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Charles Schwab Challenge Recap – Kokrak Wins

Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, TX has been hosting the PGA Tour for 75 years.  It’s an iconic and challenging stop for the players, especially right after going through the ringer at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island.  The only plus for the field this past week, aside from the pristine conditions, was the the greens rolling slower than usual, due to the amount of rain the area received over the last two weeks.

The Dallas / Fort Worth area is also home to one Jordan Spieth, who grew up playing Brookhaven Country Club just 40 miles northeast of Colonial.  Jordan was the favorite to win going into the tournament at 10/1, and came out throwing darts the first three days.  Spieth was neck and neck with Sergio Garcia (he also won his first PGA tournament event at Colonial) in the opening two rounds, but a tough weekend left Garcia out of the hunt on Sunday.  It was Jason Kokrak who emerged from the pack to catch up to Spieth, who wasn’t only playing against Jordan, but the hometown crowds as well.  Spieth took a tough line to the green on 18 from the rough, but dunked it in the water to the left of the green.  Kokrak went on to two putt for the win.

“I’m a big guy with a big truck, with a big jacket and a big paycheck,” Kokrak said after the win.  Kokrak cashed a check for $1.35 million for the win at Colonial.  His two wins have combined for a $3.1 million deposit this season, not including any other prize money he’s secured.  Not too bad.  He becomes the 3rd two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season and has won twice in his last 17 starts.

It’s on to Jack’s course in Dublin, OH next week for the Memorial Tournament!