Kelly Kraft
Kelly Kraft
31-Year-Old Golfer
Injury Hip
Est. Return 8/20/2020
2019–20 Fantasy Outlook
Kraft began his PGA Tour journey four seasons ago and has little success as he finished 165th in the FedEx standings. The following season, he parlayed his limited privileges into two top-3s and regained his card. In the two seasons since, he has posted a runner-up showing each year, which has kept him safely inside the top-125. The problem is, he plays nearly 30 times each season and generally ends up with a top-10 only 10% of the time. There doesn't appear to be a lot of upside with Kraft, which means he's not a good salary cap option this season. Read Past Outlooks
Remains on mend from hip surgery
March 10, 2020
Kraft won't participate in this week's Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass while he continues to recover from left hip surgery, Greg Gottfried of Golf Digest reports.
Kraft hasn't taken part in a PGA Tour event since The Northern Trust tournament last August. He announced later that month via his personal Instagram account that he would require surgery to address the hip injury he battled throughout the 2019 season. It's unclear where Kraft currently stands in his recovery, but the expectation is that he'll resume competition at some point in 2020.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Kelly Kraft
Golf Draft Kit: 2019-20 Projected Earnings
350 days ago
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Golf Draft Kit: 2019-20 Best Values
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Golf Draft Kit: 2019-20 Rankings & Profiles
350 days ago
Greg Vara and the RotoWire golf crew rank the 2019-20 golfers with projected earnings and season outlooks, as Brooks Koepka has settled the debate over the world's best golfer.
U.S. Open Value Meter
U.S. Open Value Meter
June 7, 2019
June 7, 2019
When it comes to major championships these days, it's Brooks Koepka's world, and we're all just living in it. Len Hochberg ranks the field for the upcoming U.S. Open, and there's no surprise at the very top.
Golf Barometer: Content With Kuch
February 8, 2019
Matt Kuchar lands among the 'Risers' in this week's Golf Barometer after notching a T4 in Scottsdale, marking his third top-5 in five starts.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Kraft has been the model of consistency over the past two seasons, Consistency from season to season that is. His past two seasons have been nearly identical and each has resulted in full playing privileges the following season. That's about where Kraft is right now however. He has a runner-up and a 3rd-place finish in each of the past two seasons, but he hasn't threatened to crack the top-30 on the PGA Tour. Conversely, he hasn't had to sweat out the top-125 either. He plays a lot, but doesn't make a high percentage of cuts. When he does make the cut however, there's a decent chance that he's going to make a run. At 29 years of age, with three years on the PGA Tour under his belt, he should be nearing his peak. The problem is, the peak doesn't look awfully high at the moment. Kraft will likely end the 2018-2019 season in a similar position to his previous two seasons.
Kraft failed to secure his full playing privileges during his rookie season of 2015-16 , but he made sure not to fail again during his second season. Kraft is anything but consistent, but from time to time, he's really good. Kraft proved as much when he finished runner-up at the AT&T Pro-Am in February and proceeded to back that up with top-5s at the Zurich Classic and the Greenbrier Classic. Kraft will need to show some more consistency in order to take his game to the next level, however. Kraft should improve this season, but not enough to justify a salary cap selection this season.
Kraft rode a rollercoaster last season. He struggled out of the gate in his first full season on the PGA Tour to miss four of six cuts but then went on a run at season's end, making five of six, including a T5 at the John Deere Classic. He still needed a trip to the Finals to secure his 2016-17 card but missed the first two cuts before a T5 at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship saved him. Perhaps more familiarity with PGA courses will help his consistency in his second year on tour.
Kraft, Southern Methodist University senior, won the 2011 U. S. Amateur, 2-up, over Patrick Cantlay.
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Late addition to Charles Schwab Challenge
May 23, 2019
Kraft will join the field for the Charles Schwab Challenge, taking the spot of Louis Oosthuizen, who was forced to withdraw due to a neck injury.
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Added to PGA Championship field
May 13, 2019
Kraft was added to the field for this week's PGA Championship.
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Posts T13 at Zurich Classic
April 29, 2019
Kraft and Kevin Tway carded a one-under 71 in the final round of the Zurich Classic to finish in a tie for 13th place.
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T5 at Corales Championship
April 1, 2019
Kraft fired a four-under 68 on Sunday at the Corales Championship to finish 15-under and tied for fifth.
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Bounces back from MC streak
February 18, 2019
Kraft closed with an even-par 71 on Sunday at the Genesis Open to finish seven-under and tied for ninth.
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