By Gary Van SickleJerry Kelly. My fellow Wisconsinite (yes, I live in Pittsburgh now, but
once a Badger Stater, always a Badger Stater) is on the cusp of
reviving his career with his first win since 2002. The pressure is
going to be thick and the pursuit intense.
He played a bogey-free third round, however, and handled the pressure
well. I like his chances. The posse. This leaderboard is unusually bunched. No doubt it's due to
the humid mornings, when the greens get a little more receptive before
baking out in the afternoon sun. So each day, the early tee-time
players move up and the later tee times, the leaders, stall or fall
back, bunching up the field. If the unexpected happens and Mr. Kelly
backs up, 38 players are bunched within five shots of second place.
This could turn into a one-lap NASCAR race or another Oklahoma-like
land rush. The 16th hole. Officials moved the tees up at the 16th Saturday to try
to tempt players into going for the green on the baked out, downwind
360-yard par 4 guarded by a pond. Ever since the U.S. Open at Torrey
Pines on Sunday, this has been the hottest trend in golf. And we like
it. I'm rooting for the tees to be up again today and the
million-to-one chance that we might see an ace on a par 4 on tour.