6 p.m. Grey Goatee Mean Time
VICTORIA, British Columbia – Jerry Kelly, the hottest player on the PGA Tour Champions lately, used his trademark steady head – and Lee Janzen’s double-bogey on No. 17 – to finish off a one-stroke victory at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship on Vancouver Island.
Tour rookie Kelly, 50, had a Sunday 68 to get to 14-under for the tournament for his second victory in three starts, with both titles – his first on the Champions tour – achieved in the Pacific precincts of Grey Goatee Nation (he won at the Boeing Classic near Seattle in late August).
“It feels great,” Kelly said. “You always want that validation after you win the first one. And to get it so soon, very surprised, but I’m just going to keep working hard.”
Kelly three-putted No. 13 to go two shots down on Janzen and David McKenzie. McKenzie, a Tuesday qualifier and the second-round co-leader, doubled 14 and eventually finished tied for third. Janzen faltered with a bogey on 15 and the double-bobble on 17, where he had to chip sideways out of a bush and then three-putted.
“My psyche’s not damaged over that,” Janzen said. “Stupid things happen on the golf course all the time. It’s not the first time I’ve hit a bad shot with a chance to win a tournament, so I’m not worried.”
Tommy Armour III, who shot himself into the meat of things with a Saturday 65, closed with a 68 to finish T3 with McKenzie.
4:26 p.m. Grey Goatee Mean Time: Janzen
VICTORIA, British Columbia — Lee Janzen, a two-time U.S. Open winner a long freaking time ago, has surged into the lead at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship. He’s at 16-under-par through 14 Sunday holes, one up on David McKenzie. Janzen shot 64 Saturday to move into contention two strokes behind co-leaders McKenzie and Jerry Smith.
Jerry Kelly bogeyed 13 to fall to 13-under, alone in third place. And Bernhard Langer — guess what — is at 12-under through 15 holes, ready to pounce should the leaders falter.
Smith, meanwhile, is 3-over on the day to fall into a tie for 8th place.
4 p.m. Grey Goatee Mean Time
If David McKenzie manages to win he will be the first open qualifier to claim a Champions Tour event since Willie Wood in 2012.
McKenzie’s at 15-under-par through 12 holes, 3-under for Sunday, and he can’t shake Lee Janzen. Janzen is 5-under through 14 holes to get to 15-under, t00. Jerry Kelly, playing with McKenzie in the final group, is at 13-under through 13.