This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
There were at least two times during the week when Jason Kokrak felt he had no chance to win in Houston. The first came on Tuesday, when he was so bad in a practice round that he said he "contemplated actually withdrawing." Then came the end of his second round on Saturday morning, when he played the final seven holes in 7-over-par to fall 10 strokes off the pace at the tournament's midpoint.
It may not have been until Kokrak rolled in four straight birdies on the back nine Sunday that he – and everybody else – felt he could actually win. But he did, by two strokes, after a half dozen other guys had at least a share of the lead earlier Sunday in a mad scramble at the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course.
It was the third win in 27 starts for Kokrak over the past 13 months, after famously going 232 starts without a win to open his PGA Tour career. He is now positioned 22nd in the world rankings, equaling his career high.
Kokrak had not even recorded a top-10 since his second win, also in Texas at Colonial over Memorial Day weekend, so this win was a bit surprising even before his Tuesday and Saturday pitfalls.
"I don't know what happened, if I slept too much or whatever," he said of coming back early on Saturday to complete his weather-delayed second round. "Something happened and I just did not play