British Open: Kelly misses cut after 76

Troy Kelly shot 6-over 76 in the second round of the British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club in England on Friday.

He was 8-over-par after 36 holes and didn’t make the cut.

Kelly was 1 over through seven holes, but took a triple bogey 7 on No. 7 and never got it going after that. I was told Kelly got a little TV time, but I didn’t see it. The cameras evidently caught him hitting out of one of those steep bunkers and he wound up in some deep rough. I’m guessing it was probably No. 7.

A couple weeks ago, after his second-place finish at the Greenbrier Classic, Kelly said he would likely skip next week’s Canadian Open. He’s played five straight weeks and six of the last seven. Kelly’s next tournament will be the Reno-Tahoe Open, which is Aug. 2-5 at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Montreux Golf & Country Club. The modified Stableford format will used in the PGA Tour event.

Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley (70-69—139) is currently tied for 15th. He tied for 44th in the Open Championship a year ago, which is his best finish in a major.

Stanley missed the cut at the U.S. Open in 2008, was 53rd at the U.S. Open in 2009 and missed the cut at the Masters and U.S. Open earlier this season. The former Clemson golfer was second at the Farmer’s Insurance Open in San Diego, losing in a playoff after leading by five strokes with nine holes to play. He came back the following week from eight strokes back on the final day to win the Phoenix Open, an unbelievable turnaround.

Kelly’s second-place finish at the Greenbrier was a similar feel-good story. The former Washington Husky All-American who grew up in Kitsap County was fighting hard to make enough dough to keep his card when he finally broke through during that memorable weekend in West Virginia.


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