On Friday, Jerry Kelly shot a 7-under 65 to take the lead in the first round of the PGA TOUR Champions Dominion Energy Charity Classic at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond.

Kelly, who is fourth in the Schwab Cup playoff standings, held a two-stroke lead over a field of four including Miguel Angel Jimenez, who is fifth in the Cup race.

“Yeah, I mean, I like good starts, but that’s all they are, they’re good starts,” Kelly said. “I would love to be in the lead and have a nice finish, that would be really cool. Yeah, as long as I can stay in position, I’m just trying to close it on Sunday.

The Dominion is the first of three Schwab Cup playoff events, and Kelly struck the opening shot in

pursuit of his first Charles Schwab Cup. He shot 5 under on the front nine and was on cruise control. He added two birdies on the back nine and had no bogeys.

Kelly was playing in the final group with Steven Alker, No. 1 in the Schwab Cup standings, and Padraig Harrington, who is No. 2. Harrington was in the group tied for second at 5 under until he double bogey the par-3 17th to go down to 3 under. But he managed to birdie the par-5 18th to join a group of nine players who were tied for sixth at 4 under, including defending Dominion and Schwab Cup champions Bernhard Langer and Ernie Els.

Only the top 54 players on the Schwab Cup leaderboard will advance to the next event, the TimberTech Championship in Boca Raton, Florida. The top 36 after that qualify for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.

The three players tied for second with Jimenez at 5 under are all looking to make meaningful moves in the standings. Glen Day, Joe Durant and Bob Estes would all jump more than 20 places. For Durant and Estes, it would earn them spots through to the final.

Estes had to forfeit before the final round of the SAS Championship last week due to back spasms.

“Of course, I’m hoping to get to Phoenix, but I just have to take it one lap, one tournament at a time to get there,” Estes said.

Alker finished 3 under, in an eight-man field tied for 15th.

“It was a little tough today,” said Alker, who hit just eight of 14 fairways to rank 54th in the field in driving accuracy. “I got off to a good start, hit the ball pretty well, hit a couple shots close, but the back nine just didn’t quite place my tee shots, missed a few greens. I just scrambled a bit, didn’t take advantage of the par 5s. Yeah, I felt like I left out a bit there.