Kelly and Cejka share Firestone lead in senior players

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Jerry Kelly shot a 5-under 65 on Saturday for a share of the third-round lead with Alex Cejka in the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship.

The main winner of last month’s Charity Classic in Iowa, Kelly, 55, had six birdies and a bogey to tie Cejka at 9 under 201 on the South Course at Firestone Country Club.

“No. 1, put the ball in the fairway, so I can have control of my irons,” Kelly…

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Jerry Kelly shot a 5-under 65 on Saturday for a share of the third-round lead with Alex Cejka in the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship.

The main winner of last month’s Charity Classic in Iowa, Kelly, 55, had six birdies and a bogey to tie Cejka at 9 under 201 on the South Course at Firestone Country Club.

“No. 1, get the ball in the fairway, so I can control my irons,” Kelly said. “I’m not trying to overdo it with my iron shots, I just look good. And then the putter was better today.

Cejka birdied four of the last five holes for a 67. The 51-year-old Czech-born German is aiming for his third senior major title after winning the Tradition and Senior PGA Regions last year.

“It’s great to finish strong,” Cejka said. “I played pretty well all day, but I had a terrible start, I made two stupid bogeys. I had a lot of good chances, I couldn’t make a putt with great shots . It’s frustrating.”

Defending champion Steve Stricker (68) and Steven Alker (69) tied for third at 7 under. Ernie Els (69) was at 6 under.

“Only two shots back and a lot of golf to go,” Stricker said. “Eighteen holes over here, you can make up ground quickly, so that’s kind of what I have to do tomorrow.”

Stricker, the Regions Tradition in May, grew up playing against Kelly in their hometown of Madison, Wisconsin.

“He’s playing well here,” Stricker said. “It’s like the course he grew up on, just a bit longer, that’s all. I expect him to play well here. And yes, he will have a challenge tomorrow. There’s a lot of guys behind him.

Alker is a three-time winner this season and the Charles Schwab Cup points leader. The 51-year-old New Zealander won the Senior PGA Championship in late May in Michigan for his first senior major victory.

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