Just two months ago, the formidable duo of Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods were fist-bumping as they finished with an undefeated record at the Presidents Cup team matches. On Sunday Stricker, who had a fantastic season with three PGA Tour wins, notched another team victory to close the year.
Exit, Tiger; Enter, Jerry Kelly.
The duo of Stricker and Kelly won Greg Norman’s Shark Shootout on Sunday, carding a total score of 26-under to best Kenny Perry and J.B. Holmes by a shot.
In the final-round scramble format, Stricker and Kelly fired a 13-under 59. The definitive moment occurred on the 17th hole when the dependable Stricker made an eagle, hitting the approach shot and sinking the putt.
It’s another feather in our cap. This is a lot of fun. We came here to have fun and to play well at the same time, and we did that. Just this whole year has been great. It’s been fun to be a part of what Jerry is doing, too. We pushed each other along. It was an easy partnership here. We get along great, and our games are very similar. It was a lot of fun. It just happened that we won. But it’s icing on the cake, really.
The two, who are both natives of Madison, WI, and were born exactly three months apart (!), have been good friends for a while, but apparently, their friendship has been upgraded — as Kelly quipped, “BFF forever now.”