Jerry Kelly shot a second consecutive 6-under 66 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge and captured the Boeing Classic by one stroke.
The 50-year old rookie’s bogey-free final round included six birdies, two of which came back-to-back on 16 and 17 to seal the deal.
The 19-under 197 total by Kelly set a Boeing Classic record.
“Awesome,” said Kelly, when asked how his first Champions Tour win feels. “Well, it’s definitely my first wire-to-wire win.”
Alone in second, at 18 under, was Jerry Smith, who had the low round of the day at 8-under 64.
Bernhard Langer celebrated his 60th birthday with a second consecutive 65. He finished tied for third with Billy Mayfair (66) at 16-under.
Colin Montgomerie (66) rounded out the top 5 at 15-under.
The win earned Kelly $315,000, which moves him into 11th place in the Charles Schwab Cup race.
FINAL TOP 10
1 Jerry Kelly -19
2 Jerry Smith -18
T3 Bernhard Langer -16
T3 Billy Mayfair -16
5 Colin Montgomerie -15
T6 David Toms -12
T6 Jeff Maggert -12
T6 David Frost -12
T6 Marco Dawson -12
T10 Miguel Jimenez -11
T10 Gene Sauers -11
T10 Kevin Sutherland -11
FINAL ROUND HIGHLIGHTS: BOEING CLASSIC
QUOTABLE: JERRY KELLY
“On the tour, I took 71st or 72nd last year, I’m not sure, so I was fully exempt all this year. I could have played all I wanted to. I’ve still got a top-50 exemption sitting in my pocket and I can be fully exempt any year that I want to going forward. I don’t know if I’ll use it. As long as the Sony people let me in that tournament and possibly Harbour Town and I go back to Hartford where I went to college and I play a team event with Stricker, I think those four events will be just fine with me. I’m very happy to call this my home tour.”