No, Troy Kelly wasn’t one of the fearsome foursome at the top of the U.S. Open leaderboard entering the final round Sunday. He was 11 strokes back at 7-over-par 217.
That didn’t make his Sunday any less special. The Central Kitsap High School and University of Washington graduate who can see Chambers Bay from out his back window was the lone local golfer to make the cut into the final two rounds.
After University Place’s Michael Putnam and Puyallup’s Ryan Moore didn’t make the cut after the second round, that left Kelly as the lone local golfer remaining.
Kelly was playing Sunday morning alongside his caddie, brother Ryan Kelly, and with his father, Bob Kelly, paying close attention on Father’s Day. The first line of Troy Kelly’s PGA Tour profile says he started playing golf when “my dad put a club in my hand as soon as I could walk.”
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ROOTING FOR THE FAVORITES
Steve Smith of Seattle was spending his Father’s Day sitting at a picnic table near the Chambers Grill tent alongside his son, 11-year-old Kincaid.
He said he’s been here every day since Thursday, so he wouldn’t mind someone (he wants 21-year-old Jordan Spieth) to pull away from the pack and end this tournament today.
“But I would still support it if we went to a playoff tomorrow,” Smith said.
Kincaid is pulling for Jason Day — who has overcome dizzy spells to enter Sunday tied at 4-under with Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Branden Grace — to win.
So was Roger Yabu of University Place. The U.S. Open has taken away from his ability to jog Chambers Bay trail, but he could care less. He wants this thing to keep going, even if he doesn’t have the weekly package it would take to get into the course Monday for a potential playoff.
“I would if I could, though,” Yabu said.