"It was '02. Oh, too long ago," Kelly said Saturday.
He could be 18 holes away from ending that almost five-year dry spell since the 2002 Western Open.
Kelly used a hole-in-one to move past a fading Ernie Els and into a one-shot lead at the Verizon Heritage.
When Kelly stepped to the par-3 fourth hole, he was two shots behind Els. But Kelly stunningly caught his playing partner with a 4-iron shot that hit the green, bounced to the flag stick and dropped in.
And Kelly wasn't done.
He tapped in for birdie on the next hole to move in front, then added two more birdies to extend the lead to two shots. When Kelly knocked in an 8-footer for birdie on the 12th hole, he was three strokes ahead of the field.
Kelly finished with a 67 and, at 13 under, stood a stroke ahead of Els (71), who made a 35-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole, and Kevin Na (66).
Masters winner Zach Johnson kept up his inspired play after his emotional, draining triumph at Augusta National. His 66 left him four shots back along with Stephen Ames (64), Vaughn Taylor (67), Sean O'Hair (69) and Stephen Leaney (70).
REUNION, Fla. - For three days, Lorena Ochoa and Laura Davies have matched each other shot for shot at the Ginn Open, finishing every round tied for the lead.
Today, if Ochoa can pull away, the 25-year-old Mexican star will pass Annika Sorenstam - who withdrew from the Ginn because of ruptured and bulging disks in her back - as the world's top- ranked player.
The reigning LPGA Tour Player of the Year matched Davies with a 2-under 70, leaving them tied at 14 under through three rounds. Both birdied the final hole to move four shots ahead of Brittany Lincicome (67) and Natalie Gulbis (71).
Lincicome - the winner of last season's World Match Play Championship - started the day seven shots back, but used five birdies and an eagle to make a move and earn a spot in today's final threesome with Davies and Ochoa.