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Charles Schwab Challenge 2021: Jason Kokrak Edges Past Jordan Spieth for Win

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 31, 2021

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Jason Kokrak won his second event this season, claiming the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday after Jordan Spieth's tough afternoon. 

Kokrak shot an even-par 70 in the final round to finish -14 for the tournament, two strokes ahead of Spieth, who led after the third round but shot a three-over 73 on Sunday. 

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

The second win in his last 17 starts.@JayKokrak is victorious @CSChallengeFW.<br><br>(Presented by @SuperStrokeGolf) pic.twitter.com/3XtFEPWuF1

Sean Zak @Sean_Zak

As we all predicted, the multiple-time Tour winners at the end of May:<br><br>Bryson DeChambeau<br>Stewart Cink<br>Jason Kokrak

PGA TOUR Communications @PGATOURComms

With his win at the @CSChallengeFW, @jaykokrak becomes the first player over the age of 35 to claim his first two @PGATOUR victories in the same season since @F_Molinari in 2018.

Charley Hoffman, Patton Kizzire, Sebastian Munoz and Ian Poulter rounded out the top five, all tied at 10 under. 

Kokrak was hardly spectacular on the day, finishing with five birdies and five bogeys. He averaged 319.6 yards of driving distance, had a 78.5 percent driving accuracy, hit 66.6 percent of greens in regulation and gained 0.967 strokes putting, per PGATour.com

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Back-to-back birdies for @JayKokrak.<br><br>He leads by 1 thru 6 @CSChallengeFW. pic.twitter.com/IUzXyKh4c2

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Never a doubt. 😰@JayKokrak takes back a 1-shot lead with a birdie on No. 8. pic.twitter.com/ZbMb7FR47q

PGA TOUR @PGATOUR

Birdie on 11.@JayKokrak leads by 1. pic.twitter.com/VkizGEhaj8

Justin Ray @JustinRayGolf

Winners at Colonial last 30 years who led field in total driving + hit 75% greens in regulation or better<br><br>1994 Nick Price<br>2003 Kenny Perry<br>2005 Kenny Perry<br>2021 Jason Kokrak

But he was good enough to topple Spieth, who offset two birdies with five bogeys. Spieth went into the final hole just a stroke down, but his chances to catch Koprak were sunk when his approach rolled its way into the water. 

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Jordan Spieth's approach shot finds the water on 18. pic.twitter.com/qbEoQM1DQM

Charles P. Pierce @CharlesPPierce

Golf is just beating hell out of Jordan Spieth today.

Kokrak came into the final round knowing that playing in a group with Spieth—one of the PGA Tour's most popular players and a Dallas native—would make him Sunday's antagonist for more than a few golf fans.

“He’s a Texas guy. I’m an Ohio guy. It’s fun," he told reporters after Saturday's third round. "The crowds are crazy. But it’s fun to have a local kid and play well and him be in the last group, and I’d be more than happy to spoil it for him tomorrow.”

Spoil it he did. 

The PGA Tour heads to the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio for the Memorial Tournament next week, starting on Thursday. 

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