Kelly Comes Up Short In Third Playoff At Greenbrier
July 8, 2012
WHITE SULFUR SPRINGS, W. Va. - Troy Kelly lost to Ted Potter Jr. on the third playoff hole at the Greenbrier Classic ending his bid to become the first Husky to win a PGA Tour stop since 1960.
Potter birdied the par-3 18th hole to end the playoff with Kelly waiting to tap in his par putt.
Kelly nearly lost on the second playoff hole, but a clutch putt forced the third hole. He sank a putt from just outside 20-feet to save par on the second playoff, while Potter had his birdie putt from just under five feet scoot around the hole.
Potter eagled the 17th hole in regulation and birdied No. 18 to force the playoff.
Kelly shot 4-under 66 in regulation, while Potter fired 64. Both ended regulation at 16-under par, two strokes better than the rest of the field.
The second-place finish was a career-best for Kelly, who was a Husky All-American in 1999 and 2000. He pocketed $658,800 for his four-day effort and moved up to 104th in the Fed-Ex Cup standings.
He was trying to become the first Husky to win a PGA Tour event since George Bayer in 1960. Bayer was a three-time winner on the PGA Tour.
Kelly wasn't the only former Husky making a splash in West Virginia. Richard Lee, a 2010 All-American, ended tied for 38th at -5.