Jason Kokrak outlasted Jordan Spieth despite the raucous one-eyed Texan crowd to win at Colonial Country Club at Fort Worth. The last few holes were a bit of a train wreck, with both players firing wildly errant shots to bogie holes. Spieth could not find the fairway and his final round was 3 over par. The pressure was loud and apparent upon both competitors at the Charles Schwab Challenge. Kokrak became a two-time winner on tour and this season after this victory in Texas. Good putting saved both players a number of times after misdirected shots. Kokrak cans Spieth at Colonial to race up the FedEx leader board into fifth place.
A Loud Pro-Jordan Crowd Couldn’t Swing the Final Result
This was Jordan Spieth’s tournament to win, and he could not get the job done, despite the huge amount of fan support on course over four days. The plaid jacket was waiting for this son of the lone star, but he had a bad day when it really mattered. Jordan is a very likeable young man and plays some great golf when he is zoned in. Will this damage the Spieth come back narrative? We will have to wait and see if he can regroup and fight it out for a victory next week.
Jason Kokrak Much Improved Putter on the PGA Tour
Jason Kokrak is a big hitting golfer who has improved his putting from 151st to 7th on the PGA tour. A fine iron player but has plenty of scope for advancement in scrambling. His poor bunker play nearly cost him this tournament. Kokrak canned the crowd and overcame their bias to trump their favourite son. Americans are loud and bring the raucous nature of a crowd of football fans to the golf course for better or worse. Jordan Spieth several times tried to quieten his supporters in respect of his opponent when Kokrak was playing shots.
Ian Poulter and Sebastian Munoz sunk long putts on the final few holes to share third place with Charlie Hoffman and Patton Kizzire at 10 under par. This tournament was a two-horse race between Kokrak and Spieth on Sunday. Kokrak finished at 14 under to win by two shots from Spieth at 12 under. Spieth was 3 over par on the final day. Charlie Hoffman shot a 5 under par round on Sunday. Cam Davis was the best Aussie and finished at 1 under par for the tournament.