PowerShares QQQ | Jerry Kelly

Madison's Jerry Kelly watches his approach shot Sunday at the PowerShares QQQ Championship in Thousand Oaks, California.

Wisconsin.Golf photo / Rob Hernandez

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- A bogey on the first hole left Jerry Kelly with a bad taste in his mouth.

The Madison golfer wasn't able to get rid of it until well into the back nine in the third round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

By then, he had lost his chance to gain ground on the leaders and wound up dropping nine spots on the leaderboard despite rallying for a 1-under-par 69 -- his third straight sub-70 score of the week. His 54-hole total of 8-under 202 was good for a tie for 21st place, eight shots behind leader Tom Hoge, who followed up a pair of 65s with a 6-under 64 and led Patton Kizzire (64) and second-round leader Brian Harmon (68) by one shot.

Kelly faltered early in his round, starting with a bogey on No. 1 and, after five straight pars, making another bogey to go to 2-over. He stopped the bleeding with a birdie on No. 9 to make the turn in 1-over 36, added another birdie at No. 10, strung two more birdies together at Nos. 13 and 14 only to bogey 15 to fall out of the top 15 and par his final three holes.

If Kelly can hold his position or better it, it will mark his best performance on the PGA Tour since a runner-up showing at the 2016 Traveler's Championship.