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U.S. Senior Open: Kelly Takes Lead into Weekend

Colorado Springs, CO (PGW Wire) – Jerry Kelly shot a second-round 69 and will take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the U.S. Senior Open.

Jerry Kelly hits a shot in the second round of the 2018 U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. Credit: Getty Images/Robert Laberge

Kelly’s second day on The Broadmoor’s East Course included five birdies against four bogeys, highlighted by back-to-back gains on Nos. 6 and 7 (his 15th and 16th).

“The greens were nice, no question. I just hit a few through the break, couple 3-putts, couple tough 2-putts, but turned out to be 3-putts,” said Kelly.

“But missing those two par-5s on the front side, my backside, that bothered me more than anything, but solid play again.

“I hit the fairways. I hit the greens. I hit a lot of good putts. So good chip in on 18. It was solid day.”

After a second-straight 68, Miguel Angel Jimenez was one back at 4-under par. The 56-year old Spaniard signed for a clean card on Friday, which included 16 pars and two birdies.

After turning in 35, Tim Petrovic was sitting at 3-over par through 27 holes, but the 51-year old Northampton (MA) native closed with six birdies over his final eight holes to post a tournament-low 65 and a two-day score of 3-under par 137.

Petrovic sits alone in third, just two off the pace of University of Hartford teammate Kelly.

“Yeah, I kind of know him,” joked Petrovic. “Went to school for three years together. We did. University of Hartford. We’re the same age, but he’s a year behind me in school. So we played three years at Hartford.”

Davis Love III bounced back from a first-round 71 to post a second-day 68. The recent Hall of Fame inductee leads a group of five players at 1-under par and T4.

Last year’s tournament runner-up Kirk Triplett birdied the 18th hole to sign for a 66, and reach level-par 140, one clear of David Toms (71) and Paul Broadhurst (70) who sit T10 at 1-over 141.

Three further back at T20 were headliners Colin Montgomerie and Fred Couples, who posted matching 73s to lead a logjam at 4-over par.

Defending champion Kenny Perry struggled to a 74 and is 10 shots off the lead at 5-over par. Tournament favorite Bernhard Langer was 8-over par after a second-day 76.


THE TOP 10

1. Jerry Kelly -5 (66-69)
2. Miguel Angel Jimenez -4 (68-68)
3. Tim Petrovic -3 (72-65)
4. Davis Love III -1 (71-68)
4. Philip Golding -1 (72-67)
4. Deane Pappas -1 (68-71)
4. Jay Haas -1 (70-69)
4. Paul Goydos -1 (72-67)
9. Kirk Triplett E (74-66)
10. David Toms +1 (70-71)
10. Paul Broadhurst +1 (71-70)

NOTABLES

20. Fred Couples +4 (71-73)
20. Colin Montgomerie +4 (71-73)
20. Gene Sauers +4 (73-71)
32. Kenny Perry +5 (71-74)
43. Scott McCarron +6 (72-74)
43. Vijay Singh +6 (72-74)
55. Bernhard Langer +8 (72-76)

NOTABLES MISSING CUT

MC. Corey Pavin +9 (73-76)
MC. Mark Calcavecchia +9 (73-76)
MC. Mark O’Meara +9 (75-74)
MC. Tom Lehman +10 (76-74)
MC. Tom Kite +12 (75-77)
MC. Jesper Parnevik +17 (79-78)
MC. John Smoltz +22 (85-77)
MC. Hale Irwin +24 (79-85)


STAT LEADERS

DRIVING
1. Jeff Wilson (a) – 322.60 (T50)
2. Davis Love III – 320.83 (T4)
3. Kenny Perry – 318.75 (T32)
41. Jerry Kelly – 288.35 (1st)

FAIRWAYS
1. Jerry Kelly – 25/28, 89.3% (1st)
2. David Frost – 23/28, 82.1% (T50)
2. Craig Bowden – 23/28, 82.1% (T32)
2. Tom Werkmeister – 23/28, 82.1% (T32)

GREENS
1. Kevin Sutherland – 30/36, 83.3% (1st)
1. Scott Dunlap – 30/36, 83.3% (T20)
3. Jerry Kelly – 28/36, 77.8% (1st)
3. Davis Love III – 28/36, 77.8% (T4)
3. Billy Mayfair – 28/36, 77.8% (T17)
3. Lee Janzen – 28/36, 77.8% (T20)


VIDEO: ROUND-2 HIGHLIGHTS


VIDEO: SHOT OF THE DAY

Paul Goydos holes out for eagle on the par-4 14th hole. For the top shot, Goydos gets a hug from Billy Andrade.


QUOTABLE

“When you see guys hit the fairway consistently, you feed off of that. And that’s really the key out here is just hitting the fairways. We’re good enough iron players, and they’re tough pins and tough greens, yes. And it’s just accentuated if you don’t hit the fairway. So we’re doing a great job of that and then letting golf happen after that.”
– Jerry Kelly

Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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