Kokrak wins at Colonial; Cejka takes on another senior major | WGN 720 radio
FORT WORTH, TX (AP) Jason Kokrak played 233 PGA tournaments before claiming his first victory. The big hitter didn’t have to wait that long to win again and overcame a local favorite to make it at Colonial.
Kokrak scored a par 70 in a final group showdown on Sunday with the rebirth of Jordan Spieth, winning the Charles Schwab Challenge at 14 under 266. Kokral was two shots better than Spieth, who hit his approach at No.18 on the green and in the water.
Even though that day, Kokrak had five bogeys to go with his five birdies. It took two shots twice to get out of the bunkers and had back-to-back bogeys at No.15 and 16.
But when he hit his last 4-foot putt, he followed the ball to the cup and finally burst into a smile when he took it out and celebrated with caddy David Robinson.
A huge crowd followed the lone group in contention all day, most waiting to burst for Dallas native Spieth, who started the round with a one-stroke lead before a bogey-filled 73. Instead of his second victory at Colonial, he finished. as a finalist at Hogan’s Alley for the third time. It was still Spieth’s eighth top 10 in his last 11 starts this year, one more top 10 than in the previous two seasons combined.
Kokrak, who was making his 16th tournament since winning the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in October, joined Bryson DeChambeau and Stewart Cink as two-time winners this season.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) – Alex Cejka won the Senior PGA Championship for his second consecutive major victory, thriving on precise, powerful ball strikes and a skillful touch around Southern Hills.
Cejka shot a 3-under 67 for a four-time victory over Tim Petrovic, three weeks after beating Steve Stricker in the playoffs in the Alabama Regions tradition.
Cejka fled the Czech Republic with his father at the age of nine, eventually settling in West Germany, where he took up golf and turned pro at 18.
Stricker had a one-shot lead heading into the final round and many expected another duel at the finish. This duel died out early on, with Stricker’s generally reliable bet sorely lacking. He missed seven putts inside 8 feet, and his ball hit was also missed, leading to a 77 which fell in a tie for 11th.
Cejka finished at 8 under 272.
Petrovic also closed with a 67.
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) – Ally Ewing won the LPGA Match Play at Shadow Creek, beating Sophia Popov 2 and 1 for her second tour win.
Ewing won the difficult par-4 14th with a bird putt from 62 feet to take a lead of 2 and closed off her German rival with a double half bogey on par 3 17th in the final before the US Women’s Open at Olympic in San Francisco.
The 28-year-old former Mississippi state player won her first touring title in October in Florida at Reynolds Lake Oconee, still playing under her maiden name of McDonald’s. On Sunday, she won her first wedding anniversary with Bulldogs’ female coach Charlie Ewing.
On another long, hot day in the desert, Ewing won the second and fourth par 4 holes and held the lead 2 until Popov birdied the 11th par-5. Popov won the British Women’s Open last year.
In the semifinals, Ewing beat Ariya Jutanugarn 3 and 2, and Popov edged out Shanshan Feng 1. Feng conceded the game for third place in Jutanugarn due to the heat and fatigue.
FARSO, Denmark (AP) – Bernd Wiesberger successfully defended his Made in HimmerLand title, finishing with a 7 under 64 for a five stroke win.
The 35-year-old Austrian golfer won the tournament in 2019 and it was canceled last year. He finished at 21 under at Himmerland.
Italian Guido Migliozzi finished second after a 63.
KORN FERRY TOUR
GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) – Cameron Young led the lead for the second straight week on the Korn Ferry Tour, shooting a 4-under 67 for a five-stroke win in the Evans Scholars Invitational.
The 24-year-old former Wake Forest player finished at 18 under 266 at the Glen Club. He won the AdventHealth Championship last week in Kansas City, Missouri.
Young won $ 108,000 and rose from 26th to 13th overall this season. He is the 10th player in the tour’s 32-year history to win consecutive tournaments.
Adam Svensson finished second after a 67.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Bo Jin of Oklahoma State shot a 1 under 69 to take a two-stroke lead on the final day of individual stroke play in the NCAA Men’s Championship.
The rookie led by threes after a 65 on Saturday and followed with another day of sharp iron playing to reach 9 under at the tough Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club.
Senior Clemson Turk Pettit was 7 cents after a 68 on another hot day in the desert.
Jin and teammate Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra helped Oklahoma State reach 12 under, 13 shots ahead of rival Oklahoma in the tag team competition.
The final round of the individual stroke play will take place on Monday. The squad’s field was reduced to 15 after Sunday’s round and will be reduced to eight for match play.
Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines won the Japan Golf Tour Mizuno Open by three strokes, wearing his own clubs during all three rounds and playing with just 11 clubs. He finished with a 4 under 68 to finish at 17 under and earn a place in the British Open. “I’m getting older and the last two times with 14 clubs were really heavy,” he said. … French fan Lucie Malchirand won the Women’s Italian Open in her second start of the Ladies European Tour, beating Finland’s Ursula Wikstrom and England’s Gabriella Cowley at one stroke in Margara in Piedmont. Malchirand, 18, birdied the last two holes for a par 72 par and a total of 7 under. … Taiwanese Min Lee won the Mission Inn Resort and Club Championship for her third career Symetra Tour title. She finished with a 1 under 72 for a one-stroke victory over Savannah Vilaubi and Laetitia Beck. Lee finished at 8-under 211 at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. … Dutch Daan Huizing won the Irish Challenge at Portmarnock Links for his third career Challenge Tour title, beating Spaniard Eduard Rousaud on the first extra hole. Huizing closed with a 4 under 67 to tie Rousaud at 9 under. … Minami Katsu won the Resort Trust Ladies of the LPGA in Japan by three strokes. She closed with a 1 under 71 to finish at 9 under.
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