AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Jerry Kelly gained the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship for the second time in three years Sunday, breaking away with two late birdies to beat defending champion Steve Stricker by two strokes.
Kelly closed with a 2-under 68, taking the outright lead with a 15-foot birdie putt from the perimeter on the par-5 sixteenth and working in a 10-footer on the par-4 seventeenth. He completed at 11-under 269 on Firestone’s South Course.
Kelly additionally gained at Firestone in August 2020 and completed second final yr. The 55-year-old from Madison, Wisconsin, has 10 PGA Tour Champions victories, additionally successful the Principal Charity Classic final month in Iowa, after successful 3 times on the PGA Tour.
The 55-year-old Stricker, additionally from Madison, matched Kelly with a closing 68. Sticker missed an opportunity for his second main victory of the season after taking the Regions Tradition in May in Alabama.
Steve Alker bogeyed the par-4 18th to drop right into a tie for third with Ernie Els at 8 below. A 3-time winner this season and the Charles Schwab Cup factors chief, Alker shot a 69. Els closed with a 68.
Stephen Ames (65) was 6 below with Ken Duke (66), Woody Austin (68) and Alex Cejka (73).