(Image courtesy pgatour.com, tournament information courtesy PGA Tour Latinoamerica)
Tee-K Kelly has good reason to be pumped.
PGA Latinoamérica Tour
Tee-K Kelly held his own Carnival at the 64 Aberto do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro this week. His two round total of 140 (-2) easily qualified him for weekend play and a great opportunity to enhance his current 5th position in the PGA Latinoamérica Order of Merit.
Tee-K opened 1st round play at +1 through his opening eight holes. He turned things around with an eagle 2 on the 369 yard par-4 9th hole. Any shot that you can hole out from the fairway is a good shot. Well done, Tee-K. He made the turn at 34 (-1).
His back nine was pretty rocky with two bogeys through seven holes. Fortunately, he responded with birdies on his closing two holes to shoot an even par 36 on the back nine for a round of 70 (-1).
In Friday’s round, Tee-K was even par through four holes, then birdied the par-5 5th hole. Unfortunately, he double bogeyed the par-4 7th hole to make the turn at 36 (+1).
On his closing nine, Tee-K opened with birdies on #10 and #11. He finished with seven consecutive pars to close with 34 (-2) and another round of 70 (-1).
Getting back to the Order of Merit for a moment, entering this event, Tee-K is in 5th place. The top five earn status to to promotion to the next level tour, the Web.com Tour.
Some of the swing changes seemed to be taking hold, based on Tuesday’s round. I had a sketchy front nine (41) and a solid back nine (39) for a decent-enough 80. Driving, the short game and putting were at a pretty good level all round. The iron play improved as the round progressed.
I’m probably down to the last few weeks of play this season and the game is shaping up pretty well. Hopefully, the next few rounds will ingrain changes/improvements for next season.
We’ll be back Monday to recap Tee-K Kelly’s adventures in Rio de Janeiro. Or, at least his on course adventures…