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Kelly ends title drought in Zurich Classic

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  • Jerry Kelly grabs his first US Tour victory in seven years with New Orleans win
  • The American defeats a group of three by a stroke to claim the Zurich Classic
  • Charles Howell throws away victory after carding bogeys on the 15th and 17th
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(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.

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.

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