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A day’s wait worth it as Kelly gets into Phoenix Open

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Feb. 1, 2011 at 9:59 am with No Comments »
February 1, 2011 10:01 am

This was no ordinary Monday qualifier to get into a PGA Tour stop.

But Tacoma’s Troy Kelly isn’t complaining.

One of six men vying for three spots into the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Kelly and Frank Lickliter II grabbed two of those spots on the opening hole in a sudden-death playoff on the Pine Course at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Phoenix Open starts Thursday at TPC Scottsdale – home to the rowdy par-3 16th hole. Puyallup’s Ryan Moore is in the field, and Tacoma’s Michael Putnam, as of now, is the first alternate and would get in if one golfer withdraws before the start of play.

On Monday, Kelly got into the playoff by firing a 5-under-par 67 on the Pine Course.

Kelly, 32, a Central Kitsap High graduate who played at the University of Washington, last played in a PGA Tour event in 2009 at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic in November when he was a full-time member.

He is coming off an injury-marred season in 2010 on the Nationwide Tour, and had hip replacement surgery.

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