Round of the day
Kevin Sutherland. The 54-year-old from Sacramento, California, continued to build on his reputation as "Mr. Sunday" on PGA Tour Champions by matching the tournament course record with a 9-under-par 63 and moving up 23 spots into a tie for fifth place at 13-under 203. It is the third time this year that Sutherland has shot 63 or lower in the final round of an event, the most recent coming at the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines, Iowa, where he shot 72-65-62 and topped Scott Parel in a two-hole playoff. "At Des Moines, I played very poorly the first day, but the second round I actually played pretty well and, obviously, the last round was just unbelievable. So it was a little bit like that this week." His 63 Sunday followed back-to-back rounds of 70.
Comeback of the day
John Daly. The 1991 PGA and 1995 British Open champion birdied three holes in a row and four of five on the back nine on his way to a 5-under-par 31 that helped Daly salvage a 6-under 66 (his best score since shooting 66 in the 2018 3M Championship) and, in a tie for fifth place, his best individual finish since a tie for fourth at the 2017 Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Shot of the day
John Daly. The fan favorite went out with a bang, blasting his approach shot to the 18th green off the the grandstands and onto the green, about 8 feet away. He missed his birdie putt and settled for par in a final-round 66, then beat a path for the exits after declining a request for media interviews.
Prediction of the week
Kirk Triplett. The 2016 AmFam champion called the PGA Tour Champions a "5-under-a-day" tour when he shot a 5-under 67 in the opening round, but still trailed Kelly by two shots. It turned out that 15-under was, indeed, good enough to get into the playoff to decide the 2019 champion — Stricker shot three straight 67s — but it took Kelly one more birdie to walk away a winner. "He's right," Kevin Sutherland said after his 63. "Almost every week, 15-under is the score that wins. Occasionally, a 10(-under) will win; ... occasionally a 20 will win, but 15's about the number every week."
Putt of the day
Jerry Kelly. Short putts were becoming golfers' kryptonite late in the day Sunday after Kelly, Retief Goosen, Steve Stricker and Duffy Waldorf each authored tale of woe with the flat stick, largely on the 18th green where, in Goosen's words, "It just shouldn't break that much." When given the chance to finally end the playoff on the 15th green on the third extra hole, Kelly converted. He poured in his 8-footer for birdie to eliminate Goosen and become a winner on the PGA Tour Champions for the fourth time.
"I guarantee you I'm going to have dreams that that didn't go in and I went and celebrated and they're like 'You're going to have to come back and make the next one,'" Kelly said, laughing. "It was one of the best putts I ever hit. I really enjoyed it. That was almost a cup out and it was downhill at the end, so it had to be great speed and great line. I was happy with it."
Tweet of the day
@ChampionsTour. Lee Kelly, who will turn 84 next month, used to track her son's every shot, every fairway and green hit and every putt stroked going back to Jerry Kelly's days on the T.C. Jordan Tour. These days, she walks the course for fun when she is able to follow Jerry on the PGA Tour Champions, telling Wisconsin.golf that she skipped just three holes on the front and one on the back while Jerry rallied from two shots back to win the AmFam title. Afterward, mother and son shared a very special hug after his playoff win.
No. 4. The 444-yard par 4 completed a wire-to-wire distinction as the toughest hole on the course with a 4.244 average in Round 3. There were 19 bogeys, three double-bogeys and six birdies to go with 50 pars on the hole Sunday that played to a 4.338 average for the week and yielded just 19 birdies — tying No. 18 for fewest over the entire week.
No. 2. The 555-yard par 5 was again set in the middle of three consecutive easy holes to start the round and get the scoring started. It did just that Sunday, yielding the only four eagles on the course in addition to 37 birdies and 34 pars (vs. two bogeys and one double-bogey). It played to a 4.474 average during the final round and a 4.594 for the week.
How golfers with Wisconsin ties fared:
Jerry Kelly, Madison: 65-70-66 (P1)
Steve Stricker, Madison: 67-67-67 (T2)
- Dan Forsman, Rhinelander: 73-68-75 (T58)
- Skip Kendall, Fox Point: 75-74-71 (71st)
You should know
Eric Meller. Jerry Kelly's caddie for the past 13 years, the Fayetteville, N.C., native knows just how to manage his oft-fiery player and had to do it again Sunday. We caught up with Meller to find out how he and Kelly navigated the tension before and during the playoff at the AmFam Championship.
By the numbers
2: Both the number Jerry Kelly reached on the Charles Schwab Cup standings by virtue of his victory and the number of Wisconsin golfers in the top 10. Kelly's $360,000 payday moves him over the $1 million mark at $1,013,473 -- still well behind No. 1 Scott McCarron ($1,787,761). Fellow Madison golfer Steve Stricker joined the fray at No. 10 with $702,327.
3: The number of Monday qualifiers to finish among the top 30 in the 78-player field. Omar Uresti, who closed 66-69, led the way in 22nd place at 7-under 209 while Gary Hallberg (6-under 210) tied for 26th and Dan Olsen (5-under 211) tied for 30th.
4: The number of come-from-behind winners at the AmFam Championship now that Kelly, who was tied for fifth two shots off the pace, rallied to become the first Wisconsin-born winner of the event. In 2018, Scott McCarron was tied for sixth, two shots back before winning by one over Kelly while Fred Couples and Kirk Triplett each rallied from three shots behind the final day to win in 2017 and 2016, respectively.