We just posted a column I wrote about how Tom Watson’s loss in the British Open advanced the dominant theme in this year’s major championships, how the overwhelming sentimental favorites have had their hopes dashed after stirring runs in all three majors this year. Well, it goes to another major I didn’t mention. Wisconsin’s Jerry Kelly calls the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee one of his majors. So, of course, the home-state favorite got his heart broken Sunday, missing out on a playoff by a shot.
If you were too deflated to watch more golf after Watson’s loss Sunday, you missed Kelly’s bid later in the day. Four shots down starting the day, he grabbed a share of the lead with seven holes to go. He loves the event, and Wisconsinites love that he skipped the British Open to support the local tour stop. They also love that he’s reportedly working on a secret plan to save the tournament. U.S. Bank’s six-year run as title sponsor ended Sunday. Kelly sits on the tournament’s board of directors.
In the end, Kelly was a kindred spirit to Watson, but Kelly can still win a bigger struggle in the minds of his fans in Wisconsin if he’s really got a plan that will rescue the tournament.