Jason Kokrak. Photo: Getty Images
Jason Kokrak’s career can hardly be called bright. Jason is making his 233rd start this week in the PGA Tour, where he has previously failed to win a single title. The final round of the CJ Cup tournament Kokrak started in the penultimate group, which Jason Day was forced to leave due to injury. Xander Schauffele, who played with Kokrak, told reporters that they had a lot of free time during the round, so they had enough time to talk.
During this unhurried conversation, Jason and Sonder decided the fate of the main prize (this week the total prize pool just fell short of $ 10 million). In the middle of the round, Kokrak produced a magnificent streak of seven holes, where he only once failed to issue a birdie, and yet Schofley stubbornly pursued his opponent and climbed twice to the top of the standings.
Sonder’s hopes for the title were dashed two holes to the finish when he first thwarted the drive and then failed to save par on a long 16th. In the very end, Jason shot an excellent 342 yards tee and finished his flawless round in the birdie, during which he also had the best putting.
“I’ve been on the PGA Tour for ten years now, so this is a pretty long career,” said 35-year-old Kokrak, who has previously finished three times a single step away from the title. – I have been waiting for this victory for a very long time, and that is why it is so special for me. Naturally, I was a little nervous. After the past lost victories, I had certain fears, but I managed to overcome them. “
Third place was shared by Russell Henley, who led by three strikes ahead of the final round, and Tyrrell Hatton, who celebrated his success at the Eurotour last weekend. In the final round, Hatton repeated the score 65 (-7), which allowed the Englishman to take the lead on the first day of the competition.
1 Jason Kokrak -20
2 Xander Schauffele -18
T3 Tyrrell Hatton -17
T3 Russell Henley -17