The PGA Tour is at the Greenbrier Classic this week, where La Quinta’s Troy Kelly came oh-so-close to his first PGA Tour win last year. Kelly went three playoff holes before falling to Ted Potter Jr. last July. But that second-place finish pushed Kelly to a British Open berth and into the FedEx Cup playoffs.
But Kelly won’t be in the field of the Greenbrier this week. In fact, Kelly hasn’t played a round on the PGA Tour since April 5.
Kelly fought knee trouble throughout the end of last year and the first part of this year, including a torn meniscus and an unstable ACL. Kelly had made the cut in just three of his 10 starts this year. Remember, Kelly had hip replacement on his left hip a few years ago, and the thinking is that all the time he was dragging his left hip around before the replacement, he was doing damage to his right knee. The injury has apparently forced Kelly off the tour for the rest of the year.
Kelly is likely looking at a medical exemptions for the 2013-2014 season, at least whenever he feels healthy enough to come back. Remember, the 2014 season actually begins with the last six events of the 2014 season.
Let’s hope that whether it’s in 2013 or 2014, Kelly comes back healthy and ready for more performances like he had at the 2012 Greenbrier.