(CNN) -- Jerry Kelly grabbed his first US Tour victory in seven years by taking the Zurich Classic by a single stroke in dramatic fashion in New Orleans on Sunday.
American Jerry Kelly secured his first win in seven years despite a topsy-turvy final round in New Orleans.
From three strokes clear with a round to go, the 42-year-old fell three behind after 10 holes, but then took advantage of a late collapse from Charles Howell.
Birdies at the 11th and short 14th were followed by four closing pars and that was just enough to give Kelly the title on 14-under-par.
While Kelly carded a 71, Howell returned a 68, but the 29-year-old's day will not be remembered for his six birdies in the first 11 holes, but for his bogeys at the 15th and 17th. Howell pulled a drive into sand for the first of them, then three-putted two holes later.
Unlucky when a 261-yard fairway wood to the par five last bounded over the green, he failed to get up and down and so had to settle for a share of second with South African Rory Sabbatini and Korean Charlie Wi.
First round leader Wi also carded a 68, but he missed a 13-foot birdie putt on the 18th as his wait for a first victory in America goes on.
It was Kelly's 200th US Tour event since his last success -- at the 2002 Western Open -- and only last week, troubled by a dislocated rib and 'flu, he walked off the course on the second day of the Vertizon Heritage after taking a 10 on one hole.