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Born: 22 May 1985
Birthplace: Ontario, Canada
College: Xavier University
Resides: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins : 0
Other Wins: 2
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: Unknown
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating:⭐⭐
Jason finally notched his first PGA Tour victory in 2020, winning the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek. Prior to that Kokrak was one of the biggest nearly men on the PGA Tour with three 2nd place finishes, two 3rd place and two 4th place finishes. He has two Korn Ferry Tour wins to his name also, at the Miccosukee Championship and the Albertson’s Boise Open.
Jason is famous for being one of two players to have ever had a hole in one on a par 4, at the 2013 McGladrey Classic. He was known as a ‘bomber’ when he first came on tour although some of the new generation have overtaken him now.
SG: OFF THE TEE
SG: AROUND THE GREEN
Pressure Performance Analysis
Runner up at the Valspar Championship. He began the final round 2 shots behind Paul Casey, shooting 71 to come up 1 shot short. After the round he said he’s feeling more comfortable in contention however acknowledged he finished the round poorly.
Had a 1 shot lead after 36 holes however dropped out of the lead with a 71 to trail by 3 shots after 54 holes. He eventually finished 3rd, 6 shots behind winner Kevin Na.
With rounds of 66-62, he carried a five-stroke lead into the final 36 holes of the AT&T Byron Nelson. Closed 72-70 to finish solo-fourth, two strokes out of the Billy Horschel-Jason Day playoff.
With rounds of 71-68-68, earned a final pairing with 54-hole leader Luke Donald at the RBC Heritage. Was one behind Donald at the beginning of the day but posted a 2-over 73 on the final day (including a double bogey on the final hole) to finish T6 and five strokes behind champion Branden Grace.
At the Northern Trust Open he came up one shot short to Bubba Watson. He led that tournament by 1 shot after 36 holes and trailed Bubba by 1 shot after 54 holes. Admitted he was a little nervy down the stretch however was only two shots off the best round of the day.
There’s no doubt Jason appears to find it hard to get over the line, however the signs are there that he is learning with each time he is in contention and has a strong final round average. Eventually he is going to land a win if he continues to put himself in the mix. However, his Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set at 2 stars.
Jason's win at the CJ Cup came after a missed cut. As did his 2nd at Frys Open in 2012, 3rd at AT&T National in 2013, 4th at Byron Nelson in 2017 and 3rd at Greenbier in 2018. Jason doesn’t need to be in top form to contend.
Likes it Tough
Prefers tough golf courses which aren’t birdie-fests and has a particularly high ball flight which gives him an advantage in certain courses with tough pin placements. Although his win at the CJ Cup came with a winning score of -20 (largely due to some exceptional putting), it is rare to see Jason score better than -16 over four rounds.
Major and WGC Analysis
Jason’s major results have improved since his debut in 2013, in particular, at the PGA Championship between 2016-2019 where his from figures read 49th, 33rd, 19th, 23rd. He has yet to record a major Top-10 but he was 17th at the 2020 US Open.
He has played a handful of WGC’s with his best results coming at the WGC – HSBC Champions where he was 8th in 2019 and 16th in 2016. He can be backed for this event in future years.
Jason has yet to be in a playoff.
Sony Open, 2021
"Yeah, I definitely tee it up every week trying to win and knowing that I can win, every week I don't have my best stuff. But knowing I'm going into the week with something good I know I'm going to be right there at the finish. Quite a few years, it was all ball-striking and I never putted that well. Switching to this putter, 36-inch putter, I think I'm putting well and the speed has been great. I'm very pleased with the ball-striking and I think if I can tidy it up a little off the tee I think we'll do some special stuff coming up."
BMW Championship, 2019
“Yeah, I guess I'm not considered a bomber, but I don't think there's too many guys out here that are going to consistently hit it by me, but I'm more about fairways and greens now. I've been getting better and better with the irons the last couple of years, and for me fairways are key. I hit my irons long, so I think that's a huge advantage. Yes, I can go low and I hit the ball very high.”
Valspar Championship, 2019
“I like it. I mean I like golf courses like this, that you don't have to shoot 20-under par. So all in all it's another good week, another stepping stone, I'm getting more and more comfortable being in that position, it's just, I can't break through or -- well, I don't even know what's going on back there, but, yeah, just not the greatest of finishes.”
“But it's just a golf course that suits my eye, it's a lot of right-to-left shots off the tee, a lot of irons, so I'm able to hit 5-irons off tees and 4-irons off tees and get it in the fairway, get it in position and then be aggressive because I'm in the same part of the fairway as most of the guys, but with one maybe two less clubs.”
“My short game's gotten immensely better and I think that it shows with the consistency of the way I've played all year long.”
The Greenbrier Classic, 2018
Q. You've really played this course well. Why so?
“I think I get to hit a lot of irons off the tees. Make a couple of those shots easier. I can reach all the par-5s. You know, well, besides 15, that's a tough one to get to. But I think the par-3s suit me well too because I hit my long irons pretty far and pretty high, so that helps out. One of these years I'm going to get one.”
Northern Trust Open, 2016
Q. Fell a little short but talk about the experience of being in the final group on Sunday at Riviera?
“You know, putting myself in position, week-after-week, is what I'm out here to do. I'm searching for that first PGA TOUR victory. I put myself in good position. Made a couple mistakes coming down the stretch but I hit good putts.”
“My nerves were much better today than they were yesterday. Down the stretch, yeah, I got a little nervy. You know, you've got to eliminate the mental mistakes.”