Jerry Kelly Maintains The Lead at US Senior Open

Moving Day was just that as the leaderboard would change dramatically, that is except for the top spot as Jerry Kelly would maintain a one stroke lead going into Today’s final round of the US Senior Open.

There were more than a few major moves yesterday, the biggest was David Toms 4-under round to move him to within a stroke of Kelly.

Another big move was in the opposite direction as Miguel Angel Jimenez would shoot a 3+over round to move him back three strokes off the lead.

Moving on Up

Two other players that carded 4-under rounds were Brandt Jobe and Bernhard Langer.  Jobe would move into a tie at 1-under for the tournament while Langer would move closer to Even.

Because of the softer conditions, there were twelve rounds under par for the third round, two more than the day prior.

Two other players that are in shouting distance are Kirk Triplett and Tim Petrovic whom both sit at 2-under after going in different directions on day three.   Paul Goydos joins Brandt Jobe at 1-under and three other players sit at Even led by Kevin Sutherland.

The USGA Gets What They Want With The US Senior Open.

The USGA strives to make the their Major Championships the biggest challenge the players will face on  tour each season.   Although at times they have struggled one way or the other, I believe they have gotten just what they have strived for from this US Senior Open.

With a handful of players under par, the course is not unfair.  But it does require a great deal out of the players.   The length is a challenge, slightly offset by the altitude.

The Greens are huge, so hitting them is not an issue.  Getting down in one or two putts can be, with the length and speed of some of the putts.

In all, this course and tournament has been a tremendous success. The Broadmoor has delivered and the players have responded in kind.

Final Round Predictions

We will see even more rounds under par today, than the previous three.  I believe the leaderboard will change again just as dramatically.  I also belive we will see one of the players chasing the lead, make a move and win the tournament.

Although Kelly has been the most consistent this week, he has not taken advantage of the course as he should have after that first round.  That in my opinion will be his downfall today.  I believe we will see Petrovic or Toms win the tournament today with another round of 67 or better while Kelly hovers around par.

 

 

 

Author: Jhavelka