HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Jerry Kelly had himself an eventful Sunday.
Even before teeing off in the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, the Madison native and golf partner Aaron Rodgers confirmed in separate Tweets that they will again team up in three weeks at the AT&T Pebble Beach (Calif.) Pro-Am. Kelly and the Green Bay Packers quarterback have paired four times in the last five years, but have never made the 54-hole cut in the pro-am portion of one of the PGA Tour's most storied events.
Then Kelly went out and posted his best finish on the PGA Tour since 2016.
The 2002 Sony Open champion birdied three of his last four holes to shoot a 4-under-par 66 at Waialae CC and jump seven spots to finish in a tie for 14th place at 12-under 268. He finished five shots behind winner Patton Kizzire, who shot 68 and then outlasted James Hahn (62) in a six-hole playoff.
Kelly shared the distinction of being the low past champion with 2017 winner Justin Thomas and 2009 champ Zach Johnson. Kelly, 51, who won twice last year on the PGA Tour Champions, hadn't finished inside the top 15 on the PGA Tour since finishing runner-up at the Travelers Championship in 2016 at Hartford, Connecticut, the same city in which he attended college.
For the second day in a row, Kelly started his round with a bogey at No. 1. But he rebounded with six pars and birdies at Nos. 3 and 9 to turn in 1-under 34.
Another bogey at No. 10 dropped him back to even-par for the day, but that's where Kelly made his move. He birdied No. 12 to get to 1-under and then closed with a flurry, making birdies at Nos. 15, 17 and 18 to end the week.
Kelly will remain in Hawaii this week and compete in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai. The first official event on the PGA Tour Champions schedule, the winners-only gathering features tournament champions from the 2016 and 2017 season, winners of major championships since 2013, active members of the World Golf Hall of Fame) plus 10 invited professionals with five or more career victories.