AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Jerry Kelly won the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship for the second time in three years on Sunday, escaping with two late birdies to beat defending champion Steve Stricker by two strokes.
Kelly closed with a 2-under 68, taking the lead with a 15-foot birdie putt from the bangs on the par-5 16 and running in a 10-footer on the par-4 17. He finished at 11-under 269 on the Firestone South Course.
Kelly also won at Firestone in August 2020 and finished second last year. The 55-year-old from Madison, Wisconsin has 10 PGA Tour Champions victories, also winning the Principal Charity Classic last month in Iowa, after winning the PGA Tour three times.
Stricker, 55, also of Madison, tied Kelly with a closing 68. Sticker missed a chance for his second major victory of the season after winning the Regions Tradition in May in Alabama.
Steve Alker bogeyed the par-4 18th to tie for third with Ernie Els at 8 under. A three-time winner this season and Charles Schwab Cup points leader, Alker shot a 69. Els finished with a 68.
Stephen Ames (65) was 6 under with Ken Duke (66), Woody Austin (68) and Alex Cejka (73).