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Jerry Kelly And Charles Howell Dueled For Top 25 All-Time Money Status!

Thanks to reader Lloyd for pointing out something I had to read twice to believe.

From Rex Hoggard, writing about the tournament-within-a tournament at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic between Jerry Kelly and Charles Howell.

At 25th in career earnings Kelly needed to stay there through Disney to be able to use a one-time Tour exemption in 2013, but he was just $61,331 ahead of Charles Howell III who was briefly tied for the lead on Saturday and playing solid golf.

“I did what I came here to do and that was to stay inside the top 25 in career money and it was shaky there for a while with Charles playing so well,” Kelly said.

Kelly closed with 66 for his “best round of the year by a long shot” to finish tied for ninth and earn $112,800, good enough to keep him $96,581 clear of Howell on the career list.

And in case you were wondering, Nos. 25 and 26 on the career money list have five PGA Tour wins between them! Three for Kelly, two for Howell.

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$24-million is an incredible reward for mediocrity.
11.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
Playing on the pga tour for any length of time is not mediocrity. Those guys are good is not just a tag line.
11.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Jemsek
These guys are entirely irrelevant to golf in an historical sense. Being in the top 25 all time on the money list does not compute.

They are maybe worth a couple hundred thousand a year a supporting cast members. $20 + million for their contribution is for reasons other than market forces - namely a tour policy board that is looks out for the interests of the tour's middle class and has been way too successful at convincing sponsors and star players that middling players need fortunes too.
11.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
ADG......there is no theatre without the players
11.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBuck
What Joe says. Having said that, returning to a Top-60 Exempt Tour (maybe 75) would churn things up a bit, for the better. That would also dampen the Twitter-sphere. Who are those guys? Mickelson, I know. He has a famous brother.
11.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Purses have blown past inflation in the post-Tiger era, so a simple "inflation calculator" can't simply plug the legends' earnings into an inflation calculator.

It'd be nice if the Tour created a "Realistic Career Earnings" stat, and goes back and reassigns present-day dollar values to all tourneys in the Tour's history.
11.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDrew S
99% of all golfers will never play in the same group with another person that breaks par.

99.9% of all golfers will never play in the same group with another person who has actually played in 10 or more PGA Tour events.

99.999% of all golfers will never play in the same group with a person that has won on the PGA Tour, much less a player who has won more than once on the PGA Tour.

Players with multiple PGA Tour wins truly have super elite skills and in my opinion minimizing the accomplishments of these two is shortsighted -- it's not their fault that the stated value of the currency they are competing for is so inflated vs. previous eras.

With all the wonks the Tour has floating around headquarters seems like they should be able to produce an inflation adjusted career money list, no?
11.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
good points well made Del.
11.12.2012 | Unregistered Commenterchico
Tx chico, but Geoff has really screwed me over now. I'm an admitted number-aholic and now I'm forced to go back and do some comparisons! My post was directed at other readers who may not have had the fortune of seeing skills like Jerry's and Charlie's up close and personal.
11.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
“I did what I came here to do and that was to stay inside the top 25 in career money and it was shaky there for a while with Charles playing so well,” sums up what is wrong with so much of professional golf. Too many men and women showing up with the objective of cashing a check instead of winning the tournament. That is the kind of effort and mentality that pisses people off about the government drones that work at DMV and other institutions. Unfortunately, statements similar to this are common place around the Tour, but you rarely hear criticism. Can you imagine the outcry if Walter Payton said he was focused on getting 56 yards in the season's last game so that he could collect a bonus for 1,200 rushing yards on the season?
11.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFifth Column
I'm not a number-a-holic, and I take relatively liyyle interest in the bread and butter PGA Tour events, but in the realm of simple perception I find the notion of Kelly and Howell duking ot out for a plac ein the "all time" top 25 staggering. When did I llast hear Jerry Kelly's name? Howell if I recall correctly had a decent outing some time in recent memory, but I also remember the days when he was touted as The Next Big Thing, the New Tiger, the Challenger -- not to be heard from again for years, and not much since that second win.

The "all-time" money list is of course risible. But I suppose it actually means the post-Tiger's-arrival money list, and that is even more shocking for these two. Must have a look at the rest of it one of these days.

I agree unreservedly with Fifth Column's remarks upon the stated goal. Don't ask this clown if golf is a sport.

And he doubtless held his nose and voted Romney.
11.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Fifth Column....are you in the 99.999%?
11.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Nothing else to say after Fifth Column, you nailed it.
11.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterQrispy2
It is absolutely stunning that Charles Howell has amassed that fortune. In 13 seasons as a professional, he is won a 3rd tier PGA Tour event (Nissan Open) and a 4th tier PGA Tour event (The Michelob).

He has never played in a Ryder Cup unlike Jeff Overton, Brett Wetterich, JJ Henry, Vaughn Talyor.

In 13 seasons he has had one top ten in a major - and that was a 10th place finish in an event won by Shaun Micheel. He has only one top ten in a WGC event which was a 9th place finish. In 13 years!!!! And yet, somehow he has raked in a $25 million fortune in winnings? Ass backward.
In terms of modus operandi, Chucky Three Sticks is Luke Donald's Mini Me.
11.12.2012 | Unregistered Commentersgolfer
Throughout pro sports, the drones are cashing in; *it is in all things popular* though...

As a vintage guitar collector/dealer I have seen plain jane '70's guitars go for 1000-3000, and they are 600 guitars.... the expensive real collectable stuff brings up the pedestrian stuff.

And so it is with golfers, baseball players, and all...the ''good players'' are rewarded well as the ''great players'' bring a real premium. Welcome to the unjust world of today...where ''good golf'' nets a top 25 money list career, and a 'good'' guitar costs 4 times what it is worth.

I have played with more than one PGA winner, and all...and I get it..the ''ripe ''seems to be that the top heavy winner/top 10 and a quick taper off of the balance, would lower the overall $$ of these ''pedestrian'' players.

Kelly and III have won that much money-- losing pitchers get 3 million a year, a '76 strat sells for $2300 and so it goes.
11.12.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

No, I'm not. I also know a handful of current and former tour players. All but one of them have won multiple times. They all would like to win, but winning isn't their primary concern. Keeping the card, keeping the card for enough years to get that sweet pension, having fun and getting free shit seem to be higher priorities. The gravy train is too good and who wants to develop a bad back hitting five irons all day? Besides, they don't have to outrun the bear, they just need to outrun the guy next to them. Also, many people coast when they get to the upper echelons of their career/sport. Being one of the best when compared to the general population doesn't immunize people from the natural desire to slack-off.
11.12.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFifth Column
DTF, I'm in a bit of a fog today, and having trouble comprehending your post. Are you saying JK is a "great player"? Honest question.
11.12.2012 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Yup Harv, I think Jerry is a "great player". Now, in the grand scheme of professional golf Jerry obviously isn't a Hall of Fame guy or anywhere close to it...but in my estimation all multiple winners on the PGA Tour are great players. And JFTR, I'm in the .00001% of all golfers that has played with more than one major champion ;-)

As for hammering on Jerry for his stated goal at Disney (to stay in all-time top-25), get real folks. Winning on the PGA Tour is EXTREMELY difficult. Jerry had to play 200 events before he got his first win which was Hawaii in 2002. He won Chicago the same year. Then didn't win again until New Orleans in 2009 (almost 43 at the time). He's now 46 years old, soon to be 47, and only hits it 276 off the tee. What do you expect him to say...."yeah, you know I really expect to win every time I tee it up, it's the only reason I come out to play -- to win". That would be stupid, people would look at him like he was crazy. These days I'd guess his main goal is to stay active, keep his card, and play it out until he turns 50 and hits the senior tour. There's nothing wrong with that.
11.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF

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