Winner’s Circle: Jason Kokrak Claims Second Texas Title at Houston Open

Jason Kokrak Wins Houston Open 2021
Jason Kokrak reacts to his putt on the 16th green during the final round of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open at Memorial Park GC on Nov 14, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato via Getty Images)

In May, Jason Kokrak disappointed Texas golf fans when he came from behind to beat home hero Jordan Spieth at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Fast forward about six months and he did it again: this time overtaking Lone Star State native Scottie Scheffler to claim a victory at the Houston Open.

“Yeah, yeah, I like to win tournaments in good states, the state of Texas and won the CJ CUP out in Shadow Creek out in Las Vegas. Very blessed and very happy to be sitting in this seat now,”
said a smiling Kokrak.

Kokrak shot a final-round 5-udner 65 to finish two shots ahead of crowd favorite Scheffler, who carded 69, and Kevin Tway (68).

The Ohio native finished with one bogey against six birdies, highlighted by four in a row on Nos. 13-16, to pull away from a fading Scheffler.

For his third career PGA Tour victory, Kokrak earned $1,350,000 and 500 FedExCup points. He will move to No. 6 on the money list and seventh in FedEx Cup points.

Runners-up Scheffler and Tway each took home $667,500 and 245 FedExCup points.


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Pro-File

Name: Jason Kokrak
Nationality: American
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 225 lb
Birthdate: May, 22 1985 (age 36)
Native: Cleveland, Ohio
Residence: Hudson, Ohio
College: Xavier University
Turned Pro: 2008
PGA Rookie: 2012
Highest World Rank: 22 (11/2021)
Equipment Sponsor: PXG


Houston Open: Top 5

Jason Kokrak Wins Houston Open 2021
Jason Kokrak poses with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open at Memorial Park GC on Nov 14, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato via Getty Images)

Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Jason Kokrak -10 (-5)
2. Kevin Tway -8 (-2)
2. Scottie Scheffler -8 (-1)
4. Kramer Hickok -7 (-1)
5. Joel Dahmen -6 (-5)
5. Martin Trainer -6 (E)


Top Check Cashers: Top 5

Pos-Player-(Money)
1. Jason Kokrak ($1.35m)
2. Kevin Tway ($667.5k)
2. Scottie Scheffler ($667.5k)
4. Kramer Hickok ($367.5k)
5. Joel Dahmen ($289.7k)
5. Martin Trainer ($289.7k)


Jason Kokrak’s Winning Stats

Jason Kokrak Wins Houston Open 2021
Jason Kokrak lines up a putt on the 16th green during the final round of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open at Memorial Park GC on Nov 14, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato via Getty Images)

Driving: 302.1 yards (11th)
Fairways: 34/56 61.5% (25th)
Greens: 54/72, 75% (3rd)
Putts/Per GIR: 86/1.593 (1st)
Scores: 24 Birdies, 37 Pars, 9 Bogeys, 1 Double


Jason Kokrak’s 2022 PGA Tour Season

Starts: 3
Cuts Made: 2
Wins: 1 (Houston)
Additional Top 10: 0
Earnings: $1,370,085 (6th)
FedExCup Pts: 506 (7th)
World Rank Before/After: 29/22


WITB: Jason Kokrak

Jason Kokrak Wins Houston Open 2021
Jason Kokrak plays his shot from the 7th tee during the final round of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open at Memorial Park GC on Nov 14, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato via Getty Images)

Jason Kokrak plays a mixed bag of TaylorMade (driver, woods), PXG (irons, wedges), and Titleist (wedges, ball). He uses a Bettinardi putter.

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9°)
3-Wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (15°)
7-Wood: TaylorMade SIM2 (21°)
Irons: PXG 0311 Gen4 (4-PW)
Irons: Titleist U500 (4)
Irons: Callaway X Forged CB (5-PW)
Gap : PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy (52°)
Sand: Vokey SM8 (56˚)
Lob: Vokey SM8 (60˚)
Putter: Bettinardi Studio Stock 38
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Clothing: William Murray
Shoes: Nike
Hat: PXG

Source: National Club Golfer


Question For the 2021 Houston Champion

Jason Kokrak Wins Houston Open 2021
Jason Kokrak prepares to play his shot on the 17th hole during the final round of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open at Memorial Park GC on Nov 14, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato via Getty Images)

Q. Two wins in Texas where Longhorns held the 54-hole lead. As a guy who maybe prides himself as being an underdog, do you enjoy that situation?

JASON KOKRAK: “I don’t know if I enjoy the situation, but I definitely, I’m comfortable in that situation. I guess you can call me an underdog, but the last couple years I’ve played some pretty solid golf, so I wouldn’t exactly say that I’d be the underdog going in.

“I guess this week I would be because my game was not in top form and I definitely made the best of it, made a lot of birdies, made a lot of nice putts. The putter was hot this week and tried to give my self as many looks as possible, and when I was out of position, I just tried to limit the stress.


Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media


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