Tigers’ Kelly low amateur at Masters

MU golfer started strong on Friday but missed cut after rough finish.
Sunday, April 8, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:48 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Missouri senior golfer John Kelly shot his second consecutive 77 on Friday, missing the cut at the Masters in Augusta, Ga. His 10-over par, two-round score of 154 was good enough, however, to make Kelly the low amateur at this year’s tournament, finishing in a tie for 66th.

Kelly, who qualified for the Masters by finishing second in last August’s U.S. Amateur, was 1-under par for the second round after 10 holes, and 4 over for the tournament, and had a chance to make the cut. But like his first round on Thursday, Kelly struggled on the 11th hole, recording a triple bogey to knock him back to 7 over for the tournament.

On the 12th hole, Kelly bogeyed again.

“It was déjà vu,” Kelly told “I did well on the front. Eleven and 12 kicked my butt again.”

On the par-4 13th, Kelly recorded his fourth birdie of the round to move back to 7 over for the tournament. But bogeys on 14, 16 and 17 sent Kelly to 10 over for the tournament, ending his chances of making the cut, which ended up at 8 over.

“This was a great learning experience,” Kelly said. “I can do nothing but build from this.”

Notable players who missed the cut included Sergio Garcia (10 over), Ernie Els (10 over) and Steve Stricker (12 over).

Both of Kelly’s opening-round playing partners made the cut. Davis Love III is 10 over and tied for 26th through three rounds, and Ben Crenshaw is 18 over and in a tie for 58th.

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