Troy Kelly starts 2014-15 PGA season with 1-under 71

Troy Kelly got his 2014-15 season off to a decent start, firing a 1-under 71 at the Frys.com Open. The Central Kitsap grad was one of the early starters and was tied for 41st as I write this, but there are still several players on the course (Silverado CC-North) in Napa, California.

Here’s the deal for Kelly: The 36-year-old, now living in Tacoma, has 12 starts left on a major medical extension to collect $563,133 or 353.837 FedExCup points to retain his PGA Tour status. He has just one top-35 finish in 54 PGA Tour starts, and he tied for first, losing a playoff to Ted Potter at The Greenbrier Classic in 2012. That got him a spot in the British Open.

Kelly couldn’t keep the momentum going, then he missed 11 months, recovering from knee surgery. He made just two of eight cuts on the Web.com Tour and missed cuts in both PGA events he played last year.

Chip shots: Kelly birdied three of his last four holes on Thursday, but also had bogeys on No. 14 and 16. … Andres Gonzales of Olympia, a Web.com grad, is leading the Frys.com Open with a 6-under 66. … The tour moves to Las Vegas next week for the Shiners Hospital for Children Open. You can follow the Frys.com Open here.

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