The GMO is pretty much even with the U.S. Open. It's definitely closer to my heart than the Masters, the British and the PGA, Kelly has said.
The GMO ' Greater Milwaukee Open ' is now the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. And Kelly being a natural-born Cheesehead, the fans feel about him the way he feels about the tournament.
Go, Jerry! Go, Jerry!
Those chants reverberate through the crowd when the Madison native competes at Brown Deer Park Golf Club. And Kelly has given them plenty to cheer about over the years. He lost to Loren Roberts in a playoff in 1996. He then took the 54-hole lead in 1999, only to shoot 71 on Sunday and tie for third. Last year he was one off the third-round lead, but again shot 71 to tie for 12th.
Kelly isnt the only Wisconsinite to garner local support. J.P Hayes, Skip Kendall and Steve Stricker all hail from the Badger State.
Kendall, like Kelly, is making the start after competing in last weeks British Open in Scotland.
Winless in his 10th full season on tour, Kendall held the mid-way lead at Royal Troon. He settled for a tie for 11th
While this is the only regular tour event staged annually in Wisconsin, many in the field will return in three weeks for the PGA Championship, which will be held at Whistling Straights in Kohler.
This is the 37th edition of the newly named tournament. Brown Deer Park ' a par-70, 6,759-yard municipal track ' is the venue for the 11th consecutive season.
Kenny Perry knows a thing or two about public courses; he own one in Kentucky. Perry is the owner of Country Creek in his hometown of Franklin.
And last year, he owned Brown Deer Park ' at least over the weekend.
I love it here, he said prior to the start of the tournament. The golf course fits my game perfectly. I just have good feelings here. I just like the style of play here.
Perry entered the weekend of last years U.S. Bank Championship ' which was played the week before the British Open ' four off the lead, and then shot a pair of 66s to win by a stroke over Steve Allan. It was his third victory of the season, and his most recent to date.
Perry has been unable to duplicate the remarkable season he produced a year ago, when he recorded three victories and pocketed over $4.4 million. Entering this week, he has five top-10s, but no titles.
There is good news for Perry, however. There have been six multiple champions in this event. And over the last nine years there have been only six different winners. Scott Hoch won in 1995 and 97. Loren Roberts prevailed in 1996 and 2000. And Jeff Sluman was triumphant in 1998 and 2002.