Planet Golf — 16 August 2018 by GW staff and news services
Kelly returns to defend Boeing title

SNOQUALMIE, Wa. – PGA Tour Champions season earnings leader Jerry Kelly is returning to defend his Boeing Classic championship, August 24-26 at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge.

Kelly will be joined by the next five players on the current Charles Schwab Money List, including Miguel Angel Jimenez, David Toms and Paul Broadhurst, who have combined to win four of the five major titles in 2018. All are early commitments to the Boeing Classic. The final field will be set Friday, August 17.

 Bidding to become the first repeat winner in the Boeing Classic’s 14 years, Kelly has been among the Tour frontrunners since notching his first career PGA Tour Champions victory here in 2017. He has 10 top-10 finishes, including one win and second-place tie at the U.S. Senior Open.

 “Jerry Kelly is a great story, having switched his clubs, his putter and his swing just prior to winning here a year ago,” said Boeing Classic Executive Director Brian Flajole. “We’ve never had a back-to-back winner, and Jerry’s going to be facing an extremely strong field of challengers.”

 Kelly shot a tournament-record, 19-under 197 to win the 2017 Boeing Classic. He was the first winner to hold or share the lead after each round.

 Jiménez won the Regions Tradition in May and added the Senior Open Championship on July 29.  Broadhurst claimed the Senior PGA Championship and Toms the U.S. Senior Open.

Other early commitments currently among the Charles Schwab Money List top 10 are Bernhard Langer, Scott McCarron, Tim Petrovic, and Joe Durant. Langer won the 2010 and 2016 Boeing Classic.

In addition to Kelly and Langer, other past winners to make commitments for this tournament are Tom Kite (2008), Loren Roberts (2009), Mark Calcavecchia (2011), Scott Dunlap (2014) and Billy Andrade (2015).

For Boeing Classic tickets and more information, visit BoeingClassic.com.

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