So Much for Troy Kelly’s Home Course Advantage

Troy Kelly’s second PGA Tour event didn’t go so well.

After making the cut and getting a paycheck at the Sony Open in Hawaii, he finished dead last at the Bob Hope Classic in Palm Springs. Kelly lives in nearby La Quinta, and was familiar with all of the courses, but it didn’t do him any good. Here’s a brief recap of his final day. We call it the Kelly Watch:

How PGA Tour rookie Troy Kelly, who grew up in the area and played golf at Central Kitsap and the University of Washington, fared during Saturday’s fourth round of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, which is being played on four courses in the Palm Springs area:
Score: 6-over 78 on Bermuda Dunes course.
Where he stands: Kelly finished tied for 125 at 2-over and missed the cut (low 70 and ties advanced to the fifth round on Sunday).
Recap: It was a nightmare finish for Kelly, who made six bogeys and a double bogey to go along with two birdies. Playing on a sponsor’s exemption, a last-place finish in his backyard isn’t exactly a confidence-building performance. He was one of three players who failed to shoot below par through the opening 72 holes, fallling 35 shots off the pace. Brad Faxon and Peter Tomasulo were the others.

Next: He’ll get a couple weeks to get his game together before heading to Pebble Beach to play in the AT&T National Pro-Am on Feb. 12-15.

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