FORT WORTH, Texas – Jason Kokrak played 233 PGA Tour events before claiming his first victory. The great shooter didn’t have to wait that long to win again and outplayed the local favorite at the Colonial Country Club.
Kokrak finished with 70 strokes, equal to par, in Sunday’s final group match with an improved Jordan Spieth and took the Charles Schwab Challenge with 14 under par and 266 strokes. He finished two strokes clear of Spieth, who shot over the green on the 18th hole and into the water.
Kokrak threw a round even, with five bogeys and five birdies. Twice he needed two shots to get out of the trap and bogeyed back-to-back holes.
But when he hit his last 4-foot putt, he followed the ball into the hole and finally smiled as he pulled the ball out to celebrate with his caddy David Robinson.
A large crowd followed the group of contenders, most hoping to celebrate with Spieth, who is a Dallas native, and started the round with a stroke lead but had a bogey-ridden round to finish with 73 strokes.
Instead of getting his second win at Colonial, he was runner-up at Hogan’s Alley for the third time. It is the eighth time he has finished in the top 10 in 11 tournaments this year, one more than in the previous two seasons.
“They were definitely supporting the home player,” admitted Kokrak, who tied for third last June at Colonial. “Neither of us had our best game today. We had to fight it ”.