Calgary, Alberta – Jerry Kelly missed a chance to win on the List and then made short work of Sunday’s playoff by hitting a 4-foot flyer to win the Shaw Charity Classic for his third title of the season in the PGA Tour Champions.
Kelly concluded with a hat-trick for the Under-67s and a playoff win over John Houston, who shot 65 in one of his best chances of winning in 11 at the 50-and-over circuit.
The last round was so tight that five players finished one shot behind.
Full field results from Shaw Charity Classic
Kirk Triplett, who was leading in the last round, had a 4-foot birdie kick in the 5′ 18 to join Kelly and Huston in the 9-under 201. But he lost pace and earned the edge of the cup. Triplet shot 69.
US Open champion Padraig Harrington (66), Joe Durant (62), Dean Wilson (66) and Alex Sigka (66) also missed the playoff by one shot. Cejka was racking up a victory last week at the Legends Tour of Europe.
The difficult moment came for Kelly in the organization. He had a 15-foot jumper that traveled about 4 feet from the hole—roughly the same distance from where Triplett missed—and needed a par to get to the playoff.
But on day 18 of overtime, Kelly got the jumper he needed to join Stephen Alker as the only three-time winner of this week’s PGA Tour Champions. Alker, who continues to top the Charles Schwab Cup standings, did not play this week.
“I’d love to come to Canada,” Kelly said. “A win here is something I’ve always wanted to do.”
Kelly has played the Canadian Open on the PGA Tour 13 times, but only twice finished in the top 10.
The PGA Tour champions then go to the Seattle area for the Boeing Classic.