NORTON, Mass. — The only player older than Jerry Kelly in the field at this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship was Davis Love III.
After Monday’s final round, Kelly is the only one left. The soon-to-be 49-year-old moved from 94th to 65th in the FedExCup standings following a 1-over 72 Monday to finish in a tie for ninth at TPC Boston. Only the top 70 are eligible for the BMW Championship Sept. 17-20 at Conway Farms outside Chicago.
Late in the round, it didn’t look like Kelly would survive. He made three bogeys in a five-hole stretch. Then the short-hitting Wisconsin native hit a 309-yard drive on the par-5 18th, reached the green in two and two-putted from 34 feet for birdie.
In the process, Alex Cejka was knocked out.
“Absolutely,” Kelly said when asked if he knew his position on the last. “Trust me, I knew I had to make birdie to get in. I knew top-10 would get in.”
And with that Kelly advances to what effectively will be a home game for him, and to a course that should suit his game.
“I mean I’m an old guy, I’m still hanging with these guys as much as I can,” he said. “Play Conway really short, that will help.”
BUBBLE BOY: Only the top 30 in the FedExCup standings following the BMW Championship will move on to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, where the FedExCup winner will be determined. The player currently on the hot seat following the Deutsche Bank Championship is Louis Oosthuizen. The South African tied for 12th at TPC Boston, where he shot a final-round 71. The finish actually moved him up in the standings as he climbed from 38th to 30th.
MOVED IN/MOVED OUT: There were four players who began the week outside the top 70 in the standings who moved inside the magic number to advance to the BMW Championship.
In addition to Kelly, Hunter Mahan, Keegan Bradley and William McGirt all advanced.
McGirt did it in one of the more dramatic ways. He holed out for eagle on the 17th hole. That helped move him from 88th to 68th.
“It just landed in the shadow,” McGirt said of the approach from 168 yards. “The hole was in the shadow so we couldn’t see it. I was just trying to hold off a 7-iron and hoping the wind wouldn’t take it right. It came off perfect.”
Mahan, meanwhile, kept his Playoffs streak of having played every event since its inception alive thanks to a final-round 70 to tie for fourth. He moved from 91st before the Deutsche Bank Championship to 52nd after it.
Bradley jumped from 71st to 63rd in the FedExCup standings after a final-round 69 to tie for 25th.
The four players who started inside the top 70 and fell out were: Marc Leishman (61st to 72nd), Jim Herman (64th to 74th), Kevin Streelman (65th to 75th) and Boo Weekley (70th to 76th).
Leishman and Herman each missed the cut, while Streelman and Weekley finished 69th and 56th, respectively.
ELIMINATED: A number of players who began the week outside the top 70 were eliminated. They were: Alex Cejka (71st to 73rd), Jon Senden (73rd to 81st), Carl Pettersson (77th to 77th), Kyle Reifers (78th to 98th), Charles Howell III (79th to 74th), Luke Donald (80th to 87th), Hudson Swafford (81st to 93rd), Spencer Levin (82nd to 80th), Scott Pinckney (83rd to 76th), Camilo Villegas (84th to 99th), Morgan Hoffmann (85th to 72nd), Davis Love III (86th to 90th), Johnson Wager (87th to 92nd), Jason Dufner (88th to 82nd), Matt Every (89th to 75th), J.J. Henry (90th to 78th), Colt Knost (91st to 95th), Jason Gore (92nd to 79th), Carlos Ortiz (93rd to 83rd), Scott Brown (94th to 84th), Mark Wilson (95th to 85th), Chad Campbell (96th to 86th), Will Wilcox (97th to 89th), Chesson Hadley (98th to 97th), Martin Laird (99th to 96th) and Jason Kokrak (100th to 100th).