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Jason Kokrak

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

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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. Nov 16 - 3:00 PM

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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.
Nov 2 - 8:59 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.
Oct 29 - 4:10 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.
Oct 4 - 1:18 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.
Aug 19 - 3:20 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.
Aug 15 - 7:49 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).
Jul 26 - 6:54 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.
Jun 5 - 9:07 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.
Jun 3 - 4:47 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.
May 21 - 8:02 PM

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.
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