Warren native Jason Kokrak double bogeyed hole number 18 and finished 12-under at this weekend’s Shell Houston Open.
Kokrak, who was vying for his first career victory on the PGA Tour, started the day strong with four birdies through the first nine holes. That stretch included a pair of birdies to close the front nine.
Kokrak found trouble as he made the turn on number 10. His drive off the tee went right and found a water hazard. Kokrak was able to rally on the hole and save par to remain at 14-under.
Hole number fourteen proved to be a tough one for Kokrak. His shot off the tee landed in a bunker to the left of the hole. His par putt fell short of the hole as he bogeyed and dropped to 13-under. At that point he was two shots back of the leader.
Kokrak bounced back on the next hole. He walloped his second shot and rolled it up and onto the green leaving himself a shot at an eagle. Facing about a 50 foot putt, Kokrak rolled it to within three feet of the cup before tapping in for birdie. That moved him back to 14-under, but still two shots back of the leader.
Hole 16 was interrupted by a roughly two-hour weather delay. Prior to the suspended play, Kokrak was able to knock his tee shot to within ten feet of the cup. He would par that hole and then par 17, as well.
Hole 18 was trouble for Kokrak. His drive off the tee found the water. He eventually finished up with a double bogey, leaving his final score at 12-under.
Kokrak finished 9th overall. It was his fourth top 10 finish of his career and second this year. He shot a 66, 69, 71, and 70 for a four day total of 276. D.A. Points was the winner of this year’s Shell Houston Open, finishing with a 272 (-16).