Kelly out of Honda Classic after first PGA Tour reshuffle

Troy Kelly is no longer in this week’s PGA Tour Honda Classic in Florida.
The former Washington Husky and Central Kitsap golfer dropped 10 spots to No. 31 after the Tour’s first reshuffle, which occurred following the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico, where Kelly posted his best Tour finish, a tie for 37th. The order is used to fill fields until the next reshuffle following the Houston Open, April 1.
Kelly, who has won $38,578 after making three cuts in the first six events, will play in the March 8-11 Puerto Rico Open, and might attempt to Monday qualify in the March 15-18 Transitions Championshp in Florida, said his father Bob Kelly. Bob said Troy also has a good chance of getting in the Houston Open.
Kelly will drop down and play in three Nationwide Tour events — the Chitimacha Louisiana Open (March 22-25 at Broussard, La.), the Soboba Golf Classic (April 5-8 at San Jacinto, Calif.) and the TPC Stronebrae Championshp (April 12-15 at Hayward, Calif.).
In you’re not familiar with how the reshuffle works, here’s an explanation. Kelly’s one of 50 players on Tour this year who either qualified through the Nationwide Tour (he was 11th in 2011) or Q-School. Based on how he finished last year, Kelly entered the PGA Tour ranked No. 21. After a tournament has been filled with past winners and the top 125 players on the previous year’s money list, players from the group of 50 fill the rest of slots in order according to their ranking.

Kelly ranks No. 41 in driving distance (295.5) on Tour and 142nd in stroke average (72.05). Click here for all of his Tour statistics.

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