Jerry Kelly Continues to Lead at US Senior Open

Heading into the third round in Colorado Springs Jerry Kelly still has the lead, although that lead is shrinking.  Kelly would finish his second round with a 69, and now sits at 5-under par.  His two-stroke lead has dwindled thought to just one over Miguel Angel Jimenez as he surged to 4-under.

Jerry Kelly would briefly fall into a tie for the lead with Jimenez but he would use a long putt to change that quickly.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, the “most interesting man in the world” had a good day after a 2-under round of 68.  Here are some of his highlights.

The best round of the day came from Tim Petrovic and would move him into third place overall.  His 5-under par round was the result of doing just what you have to do on Broadmoor’s East Course.   He had six birdies, to just one bogey on the back nine. It’s the perfect formula to win on this golf course and at this tournament.

Petrovic is someone to watch for today and tomorrow.

So is Davis Love III as he shot 2-under par to draw him to within four strokes of the lead.  Tied with Love III is Phillip Golding who shot a round of 3-under 67 which included a rare birdie on the back nine.

There were only four other players that were in the red on Friday and that list includes Jay Haas, Paul Goydos, Kirk Triplett and Todd Bailey.  Both Bailey and Triplett each fired strong 4-under rounds.  Both players had at least one birdie on the back nine which helped their cause.

Both today and tomorrow will see a major change in the weather. Instead of mid-to-upper 90’s and dry, we will see low 80’s and a chance of showers both days.  The rain will slow things up on the greens which is a good thing, although the length of the course will likely offset factor.

Notables That Made the Cut

The returning champion Kenny Perry made the cut, but sits 10 strokes out of the lead at 5-over par.  Some other big names that made the cut include both Colin Montgomerie and Fred Couples at 4-over, and Bernhard Langer at 8-over.

Some headline making players that missed the cut included Corey Pavin, Tom Lehman, Tom Kite, and a couple local (Pittsburgh) products, both from Oakmont, PA in Bob Ford and Sean Knapp.

Hall of Fame Baseball Player John Smoltz had a much better second round but he would miss the cut. I believe the experience was everything he was looking for, although not the outcome.

Smoltz was mic’d up all day and some of the banter between he and Bob Ford was really good.

After a long made birdie Putt, Smoltz walked off the green with Ford and said, “Should I use this ball again Bob, or should I put it away? He laughed, Bob replied “keep it!”

Smoltz would have a chip in later on in his round to give him a good feeling walking away from his first Open.  That chip in of course happened shortly after he had a discussion with his club asking what  was wrong with it today.  Here is the full link.

 

Author: Jhavelka