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Kokrak Wins CJ Cup at Shadow Creek PDF Print E-mail

 

Jason Kokrak celebrates after winning at Shadow Creek

 



NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — In his 10th season, in his 233rd

tournament, Jason Kokrak can finally call himself a PGA Tour winner.

Kokrak earned every bit of it Sunday in the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek.

He matched the best round of the tournament with an 8-under 64 to

overcome a three-shot deficit at the start and win a duel on the back

nine with Xander Schauffele. “Couldn't be happier," said Kokrak.


The timing couldn't be better. The CJ Cup moved from South Korea this

year to Shadow Creek because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kokrak is

an ambassador for MGM Resorts, which owns the prestigious Tom Fazio

design.


“It feels like home,” Kokrak said. “I've played this golf course enough

that I should know it by now.” Kokrak began to pull away with four

straight birdies on the front nine, and birdie putts from 20 feet and

18 feet to start the back nine stretched his lead to two shots.


Schauffele answered with three straight birdies, the last one a 45-footer

by using his putter from the thick collar of the 13th green to catch him.

Then, it was a matter of who blinked first.


That turned out to be Schauffele on the par-5 16th, when he only

managed to advance his shot from deep rough left of the fairway

some 85 yards into more rough. Swinging with all his might, his

third shot peeled off to the right into more rough well below the

green, and he made his only bogey in his round of 66.


Kokrak also was in the left rough, hacked out to the right rough and

put his third shot in the bunker. But he splashed it out to just inside

4 feet and made par for a one-shot lead, and Schauffele couldn't

catch up.


Kokrak, a 35-year-old from Ohio, all but clinched it when he drilled

his drive into the fairway on the par-5 18th, leaving only a short iron

to 25 feet. He two-putted for his final birdie of a round he won't soon

forget.


Russell Henley, who began the final round with a three-shot lead,

never got anything going early and fell behind when he bogeyed

the par-5 seventh and Kokrak was on his early run of birdies. Henley's

hopes ended on the reachable par-4 11th when he drove over the

green into thick rough and, facing a downhill chip, left it in the rough

short of the green and made bogey on the second-easiest scoring

hole at Shadow Creek. That put him four shots behind, and a late

push of birdies was never going to be enough.


He closed with a 70 and tied for third with Tyrrell Hatton, who was

coming off a victory last week in the BMW PGA Championship at

Wentworth. Hatton closed with a 65.


Kokrak played bogey-free on a course where trouble was never too

far away. Justin Thomas, within five shots of the lead, has two straight

bogeys on the front nine and three more in a four-hole stretch on the

back for a 74. Rory McIlroy was at least headed for a good finish until

he had a pair of bogeys and two double bogeys over the last five holes

for a 74.

Making it even tougher on Kokrak and Schauffele was Jason Day, the

third in their group, withdrew with a neck injury on the second hole.

That meant a twosome amidst a course filled with threesomes, and

a lot of waiting. They still played at the highest level, with Kokrak

delivering all the key putts.


Kokrak earned a spot in the Masters next month from reaching the

Tour Championship a year ago in August. Now he can plan on two

trips to Augusta National, qualifying for the 2021 tournament by

winning.




 
Laird Wins Playoff at Shriners PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Martin Laird reacts after draining the winning putt in Las Vegas.



LAS VEGAS — Martin Laird had a chance to win in regulation, but made

bogey on the 18th hole on Sunday to become the third-wheel in a sudden

death playoff. Redemption came with making a 20-foot birdie putt on the

second extra hole Sunday to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.


It was seven years without a victory for Laird, and in a season of the most

bizarre kind, the 37 year old journeyman from Scotland now finds himself

with new life and a kickstart to his career (after receiving a sponsor exemption

just to get in the field in Las Vegas). After a miraculous par save on the 17th,

he squandered the lead with a poor approach and chip on the 72nd hole. His

3 under par 68 put him at 23 under par tied with Matthew Wolff and

Austin Cook.


All three players made par on the first hole of the playoff, before Laird

drained the winner on 17. At 358th in the world entering the Shriners,

Laird now has a two-year exemption and a full schedule of Majors on

his itinerary.


54 hole leader Patrick Cantlay faltered early and never found his form,

closing with a final round 73.

 

Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Sergio Returns to the Winners Circle at Sanderson Farms Championship PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Sergio Garcia celebrates after his first PGA Tour win since 2017.


 


Jackson, Mississippi - Sergio Garcia hadn't won on the PGA Tour since

capturing his first major championship at the Masters three years ago.

In 2020, he failed to make the FedEx Cup playoffs and fell out of the

top 50 in the world for the first time since 2011. His first visit to the

Country Club of Jackson for the Sanderson Farms Championship changed

everything.


Garcia took the lead after his flawless 5-wood approach from 260 yards

out on the par 5 fourteenth set up an eagle putt from just inside 4 feet

to tie for the lead. He sealed the deal with an 8-iron to two feet for birdie

on 482 yard eighteenth for a final round 67 (-19) and a one-stroke victory.

Afterwards Sergio was emotional, revealing that he had lost two uncles

recently to Covid-19, and that this one was for his Dad, “The perfect ending

for an amazing week,” Garcia said.


Peter Malnati, who won the event in 2015, fired a final round 63 to finish

solo second at 18 under par.

 

Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Swafford Wins Corales Championship PDF Print E-mail

 

Hudson Swafford celebrates his win at the Corales Championship

 

 

 

 

Dominican Republic - It looked like Hudson Swafford would cruise to

a drama free easy victory at the Corales Championship at Puntacana,

until he made double-bogey on the par 4 thirteenth. When the 33 year

old journeyman left the door open, Mackenzie Hughes stepped in, tying

the lead after a two stroke swing on the fifteenth hole.

 

Swafford righted the ship, making birdie on the seventeenth and headed

to the last with a one-stroke lead, but he gave himself a testy finish when

he left his birdie putt several feet short. Swafford managed to two putt

for his par to finish alone at 18 under par for his second career title on

the PGA Tour.

 

Tyler McCumber finished solo second after firing a final round 66, while

the Canadian Mackenzie Hughes bogeyed the last to finish third.

 

54 hole leader Adam Long struggled on Sunday, finishing fifth after a 74.

 

Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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