Power Rankings: Chubb Classic
February 12, 2018
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- Jerry Kelly already has one win on the season, and he's looking for more in Naples, Florida this week. (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
Vartan Kupelian is a PGATOUR.COM contributor. Each week, Kupelian will size up the field and provide his top 10 players going into the tournament, based on factors such as the player's strengths, the course setup, recent performances, etc.
Jerry Kelly was philosophical about his T3 finish last year at the Chubb Classic.
“I’ve got to pay my dues,” he said.
The Chubb Classic marked Kelly’s debut on PGA TOUR Champions and an impressive top-10 finish was an acceptable launching pad. This year, Kelly arrives at TwinEagles Golf Club in Naples with a decidedly different approach.
Kelly won twice last year on PGA TOUR Champions and earned Rookie of the Year honors. He started the current season with a third victory, at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, and has become one of the must-watch players on PGA TOUR Champions. Kelly’s game is in fine form and he returns this week after playing back-to-back events on the PGA TOUR.
Kelly tied for 14th at the Sony Open in Hawaii and missed the 54-hole cut at Pebble Beach.
Fred Couples won the Chubb Classic last year with a bogey-free final-round 67 and 200 total for a 3-stroke victory. Miguel Angel Jimenez, bogey-free through two rounds, couldn’t keep it going, shot a closing 71 and finished second. Kelly, Jeff Sluman and Rod Spittle shared third place at 205. Kelly’s Sunday 66 moved him up from a tie for 19th.
Making his first start at the Chubb Classic, Jimenez was the 36-hole leader with 65-67—132 before he ran into trouble with water hazards in the final round and shot 71.