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MADISON — Away from the clamor of the 18th green where Jerry Kelly was about to don the crown Sunday as repeat champion of the American Family Insurance Championship after holding off some of the biggest names on the PGA Tour Champions, a 71-year-old icon strolled onto the ninth green at Uni… Read more >

MADISON – This is one of the great party cities in the Midwest, but what happened on the 18th green at University Ridge late Sunday afternoon – as Madison's Jerry Kelly pulled off the improbable, repeating as AmFam champion – rivaled the Mifflin Street Block Party, tailgating at Badgers football games and Brat Fest for a crazy-good celebratory vibe. Read more >

MADISON — Jerry Kelly came within an inch of clearing the lip of a fairway bunker on the 18th hole Saturday at University Ridge Golf Course with a 6-iron, which could've been enough to reach the green, should've been enough to salvage a scrambling par and would've been enough to preserve his… Read more >

Miguel Angel Jimenez, Fred Couples, Jerry Kelly, Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk. With that kind of top 5 after the second round of the American Family Insurance Championship, is there a shootout in the cards for Sunday at University Ridge? Gary D'Amato and Rob Hernandez of Wisconsin.Golf break dow… Read more >

It has long been custom for soon-to-be 86-year-old Lee Kelly to bury feathers on the golf course while she watches her son Jerry play. "The birdies grow when you plant the feathers," Jerry explained. If Miguel Angel Jiménez keeps doing what he did during the opening round of the American Family Insurance Championship, however, Lee Kelly might need to enlist a more potent kind of feather. Read more >

The two-time U.S. Open champion, who calls Madison home and is beloved around these parts, worked hard on his game to get ready for this. Pride is a powerful motivator. Unfortunately, it can’t fix a balky back. "It’s disappointing not to play a little bit better," North said. "I hope I can get my body to work better tomorrow.” Read more >

Miguel Angel Jimenez had the Round of the Day, David Toms the Comeback of the Day ... and Nicki Stricker the Feat of the Day. There was also the first hole-in-one at the AmFam Championship since its inaugural year in 2016, a 336-yard par-4 registering as the hardest hole of the day, and a John Daly WD. Wisconsin.Golf's Gary D'Amato and Rob Hernandez catch you up on the action in their Day 1 Report Card from University Ridge. Read more >

Mario Tiziani reported for work the other day at University Ridge Golf Course and was directed toward the caddies’ lounge. “I said, ‘Actually, I’m going this way this week,’” Tiziani said. He pointed toward the players’ locker room. Steve Stricker’s brother-in-law and part-time caddie won’t have a golf bag slung over his shoulder at the American Family Insurance Championship. He’ll be reaching into his own bag and hoping to pull out some magic. Read more >

Armed with a one-stroke lead at the start of the day, Steve Stricker missed several short putts early in the round, opened bogey/double-bogey and — after going 69-68-67 over the first three days at Southern Hills Country Club — did not produce the matching digits that his arithmetic progression suggested would come Sunday in his bid to win his third career senior major. Not even close. Read more >

The Madison golfer and U.S. Ryder Cup captain hit 12 of 14 fairways for the second time this week and capitalized by hitting 14 of 18 greens — making him a tournament-best 42-for-54 for the week — and shooting 3-under-par. That got Stricker to 6-under 204 after 54 holes and moved him past second-round leader Mike Weir as he attempts to win his third PGA Tour Champions major. Read more >

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – There he was, in the middle of the gallery’s stampede to the 18th green on the Ocean Course, wearing aviator sunglasses even as shadows lengthened Sunday evening, flashing that familiar thumbs-up – a move straight out of Arnie’s book – at this moment undeniably the coolest guy on the planet. Phil Mickelson, 50, was about to win the 103rd PGA Championship.  Read more >

It’s a long way from UW-Stout, where Derek Holmes played on the men’s golf team, to the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island. Before this week, Holmes’ career highlight was playing in the NCAA Division III Championship. Suddenly, he’s rubbing elbows with Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka and playing practice rounds with Abraham Ancer and Y.E. Yang. Read more >

The likable Madison, Wis., businessman, who had transformed golf first with Softspikes and then with Laser Link Golf – dozens of imitators would follow – could sell swampland to a condo developer. But he ran face-first into a stiff-arm when it came to getting golf’s governing bodies to let players at the highest levels zap yardages with rangefinders. “What I am is Don Quixote,” he said, comparing himself to the literary tilter at windmills. “Rob Quixote, that’s me.” Read more >

The Ryder Cup captain and Madison native touched on a number of topics in a 30-minute pre-tournament news conference Wednesday ahead of this week's PGA Championship on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, including the state of his game, Tiger Woods, how he'll set up Whistling Straits for the Ryder Cup, his tournament schedule this summer, and the responsibility of being Ryder Cup captain in his home state. Read more >

Mario Tiziani walked away from professional golf in 2007 and regained his amateur standing six years later with the idea that he would play more competitive golf in a less demanding environment and, in time, rediscover his love for a game that has been linked to his family name for generations. Read more >

As tournament host Steve Stricker's face lit up Monday with a grin that stretched from ear-to-ear, Andy North — the two-time U.S. Open champion from Wisconsin and Stricker's idol for as long as he can remember — cautioned to everyone on an American Family Insurance Championship Media Day Zoo… Read more >

Steve Stricker didn't mince words Sunday as the Madison golfer came to grips with having his third career major championship on the PGA Tour Champions slip through his grasp. "It stinks, really!" Stricker wrote in a text to Wisconsin.Golf after losing in a playoff to Germany's Alex Cejka at the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Ala. "I played so well again and my putter let me down (Sunday)." Read more >

Scott Evans has a pretty good understanding of what Hideki Matsuyama’s victory in the Masters last weekend means to the Japanese. Evans was the head PGA golf professional at Brown Deer Park when Shigeki Maruyama won the 2001 Greater Milwaukee Open to become the first Japanese golfer to win a PGA Tour event on the U.S. mainland. Read more >

Jerry Kelly has spent four years chasing Bernhard Langer and the high bar that the 63-year-old German sets annually on the PGA Tour Champions. In doing so, the Madison golfer has come to admire Langer for more than his 41 victories on the senior circuit and the consistency of his performance year-in and year-out. Kelly has also been taking note of how ageless Langer appears. Read more >

Wisconsin’s reputation as the “home of championships” continues to grow. The U.S. Senior Open will be the ninth USGA championship held in Wisconsin since 2007 and will be sandwiched by the 2022 U.S. Mid-Amateur and the 2025 U.S. Women’s Open, both at Erin Hills. And, of course, the one-year-delayed Ryder Cup is scheduled to be held in September at Whistling Straits. Read more >

Steve Stricker spent so much of his day Sunday pulling for Brooks Koepka to start making Stricker's role as U.S. Ryder Cup captain easier that the Madison golfer didn't realize that, in the process, Koepka was making Stricker's quest to become the oldest tournament winner in PGA Tour history… Read more >

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The U.S. Ryder Cup captain liked what he saw of the leaderboard Saturday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open a lot more than the golfer battling to become the oldest winner in PGA Tour history did. Either way, and even five strokes off the lead entering the final round, Steve Stricker is looking forward to a super Sunday at TPC Scottsdale. Read more >

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Steve Stricker made sure Padraig Harrington knew what he was in for Thursday as they left the first tee at TPC Scottsdale with playing partner Jerry Kelly, who — like Stricker — calls Wisconsin home. "Walking off the first tee ... I said 'Paddy, we got two Badgers against you today,'" Stricker, the U.S. Ryder Cup captain, said of his European counterpart. "He was like 'Well, I need to get used to that, I guess.'" Read more >