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Jason Kokrak gets second win faster, overcoming Jordan Spieth at Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas — Jason Kokrak performed in 233 PGA Tour occasions earlier than getting his first victory. The massive hitter didn’t have to attend almost as lengthy to win once more, and overcame a neighborhood favourite to do it at Colonial.

Kokrak shot an even-par 70 in a final-group showdown Sunday with resurgent Jordan Spieth, profitable the Charles Schwab Challenge at 14-under 266. He was two strokes higher than Spieth, who hit his strategy at No. 18 over the inexperienced and into the water.

While even on the day, Kokrak had 5 bogeys to go along with his 5 birdies. He twice wanted two pictures to get out of bunkers, and had back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 15 and 16.

But when he struck his closing 4-foot putt, he adopted the ball to the cup and eventually broke right into a smile when he pulled it out and celebrated with caddie David Robinson.

An enormous crowd adopted the one contending group all day, most of them ready to erupt for Dallas-native Spieth, who began the spherical with a one-stro-ke lead earlier than a bogey-filled 73. Instead of his second win at Colonial, he completed because the runner-up at Hogan’s Alley for the third time. It was nonetheless Spieth‘s eighth top-10 end in his final 11 begins this yr, yet another high 10 than he had the earlier two seasons mixed.

“They were definitely rooting for the guy next to me,” stated Kokrak, who tied for third at Colonial final June. “Both of us didn’t have our A-game today. We grinded it out.”

Kokrak, taking part in in his sixteenth event since profitable he CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in October, grew to become the third participant with two PGA Tour wins this season. He joined Bryson DeChambeau and Stewart Cink in that group.

Charley Hoffman completed in a four-way third at 10 below with a closing 65. He additionally had a tournament-best 62 on Friday, however that was sandwiched by a pair of over-par rounds (71 on Thursday and 72 on Saturday). Patton Kizzire (67), Sebastian Munoz (68) and Ian Poulter (68) had been additionally at 10-under 270. Troy Merritt was alongside in seventh at 7 below.

Sergio Garcia was in third place with the ultimate spherical started, 4 strokes behind Kokrak and 5 behind Garcia. But the 41-year-old Spaniard, who received the primary of his 11 PGA Tour wins 20 years in the past at Colonial, began with a wayward tee shot and bogeyed the opening par 5, then had had a three-putt for double bogey at No. 3. He shot a 76 and tied for twentieth at 276.

Kokrak took the lead for good with birdies at the longest and shortest holes, making a 13-foot putt at the 629-yard eleventh gap, an then a 17-footer off the perimeter at the 170-yard thirteenth after a tee shot the got here near going into the water fronting the par 3. Spieth solely had two birdies all day, the final with an strategy to lower than 2 toes on No. 9 that matched them at 14 below going to the again 9.

But Kokrak had shortly fallen two strokes behind after a bogey at the 551-yard opening gap, when his strategy went right into a greenside bunker and he didn’t get the ball out of there on the primary attempt.

But Spieth, who had solely two bogeys within the first 55 holes, then bogeyed three holes in a row – and had two extra on the again 9. He went in the best tough after which over the inexperienced on each Nos. 2 and three, then hit right into a bunker fronting the troublesome 241-yard, par-3 4th. He blasted to 6 toes, however his par try curled across the fringe of the cup and he needed to faucet in for bogey.

Instead of going forward at No. 4, Kokrak was even at 12 below due to his bogey after driving over the inexperienced. But Kokrak took the lead for the primary time with a 23-foot birdie putt at the fifth, earlier than each rolled in birdies at No. 6.

Kokrak then had his different bunker hassle, from the aspect of the No. 7 inexperienced, when he once more wanted two pictures to get out. That bogey tied them once more, with Spieth making par after a benefitting from tee shot large proper that hit a tree and ricocheted into the green.

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