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Kokrak holds off Spieth to capture PGA Colonial crown

Jason Kokrak held off home-region hero Jordan Spieth down the ultimate holes Sunday to win the US PGA Tour Charles Schwab Challenge by two strokes.

The 36-year-old American fired a stage par 70 in Sunday’s last spherical to end 72 holes on 14-under 266 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kokrak stumbled with bogeys on the par-4 fifteenth and par-3 sixteenth however closed with back-to-back pars to deny Spieth, who had ended a four-year win drought final month on the Texas Open.

“They were definitely rooting for the guy next to me,” Kokrak stated of Spieth, who hails from close by Dallas.

“We had a little ebb and flow. Grinded it out. Kept patient. Didn’t finish the way I wanted to but got the win.”

Kokrak, who claimed his first US PGA title final October on the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek, grew to become the season’s third a number of winner after reigning US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau and 2009 British Open winner Stewart Cink.

Spieth, a three-time main winner who gained at Colonial in 2016, had cheers however stumbled to a final-round 73 on a course the place solely silence greeted gamers final yr.

The occasion was the primary performed in 2020 after a three-month Covid-19 hiatus and spectators weren’t allowed.

England’s Ian Poulter birdied three of the final 4 holes to share third on 270 with Colombian Sebastian Munoz and Americans Charley Hoffman and Patton Kizzire.

American Troy Merritt was eighth on 273.

Kokrak carried a two-stroke lead over Spieth to the par-3 sixteenth, the place the chief discovered a bunker and missed an 11-foot putt to make bogey, trimming his edge over Spieth to a lone stroke.

At 17, Spieth saved par with a putt from simply inside six ft whereas Kokrak did the identical from simply past seven ft to hold Kokrak forward by one on the 18th tee.

Spieth wound up in the correct tough whereas Kokrak discovered the sting of the golf green.

Spieth blasted out with a pitching wedge however the ball rolled off the inexperienced and right into a water hazard and Kokrak sealed victory by placing his strategy safely onto the inexperienced 50 ft from the cup. Spieth made bogey and Kokrak two-putted for the victory.

The day started with Spieth holding a one-stroke lead over Kokrak and each struggled early. Kokrak started with a bogey and made one other on the fourth whereas Spieth reeled off three bogeys in a row beginning on the second, leaving them stage on the fifth tee.

Kokrak birdied the fifth from simply outdoors 23 ft, then birdied the sixth from simply inside 10 ft and answered a bogey on the seventh, after needing two to escape a greenside bunker, with a birdie from six ft on the par-3 eighth.

Spieth, in the meantime, dropped his approaches inches from the cup on the sixth and eighth for tap-in birdies and made the flip stage with Kokrak for the lead.

Kokrak sank a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-5 eleventh and rolled in a 17-footer for birdie at a two-stroke edge on the par-3 thirteenth. When each made bogey on the fifteenth, Kokrak’s edge remained two strokes.


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