Jason Kokrak Claims Dramatic Charles Schwab Challenge

Jason Kokrak Claims Dramatic Charles Schwab Challenge

Jason Kokrak Wins Charles Schwab
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In a back-and-forth tussle with Jordan Spieth, Jason Kokrak held his nerve to secure his second PGA Tour title.

Jason Kokrak Claims Dramatic Charles Schwab Challenge

On a day where many struggled, the American came out on top in a hugely dramatic final round at Colonial Country Club.

Overnight leader, Kokrak, had started the day one shot ahead of Jordan Spieth (opens in new tab), but five shots clear of Sergio Garcia in third place.

However, the pair would both get off to poor starts, with Kokrak two-over par and Spieth three-over through four holes.

With back-to-back birdies at the fifth and sixth, Kokrak would extend his lead over Spieth (opens in new tab).

Jason Kokrak Wins Charles Schwab

Spieth was aiming to become the youngest ever two-time winner of the event. Pennington/Getty Images)

However, Spieth would hit a sublime wedge shot at the ninth to set up a tap-in birdie, moving him into a tie with Kokrak heading into the back nine.

The tussle, though, was far from over; with Kokrak making birdies at the 11th and 13th to extend his lead to two shots.

Trading bogies at the par-4 15th, the 36-year-old would make another bogey at the 16th to see his lead cut to one.

With both men producing sublime up-and-downs at the par-4 17th, Kokrak would sit one shot clear going down the 72nd hole.

Drama would follow yet again! With Spieth (opens in new tab) hitting first, he would pull his approach left and long, finding the water.

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With Spieth in the drink, Kokrak could afford to play safe, putting his wedge shot on the front edge of the green and two-putting for a par and a two shot win.

The victory was his second win in only 17 starts; an impressive feat, considering it took him 233 starts to claim his first PGA Tour title.

Speaking after his round, the American said: "The fans were definitely rooting for Jordan. We had a big ebb-and-flow, both of us didn't have our A-games.

"But I grinded it out, we kept patient and although we didn't finish the way we wanted to, we got the win and I'm happy to be standing here on the 18th green."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x