By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Save for the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, it's been a rough year for Jason Kokrak.
In his seven other starts, Kokrak has four missed cuts, a WD and hasn't finished inside the top 70.
"I think I was just putting a lot of pressure on myself, going out there and thinking about the cut line, thinking about different things," he said.
Thursday in Houston, however, the 27-year-old shot a 6-under 66 to sit near the top of the leaderboard.
So what sparked his lowest round since a final-round 65 at PGA West back in January?
For one, Kokrak figured out a couple of weeks ago he was taking the club back shut. For another, he had a comfortable pairing in Brian Harman and David Lingmerth -- two guys he knows well.
"The golf course sets up well for me," Kokrak continued. "It's a long enough golf course, the greens are firm enough where I can take advantage because I'm hitting a lot shorter irons into the holes.
"It's easy for me to spin it and hold it in position where I wanted it to."
And now he's in a better position on the leaderboard, too.