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Jason Kokrak

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/22/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225

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Second-round leader and World No. 128 Jason Kokrak pieced together an even-par 36-34=70 in the final round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to post 10-under 270, down one spot to solo 4th, two swings shy of a 2-man playoff involving Jason Day and eventual champ Billy Horschel.
After opening in 66 and career-low 62, the Xavier alum led by five at halftime, the largest 36-hole lead in the tourney's 64-year history and tying the 36-hole scoring record. It was his second 36-hole lead/co-lead and drops to 0-2. After a 72 in R3, the 31-year-old began in a two-way T3 on 10-under, two back of 54-hole leader James Hahn. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he found eight (of 14) fairways and just eight greens in regulation, posting a -1.718 SG: Tee-to-Green but 2.677 SG: Putting. Kokrak squared the first and doubled the fourth, before battling back with birdies at 6 and 7 to turn 1-over. He came to the house in 1-under, outpacing bogey-5s at 10 and 12 with birdies at 11, 15 and 16. This was the North Carolina resident's first cash at the Nelson in two tries (MC/2012) and fifth top 25 of the season in 17 starts, first top 10. He remains winless on TOUR in 146 career events. May 21 - 8:02 PM

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Overnight leader and World No. 128 Jason Kokrak backed up with a 2-over-par 37-35=72 in the third round of the AT&T Byron Nelson, dropping two spots into a two-way T3 on 10-under 200, two back of 54-hole leader James Hahn, who shot 64.

After opening in 66 and career-low 62, the Xavier alum led by five, the largest 36-hole lead in the tournament's 64-year history and tying the 36-hole scoring record. Playing out of the final threesome, he conjured seven (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, losing 1.696 strokes approaching-the-green and 2.099 tee-to-green. The 31-year-old, who celebrates his b-day in two days (May 22nd), outbalanced three birdies at 4, 7 and 16, with bogeys at 3 (3-putt from 51'11") and 17 (failed sand save), and triple bogey-6 at the fifth, where he took three to get on the surface and 3-jacked from 33'0". He posted a pedestrian 1.818 putts per GIR and -0.739 SG: Putting, whiffing a 40-incher for birdie at the 15th but did manage to drop a pair of par-savers from between six and 12 feet to avoid further damage.
May 20 - 6:31 PM

Jason Kokrak feasted on TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas in round two of the AT&T Byron Nelson, firing a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-31=62, good for low round of the day to reach 12-under 128 at the midpoint, five shots clear from solo-second Billy Horschel.

Kokrak was no slouch on day one as he traded six birdies with two bogeys. He took it to another level today as he was throwing darts all day long. Kokrak circled eight birdies today, and all of them came on putts from 14 feet or shorter. He walked off the course gaining 3.738 strokes approaching-the-green, but it's been a balanced attack thus far, ranking inside the top 15 in all of the strokes gained sub-categories. This falls two shy of the course record set by Keegan Bradley in 2013, but it does go in the books as a new career low on the PGA TOUR for Kokrak. His previous best was a 63 in R1 of the 2013 CareerBuilder. In Kokrak's only other 36-hole lead (2016 Northern Trust) he would follow it up with rounds of 70-68 to finish T2.
May 19 - 7:27 PM

Making his first start at the AT&T Byron Nelson since a missed cut in 2012, Jason Kokrak opened the week with a 4-under-par 31-35=66 to find himself just two off the early pacesetters.

The big hitter gained 2.112 strokes off-the-tee today, using power over accuracy as he bombed seven drives over 300 yards, including a pair of 373-yard dingers. From there, he landed 14 greens in regulation and converted on six scoring chances, five from inside nine feet. The lone conversion from double digits came from 17'6" for birdie at the par-3 fifth hole. Kokrak entered the week with seven straight finishes outside the top 50, so it will be interesting to see if he can piece together two or three more good rounds.
May 18 - 3:11 PM

World No. 120 Jason Kokrak readies for his sixth Wells Fargo Championship, which is making a 1-year stop at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, North Carolina, and arrives at 115th in the FedExCup standings.

The Canadian, who resides in Charlotte, NC, has had limited success at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, the tournament's host site for the first 14 editions. He posted one top 25 (T23/2014) among two cashes in five attempts, so perhaps a change in venue will produce better results. The 31-year-old, who celebrates his birthday on May 22nd, is 10-for-14 on the season with four top 25s, most recently T22 at the Genesis in mid-February, and a season best of T15 at the OHL Classic back in November. The Xavier alum ended calendar-year 2016 ranked 89th in OWGR, so he's heading the wrong way.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 3 - 1:43 PM

Beginning on No. 10 tee, World No. 109 Jason Kokrak rallied for a 2-under-par 33-37=70 in the second round of the Shell Houston Open for a 36-hole total of 6-under 138, currently T8 on the leaderboard and up five places on the day.

The 31-year-old, who welcomed his first child back in Jan., is making his sixth visit to the Golf Club of Houston with two prior cashes, a solo 9th in 2013 (66-69-71-70), and 68th (of 71) last year (69-72-76-74). He checked in at 95th in the FedExCup standings with four top 25s among eight cuts made in 11 starts. The Canadian began with a five-birdie one-bogey 68 and followed with five versus three on Day 2. He found 10 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, gaining 3.497 strokes tee-to-green but losing 1.448 with the flat stick. The Xavier alum dropped his three on consecutive holes (14-16), two of those 3-putts, overshadowed by circles at 11 (from 29'0"), 13, 6, 8 and 9, the latter from the fringe 36'8" away. He ended with a commercial 2.000 putts per GIR and 33 total putts.
Mar 31 - 3:14 PM

Beginning on No. 10 tee, World No. 107 Jason Kokrak carved out a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in the two-day second round of the Genesis Open for a 36-hole total of 5-under 137, up two places to T6, two shy of clubhouse leader Jhonattan Vegas.

The Xavier alum was the 36-hole leader here last year by one, eventually finishing a career-tying-best T2 (T2, 2012 Frys.com Open). It's his lone top 40 in five prior appearances but after posting rounds of 68-64-70-68, extended his sub-par streak at Riviera CC to five consecutive. The 31-year-old built on that resume with 4-under 67 in R1 and a four-birdie three-bogey effort in R2. He got 10 holes of the second round completed on Friday (2-under), and returned Saturday morning to back-to-back bogeys at 2 and 3, but got back into the red with a walk-off 3 at the par-4 ninth.
Feb 18 - 2:39 PM

New father Jason Kokrak returns to action at this week's Farmers Insurance Open.

The big hitter has been dormant since a T45 at The RSM Classic. After the holiday break he welcomed in the birth of his son, joining the fatherhood fraternity for the first time. Kokrak has had a few weeks to enjoy that huge life event, but now he's back in action at Torrey Pines. In three previous trips he's posted a MC, a WD, and a T25. The Xavier product has 14 career top 10s on his resume, but he's still searching for his maiden victory.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jan 25 - 2:23 PM

Playing Sea Island's Seaside Course, Jason Kokrak crafted a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in the second round of The RSM Classic to reach 10-under 132, up 18 places to T5 with play still in progress.

The 31-year-old is making his fifth straight appearance with a best of T10 in 2014. He kicked off on the Plantation Course (par 72) with a 5-under 67 (six birdies, one bogey) and repeated that same formula in R2. The Xavier alum squared bogey-5 at the second (failed sand save) and then played his final 16 holes blemish-free, circling five conventional birdies and adding a 15-footer from the fringe at the fourth for birdie-3. He landed eight (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation for a second consecutive lap, posting 1.733 putts per GIR.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 02:40:00 PM

Jason Kokrak will take his first look at Sheshan International Golf Club as he prepares for this week's World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China.

The big-hitting Xavier product closed out the 2015-16 season with three straight top 20s, all during the FedExCup Playoffs. The good form came to a halt when he missed the cut at the Safeway Open to kick off the 2016-17 campaign. Perhaps his mind was already thinking ahead to this week for his WGC debut. Kokrak has never cracked the 35 in a major championship, so these stronger fields seem to baffle him. However, his recent success in the FEC Playoffs should have his confidence soaring as he readies for Sheshan.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 06:34:00 PM

Jason Kokrak pieced together a 5-under-par 32-34=66 during the closing round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, leaving TPC Boston with a 9-under 275 aggregate, good for a T11 on the live leaderboard with play still in progress.

Kokrak missed just two fairways on Sunday and outdid himself by splitting 13 (of 14) today. That allowed him to pelt 15 greens in regulation and set up plenty of scoring chances. From there, his flat stick converted on three birdie splashes between 14-and-22 feet. He also sank a 9'11" par-saver at the par-4 13th hole to walk off the course with 2.23 strokes gained putting. After a T7 at last week's Barclays, this will be his second top 15 of the FedExCup Playoffs, and also beats his previous best at TPC Boston (T16, 2014). Currently projected at 36th in the FedExCup standings, he'll need one more strong finish to make it to East Lake for the first time in his career.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 12:08:00 PM

Jason Kokrak signed for a 2-under-par 34-35=69 after the final round of The Barclays to reach 6-under 278, up three spots on the live leaderboard to T7 and projected to bump 22 places to 43rd in the FedExCup standings.

The 31-year-old was making his fourth appearance with a best of T9 on debut in 2013 (Liberty National GC). He began the final frame on 4-under in a six-way logjam on T10, five adrift of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler. The Xavier alum landed eight (of 14) fairways and pelted 15 greens in regulation, currently second for the week in the latter at 76.39 percent (55/72). He squared a lone bogey-5 at the 11th, missing a par-saver from 4'4", but camouflaged it with birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 15, highlighted by a 52-footer for birdie at the par-3 third. Kokrak missed three scoring chances from inside of 10 feet contributing to -0.094 in SG: Putting and 1.800 putts per GIR. This is his third top 10 of the season in 26 starts, first since T6 at the Heritage in mid-April.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 05:04:00 PM

Jason Kokrak spun a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in today's second round of The Barclays to reach halftime on 2-under 140, up 71 places to T15 with play still in progress.

Making his fourth consecutive appearance, the 31-year-old labored to a two-birdie five-bogey 74 in the opener, but went eight shots better on Day 2. At the time he signed his card, he's at 5.026 SG: Total as opposed to a -1.874 in R1. The Xavier alum landed only five (of 14) fairways but hit 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.643 putts per GIR. His lone blemish was bogey-5 at the 10th (failed scramble), and kept it that way with a par-saver from the fringe (41'4") at the par-4 18th. The Charlotte, North Carolina, resident circled six birdies, including all three par 5s, after not birdieing any of them in R1. He holed-out for birdie-4 at the seventh from 25'7" away in the rough, and also dropped a 20-footer at the par-5 13th.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 12:28:00 PM

Jason Kokrak spun a bogey-free 4-under-par 32-34=66 in today's second round of the Travelers Championship to reach halftime on 4-under 136, up 62 places to T11 with play still in progress.

The 31-year-old opened his third appearance with even-par 70, erasing three birdies with one bogey and a double bogey-6. Day 2 began off No. 10 tee and he went out in 1-under, circling birdie-4 at the 13th from 5'11". The Canada native hit eight of nine greens on his first half, the exception coming at the drivable par-4 15th, where he hit his tee shot into the water but was able to save par from 4'11". He came home in 3-under, adding circles on holes 1, 4 and 6, with a long of 15'1" at the par-4 fourth. For a second straight lap, Kokrak split 10 (of 14) fairways but digressed slightly from 16 to 15 GIR.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 12:50:00 PM

Jason Kokrak readies for his third PGA Championship and kicks off on Thursday at 7:20 a.m. ET with PGA club pro Josh Speight and Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg.

The 31-year-old is well-rested coming off a five-week break following a T29 at the QL National. That was his best finish since T6 at the RBC Heritage, where he was T2 thru 54 holes but backed up with 2-over 73. In-between, he missed three cuts and WD'd (unknown) during R2 at THE PLAYERS, 4-over thru 32 holes. The North Bay, Ontario, native is making his fifth major appearance, missing the cut at the 2013 and 2014 PGA's, MCing at the 2007 U.S. Open as an amateur, and cashing his first paycheck with T37 at this year's U.S. Open (71-70-74-74). He's 65th in FEC standings with a T2 at the NTO his only other top 10 in 22 starts.
Source: PGA.com
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 07:41:00 PM