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Jason Kokrak out duels Jordan Spieth to win the Charles Schwab Challenge.
Starting the day 1 behind Spieth both players in the final group got off to a sloppy start. Kokrak was 2 over after 4 holes but Spieth was 3 over.
Kokrak not only did he have to beat Spieth on the course but the local boy had the crowd behind him.
On the Saturday when Jordan birdied the 13th hole the par 3, Kokrak said when “ I walked off the green, [and] I was like, ‘Well, I’m definitely not the favourite here this week,”
“He’s a Texas guy. I’m an Ohio guy. It’s fun. 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.”
From there Spieth never saw the lead again as he battled hard to get his round going and was only 1 from the lead as they both headed down 18.
Spieth knew he needed to make birdie on the last to try to tie Kokrak. When his second from the right rough sailed over the green into the water, he made a double bogey and handed Kokrak a 2 shot victory. By winning, Kokrak joins Bryson DeChambeau and Stewart Cink as the only players with multiple victories this season.
“I'm a big guy with a big truck, with a big jacket and a big paycheck,” Kokrak said after the win.
“All I try to do is to get better every single year,” he said. “It's not a flash in the pan.”
“I've got a lot of grit and a lot of fight in me,” Kokrak said. He showed it Sunday.