Weekly Recap: Kokrak Racks up Another

Weekly Recap: Kokrak Racks up Another

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Imagine if Tony Finau could putt. Or Sergio Garcia, or Tommy Fleetwood, or Keegan Bradley. They are all elite ball-strikers whose careers could've been – and still could be – so much more.

This time last year, Jason Kokrak would've fit seamlessly into that previous paragraph. But there's been a miraculous change in his putting – really, nothing even close comes to mind – and after a decade on the PGA Tour he is having a breakthrough season.

Kokrak outputted and outplayed fan favorite Jordan Spieth at Colonial on Sunday to win the Charles Schwab Challenge for his second tournament title of the 2020-21 campaign. He had played in 229 Tour events before this season and had never won. Now, he has two, just in his last 20 starts alone.

The burly 36-year-old Ohioan is ranked sixth on Tour in Strokes Gained: Putting. SIXTH. Last season, he ranked 151st, and before that: 103rd, 110th, 175th, 154th, 110th. This isn't just a slight improvement. This is scrub-dom to stardom in a heartbeat.

Kokrak has always delivered with driver in his hands. He ranks 21st in SG: Off-the-Tee this season, and going backward five years he was 9th, 11th, 36th, 12th, 11th.

Kokrak has said that every year he tries to get better by focusing on one part of his game at. He credits this year's putting improvement to his caddie, former Korn Ferry Tour golfer David Robinson, who suggested a longer putter. Kokrak ranked seventh in the Colonial

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Len Hochberg
Len Hochberg has covered golf for RotoWire since 2013. A veteran sports journalist, he was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years. He was named 2020 "DFS Writer of the Year" by the FSWA and was nominated for the same award in 2019.
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