Warren JFK grad nabs third career win after monster final round

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Jason Kokrak of the US, hits from the third tee during the third round of the Tour Championship golf tournament Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Jason Kokrak of the US, hits from the third tee during the third round of the Tour Championship golf tournament Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

HOUSTON, Texas (WKBN) – Warren JFK grad Jason Kokrak continued his good run of play grabbing a win at the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open on Sunday.

Kokrak shot a final round 65 and finished the tournament at 10-under.

The former Eagle used four straight birdies on the back-nine to charge up the leaderboard and take the win.

Kokrak posted just one bogey on his final round.

Two shots behind with six holes to play, Kokrak delivered all the right shots to pull away from a fading Scottie Scheffler and Martin Trainer and win for the third time in the last 13 months.

“Very blessed to be standing here,” Kokrak said.

Kokrak couldn’t help but think back to Saturday morning, when he returned to complete the second round and went the other direction. He played seven holes in 7-over par for a 41 that left him 10 shots behind after 36 holes.

What a turnaround on Sunday.

Kokrak holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 13th to get in the mix and then made a 25-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole, the toughest at Memorial Park, to get within one shot. He hit wedge on the 115-yard 15th hole with a front pin to 6 feet to tie for the lead.

He had enough mud on his golf ball from rain earlier in the week that he chose to lay up on the par-5 16th, even though he could have reached with a mid-iron. Kokrak hit wedge to 5 feet for a fourth straight birdie.

By then, he was on his way and finished at 10-under 270.

It is his third career win, all of which have come in the last year.

His first win came in October of 2020 at the CJ Cup and then again this past May at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

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