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Jason Kokrak

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

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Jason Kokrak connected on five birdies en route to a 3-under-par 33-35=68 during round one of the Genesis Open, sharing a piece of sixth place on the live leaderboard.
The big hitter took advantage of the par 5s, playing them at 3-under today with birdies on all of them. Other than that, his approach game was nothing to write home about. Outside of the par 5s, he gave himself just one scoring chance from inside 15 feet. Both of his par-4 birdies came from just inside 19 feet. The masher gained 1.775 strokes off-the-tee today and should continue to carve out Riviera Country Club with the driver, barring any penalty setbacks. With Riviera CC being the site of his first career 36-hole lead, it would be very cool to see him also make it the site of his first career TOUR win, two years later. Feb 15 - 8:10 PM

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World No. 142 Jason Kokrak bobbed and weaved to a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge for a four-day total of 18-under 270, up one place to T8.

The 32-year-old improves to 3-for-6 at the CBC with two top 25 and two top 10s (T8/2013). It's his fourth top 25 of the season in seven starts and second top 10, joining a T7 at the Sanderson Farms. After opening in 63-67-71, the Xavier alum began T9 on 15-under, four back of 54-hole leader Austin Cook. He conjured four (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, losing 1.388 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 1.236 on approach. The North Carolina resident carded seven birdies, including five straight at 12-16, taking some luster off with back-nine bogeys at 10 and 17 (water ball) and double bogey-6 at 18. He recorded 1.500 putts per GIR and 2.109 SG: Putting with 25 total putts.
Jan 21 - 6:56 PM

Playing the Stadium Course, World No. 142 Jason Kokrak back-pedaled with a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in the third round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, dropping five spots to solo 8th on 15-under 201, four back of 54-hole clubhouse leader Austin Cook.

Beginning off No. 10 tee, the 32-year-old mustered six (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, gaining 0.633 strokes off-the-tee but losing 0.552 approaching-the-green and -0.191 tee-to-green. The Xavier alum squared two bogeys at 13 and 15 (missed par-saver from 3'11"), slightly outpaced by three circles at 11, 16 and 2, two from between 12 and 21 feet. He recorded 1.700 putts per GIR and 1.384 SG: Putting with 26 total putts, buoyed by a 22-foot par-saver at the par-4 third.
Jan 20 - 5:55 PM

Playing the Nicklaus Tournament Course, World No. 142 Jason Kokrak tossed up a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in the second round of the CareerBuilder Challenge for a two-day tally of 14-under 130, currently T2 on the leaderboard and the new 36-hole clubhouse leader, bumping Zach Johnson. UPDATE: With play completed, Kokrak is solo 3rd, two back of 36-hole leader Andrew Landry.

The 32-year-old landed eight (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting 1.538 putts per GIR, currently No. 1 in the latter thru 36 holes (1.444). He squared a lone bogey-5 at 10, offset by six circles at 1, 2, 7, 9, 13 and 15, taking 27 total putts. The Xavier alum will move to the Stadium Course in R3 on Saturday. He entered the week 3-for-6 on the season with three top 25s and one top 10, a T7 at the opposite-field Sanderson Farms five starts ago.
Jan 19 - 6:24 PM

Jason Kokrak finds himself in a share of second place after signing for a 9-under-par 31-32=63 after his opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, played at La Quinta Country Club.

Kokrak started his week on the easiest of the three courses and it showed. He opened on the back nine and circled five birdies to camouflage one bogey before making the turn. As you'd expect from the big-hitting Kokrak, he ended the day with a par-5 scoring average of 3.75 (-5). Making his sixth appearance at this event, the Xavier product entered with a 2-for-3 record at this event. The highlight was a T8 in 2013 where he also opened the week with a 63. Kokrak will now head to the Nicklaus Tournament Course where he'll need to keep his foot on the gas before holding on at the Stadium Course.
Jan 18 - 6:38 PM

Continuing a strong run of recent play, Jason Kokrak led off The RSM Classic with a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 while taking on the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club, placing him in an early share of the clubhouse lead.

The big hitter arrived with top 20s in three of his four starts this season and was T24 at the midpoint of his other start. Today, he took on the easier of the two layouts and took full advantage of the scoring opportunities. Kokrak pelted 17 greens in regulation and made sure he didn't waste his chances on the par 5s, circling birdies on 3-of-4. With a solid start under his belt, he can now put the driver away for most of round two as he takes on the Seaside Course next, a venue with just a pair of par 5s to manhandle. The Xavier product entered with a 4-for-5 record at this event with the clear highlight being a T10 during the 2014 edition.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 03:00:00 PM

Jason Kokrak smoothed a 4-under-par 34-33=67 during round one of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, placing his name in the mix early in the week.

The big hitter entered the week without much success at TPC Summerlin, just 2-for-5 with nothing better than T38 to his credit. Slow starts have plagued him here as he's been T53 or worse after R1 in all five of his starts here. He turned that trend upside down as he caught fire with the flat stick, rolling in four putts from outside eight feet. That included a 29'4" birdie bomb at the par-4 second hole. This round could mean Kokrak has figured out TPC Summerlin, or it could be a blip on the radar. We will have three more rounds to find out which it is.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 08:59:00 PM

World No. 116 Jason Kokrak enjoyed a bogey-free 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship to conclude on 9-under 279, up 23 places to T9 with play still in progress.

This was the 32-year-old's fourth appearance, third straight top 25 and possibly a first top 10 (T12/2016). It's his second start of the season and second consecutive top 25 (T17, Safeway). After kicking off in 69-70-73, the Xavier alum began T32 on 4-under, three shy of the overnight top 10. He mustered five (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, gaining 0.904 strokes approaching-the-green and 1.299 around-the-green. The Charlotte, North Carolina, resident circled five at holes 1, 3, 14, 15 and 18, two from between 10 and 16 feet, adding a 20-footer from the fringe at the par-4 first. He posted 1.692 putts per GIR and 2.250 SG: Putting with 26 total putts.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017 04:10:00 PM

World No. 106 Jason Kokrak embarks on his sixth Safeway Open in Napa, California.

The Xavier alum enjoyed the previous venue with top-12 finishes at CordeValle GC in 2014 (T12) and a tied career-best T2 on debut in 2012. His other career best came at The Northern Trust (Riviera CC) in 2016, where he also finished T2, so it's noted that both of his high-water marks in 157 career events have come in California. The 32-year-old has not fared well since the move to Silverado Resort in 2015, posting a T46/2015, a DQ after a first-round 5-over 77 in 2016, and a MC (by six) last year after laps of 71-76. He finished 77th in the final FedExCup standings last season, going 20-for-28 with seven top 25s but just one top 10, a solo 4th at the Byron Nelson back in May where he was the 36-hole leader (66, career-low 62), but faded with 72-70.
Wed, Oct 4, 2017 01:18:00 PM

World No. 103 Jason Kokrak painted a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-31=63 on Moving Day at the Wyndham Championship to reach 10-under 200, up 57 places on the live leaderboard to T9 and good for the low round in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With play completed, Kokrak is T15 and his 63 was the low lap of the day.

After opening in 68-69, the Charlotte resident was one of 20 players to make the cut on the number. He found 11 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.503 strokes off-the-tee and 1.480 around-the-green. The 32-year-old circled seven birdies at Nos. 1, 5, 6, 12, 14, 15 and 18, two of those 2-putt varieties and two from between 18 and 23 feet. He posted 1.615 putts per GIR and 3.470 SG: Putting, taking 26 total putts. The Xavier alum's previous best at Sedgefield CC in 12 laps was 66/R1 in 2012, where he eventually finished T73, and his 63 was just one off a season and career low.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 03:20:00 PM

Jason Kokrak stays close to home as he preps for this week's Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The Charlotte resident was slow out of the gate at last week's PGA Championship but rallied to record three rounds of 72 or better, finishing T33 by week's end. Playing at Quail Hollow, Kokrak was right in his local comfort zone, and now he takes a short trip to Greensboro. Knowledge of the area hasn't helped him in the past here, arriving with a 1-for-4 record with T73 being his best finish here. The 32-year-old is having a somewhat down year by his standards, but still ranks 99th in the FedExCup race as we prep for the final event of the regular season. Tee-to-green is never a problem for Kokrak but his short game will determine his success this week. For the year, he currently ranks 165th in strokes gained around-the-green and 194th in strokes gained putting.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 07:49:00 AM

Canadian-born American and World No. 102 Jason Kokrak does battle in his third RBC Canadian Open and checks in at 99th in the FedExCup standings.

The 32-year-old is a native of North Bay, Ontario, 225 miles north of Oakville, home of Glen Abbey GC. He played high school golf in Ohio, graduated from Xavier in Cincinnati, and resides in Charlotte. Kokrak is 2-for-2 in his quasi-national open, with a best of T31 on last visit in 2013 (72-68-69-73). He's 16-for-25 on the season with five top 25s but just one top 10, a solo 4th at the Byron Nelson seven starts ago where he was the 36-hole leader (66-62-72-70). Kokrak ranks 121st on TOUR in scoring average (71.207) and 153rd in par-5 scoring average (4.74).
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 06:54:00 PM

Jason Kokrak is a pre-tournament WD from this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic, as he currently waits for his tee time at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier in Columbus, Ohio.

Kokrak posted a T35 at last week's Memorial Tournament, despite a 6-over 78 in the finale. Now he's scheduled to play in the sectional qualifier in Columbus which is currently in a weather delay. Pulling his name from the St. Jude Classic field should free up his mind to be able to wait out the weather and not feel rushed. In his place, S.J. Park will get a spot in this week's St. Jude Classic field.
Mon, Jun 5, 2017 09:07:00 AM

World No. 98 Jason Kokrak pieced together a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the third round of the Memorial Tournament to reach 6-under 210, currently T10 on the leaderboard and up three places on the day.

This is the 32-year-old's fourth appearance and first time playing more than two rounds. He checked in at 93rd in the FedExCup standings, 12-for-18 on the season with five top 25s and one top 10, a solo 4th two starts ago at the Byron Nelson where he was the midpoint leader by five. After kicking off in 73-67, the Xavier alum began on 4-under (T13), 10 adrift of 36-hole leader Jason Dufner and hit 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation. He squared bogey-5s at 1 and 6 and double bogey-6 at 10, outpaced by six birdies at 3, 5, 7, 11, 14 and 17, all from inside of 11 feet. The North Carolina resident posted 1.643 putts per GIR and eked out a 0.172 SG: Putting at the time he signed his card.
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 04:47:00 PM

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.
Sun, May 21, 2017 08:02:00 PM