Kelly’s season may be over

McClatchy news servicesApril 20, 2013 

The injury bug just keeps feasting on Tacoma-based PGA Tour golfer Troy Kelly.

Kelly now has a torn meniscus and possible ACL damage in his right knee, and he said it’s possible he’s played in his last tour event this season.

The Central Kitsap grad and former University of Washington golfer has been hobbled by it for most of the season. He had left hip replacement surgery in 2010.

“Basically I think it’s from walking on my right leg for a couple of years,” said Kelly, who also resides in La Quinta, Calif. “While trying to tough the left side out the right side got beat up.”

Kelly, 34, has played in 10 tournaments this year. He made three cuts, winning $32,350. His best finish was a tie for 62nd at Pebble Beach. He played in 23 events in 2012, winning $786,832, most of it from a second-place finish at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.

There’s a chance he could petition the PGA Tour for a major medical exemption, which would allow him to play anywhere from 13-15 tournaments next season.

He doesn’t have a surgery scheduled but said he was consulting with a doctor on Friday.

STREELMAN STAYS HOT

Kevin Streelman, who won his first tour title last month at the Tampa Bay Championships, shot a 1-under 70 before the wind picked up at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C. He was tied at 6 under with Charley Hoffman and 34-year-old rookie Steve LeBrun in the rain-delayed second round of the RBC Heritage.

Hoffman, like Streelman, followed an opening 66 with a 70. LeBrun shot his second straight 68.

Luke Donald (68) and Bill Haas (69) were a stroke back.

Seventeen players were unable to finish. The rain was forecast to continue overnight before the front moves out to sea and brings cooler temperatures — but no rain.

PAIR LEAD CHAMPIONS

Rookie Bart Bryant and David Frost topped the first-round leaderboard in the Champions Tour’s rain-delayed Greater Gwinnett Championship in Duluth, Ga.

The start of play was delayed four hours by rain. There were 57 players still on the TPC Sugarloaf course when the round was suspended because of darkness. Bryant completed a 4-under 68, and Frost was 4 under with five holes to go.

The first round will be completed this morning.

AMERICAN LEADS IN SPAIN

American Peter Uihlein, who won the U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay in 2010, shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Spanish Open in Valencia. Uihlein was at 6-under 138 – one shot ahead of a trio of European PGA Tour players.

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