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He starting playing golf again five months later, but it took up to a year before he felt his muscle strength was back to normal. He was 11th in winnings last year on the former Nationwide Tour and moved up to the PGA Tour.

The new hip hasn’t made his golf game exponentially better. He has made seven cuts in 15 events this year but has yet to finish in the top 30.

Kelly has had longtime problems with his putter. Ranked 464th in the world, he entered the Greenbrier Classic 174th in putting on the PGA Tour.

On Saturday, Kelly made five birdies on the front nine and had three more on the back.

“I haven’t made a lot of putts pretty much the whole year,” Kelly said. “It’s just good to see some putts go in. I had fun today.”

Holmes believes his swing and judgment on yardages have become more consistent over the past six weeks and he isn’t having as much stiffness in his neck.

“I feel like I’ve improved a whole lot and really narrowing it down and getting back to where I was,” Holmes said.

The 43-year-old Duke has five top-10 finishes this year. He has finished second three times in his PGA Tour career. Four birdies on the back nine put him in contention for that elusive first win.

“There’s something missing,” Duke said. “I’m not focusing the entire day, so there’s about an hour or so in there that I’m not focused, so I’m working on that. You know, if we keep knocking on the door, maybe it will open. You just never know.”

Ted Potter Jr. (64) was sixth at 10 under, four strokes behind Simpson. Blake Adams (64), Graham DeLaet (64), Charlie Wi (68) and Martin Flores (69) were 9 under.