Keeping Score

Jerry Kelly claims Champions Tour’s 1st major of 2020

Back-nine ace in final round propels American to Senior Players Championship, his 7th title on the 50-and-older tour

7: Number of victories on the Champions Tour for American Jerry Kelly, who posted a two-stroke victory Sunday at the Senior Players Championship in Akron, Ohio. It was Kelly’s first major championship on the 50-and-old tour. Kelly seemed to be cruising during the final round at Firestone Country Club’s South Course after he aced the par-3 12th hole with a 5-iron from 177 yards. However, he made things interesting with a double-bogey 6 on the final hole but still held off countryman Scott Parel, the only other player under par, by two strokes. Kelly closed with a 1-under 69 for a 3-under 277 total at the longtime PGA Tour host site. Parel closed with 70 for a 1-under 279. Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie (71) shared third with Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez (69) at even-par 280. Kelly, 53, won three times on the PGA Tour. The tournament is one of only two of the Champions Tour’s five major championships to be played this year on a revised 2020 schedule amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Kelly earned a spot in next year’s Players Championship (scores).

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