR players Ryuji Imada and three shots behind winner Luke Donald.

More than a decade later, Kelly is still trying to get his career on track.

After bouncing around the mini tours, Kelly eventually worked his way to the Web.com Tour. His progress was slowed in 2010, however, by an arthritic hip that ultimately resulted in a hip replacement surgery in September of that year.

The operation seemed to help.

Kelly finished No. 11 on the the Web.com Tour money list last year, earning him a spot on the PGA TOUR this season.

Now Kelly is trying to take it a step further. He’s 7 under through his first 16 holes and in the lead at 11 under for the tournament.

Kelly has missed just two fairways and taken only 24 putts in the third round.

There are plenty of players lurking close behind, though. Webb Simpson is just a shot back, while 19 others are within four shots of his lead.

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