Kokrak collects four birds in a row and wins the Houston Open
Houston Jason Kokrac had reason to believe he shot himself from the Houston Open in the back at 9 a.m. Saturday. He played it better with ten shots when it counted on Sunday afternoon, making it four straight birdies for the Under-65s and a two-shot victory.
Two strikes behind with six holes to play, Kokrac threw all the right shots to break away from Scotty Scheffler and a lackluster Martin Trainer and win for the third time in the past 13 months.
“You are very blessed to be here,” said Kokrak.
Kokrak couldn’t help but think of Saturday morning, when he came back to complete Round Two and went the other way. He played seven holes in 7-over par par 41 which left him 10 shots after 36 holes.
What a Sunday makeover.
Kokrak drilled a 12-foot birdie on the 13th to get the mix, then put a 25-foot birdie into hole 14, the hardest hole in Memorial Park, for a single shot. He hit a wedge on the 115-yard 15th hole with a 6-foot front pin to hook up the lead.
He had enough mud on his golf ball from the rain earlier in the week that he chose to lie on the 5 16 par, even though he could have hit the middle of the iron. Kokrak hit a wedge to 5 feet for a fourth straight bird.
By then, he was on his way and finished at the age of ten under 270.
Scheffler, after his first win on the PGA Tour, was ahead by two shots when he took the role. He didn’t hit the green on the list until the 15th, making three soft ghosts that left him way too late for a run.
Schaeffler had a double-hit longbird on the 16th to come close to three shots and nearly come close to the green in the fourth of 17, only to hit a slide and fail to make a birdie. He knocked out the final hole of 69 and tied with Kevin Toei (68).
Trainer, who has only cut for the ninth time in 71 games since winning the 2019 Puerto Rican Open, took the lead on hole 11 by rolling a 70-foot birdie across the green, then calmly saved the tie by eight. foot hit.
But he couldn’t make up for some scoring holes, took a bogey on the 14th and then came back for good again with a bogey in his last two holes for 70.
Matthew Wolff was among six players to have at least a share of the lead in the opening hour, thanks to five players who were within one shot of Scheffler to start the final round.
He fell again with a ghost, then punched a hole in one with a 9 iron in degree 3 to get back into the mix, but only briefly.
Kokrak went 232 off the PGA Tour before his first win, and now has three in his last 27 starts going back to the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek north of Las Vegas a year ago in October. He also won the Colonial in the spring.
Moves to 22nd place in the world rankings.
He shot 41 in the back at nine to complete his second round Saturday morning, when it was cold and “I didn’t have my best.” Kokrak was stealth free and was shot 31 Sunday afternoon.
“I made some hits,” he said. “That’s what kept me in it.”
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