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October 20 2012

8:23 PM

Kokrak eyes big Sunday

By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Jason Kokrak has a little more incentive than usual to go low on Sunday. A bunch of his buddies are planning a Mexican vacation in early November and the 27-year-old PGA TOUR rookie wouldn’t mind putting his feet up and enjoying a cold beverage on the beach instead of playing the season’s final event. But Kokrak has some business take care of first. On Saturday, Kokrak, 117th on the money list, put himself in position for a big finish that would solidify his PGA TOUR card for 2013 after shooting a third-round 66 at The McGladrey Classic. “I found something in my golf swing and it’s been working,” said Kokrak, who was at 6-under 204 and near the top 30. Kokrak took a lesson while playing the Web.com Tour’s Chiquita Classic at the end of September, and it helped him get back to drawing the golf ball instead of playing a fade. At last week’s Frys.com Open, Kokrak tied for second and surged from 167th to 117th on the money list. The top 125 golfers secure full status for 2013. “Going into last week, I was very nervous,” said Kokrak, who is leaning toward playing at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, Nov. 8-11. “I didn’t know what to expect. I really struggled with my game, was a little bit down.” His spirits have certainly changed for the better. Kokrak hit 15 greens in regulation on Saturday en route to five birdies. While he ranks 171st in driving accuracy – “That’s not good,” he said – he feels more comfortable off the tee of late. Kokrak won twice on the Web.com Tour last season and said it has helped him get ready for the PGA TOUR this season. He would like to improve his accuracy and wedge play – and he wouldn’t mind one bit if it all clicked on Sunday. “It’s been a learning experience this year,” Kokrak said. “But it’s been good so far.”
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