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Jason Kokrak claims his first TOUR victory at THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK. (Getty Images)

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KOKRAK CONQUERS SHADOW CREEK

Jason Kokrak had played in 232 PGA TOUR events and had never won. That all changed Sunday. The 35-year-old Cleveland resident went all in during the weekend in Las Vegas and emerged with a two-shot victory over Xander Schauffele at THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK. Known as one of the game’s longer hitters, it was his irons and flatstick that were most impressive, culminating in a final-round 8-under 64. “Game plan was simple: Hit fairways,” Kokrak said. “I made some putts on the front nine. I couldn’t be happier. Very happy with how I’ve been putting. It’s paying off with the work I’ve been putting in.” Kokrak earned 500 FedExCup points and is now fully exempt through the 2022-23 season. He also earned entry into THE PLAYERS Championship, the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, the 2021 Masters and PGA Championship. 

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WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU ZOZO

A year after the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP became the first official TOUR event to be contested in Japan, the tournament heads to Sherwood Country Club for a quick cameo due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a historic debut for the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP as Tiger Woods held off Japan’s own Hideki Matsuyama for his record-tying 82nd TOUR win. Tiger will be chomping at the bit to defend his title, and chase a record-breaking 83rd title, as he has won FIVE times at Sherwood from 2000-2013 when the Cali course hosted his TGR Foundation’s Hero World Challenge. Joining Woods and Matsuyama in search of 500 first-place FedExCup points are Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele along with notable sponsors exemptions Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood. Phil Mickelson is also in the field fresh off his victory on the PGA TOUR Champions (see below).

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LEFTY GOES 2 FOR 2 ON PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

Phil Mickelson is digging this 50-and-over circuit. The 44-time PGA TOUR winner claimed his second PGA  TOUR Champions event in his first two starts. This time it was the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Virginia, where he fired a final-round 7-under 65 to win by three over fellow lefty Mike Weir. “I have a lot of fun playing out here because I can play aggressive and get away with a couple of misses,” Mickelson said. “To play a little more of an attacking style, I really enjoy that.” Bruce Fleisher (1999) and Jim Furyk (2020) are the only two other players to win their first two events on PGA TOUR Champions. Mickelson also said he added a new driver to his bag this week to “get some more pop.”
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CHARITY CHALLENGE ACCEPTED IN LAS VEGAS

It was Bubba Watson’s idea. And it’s not surprising that it proved to be a charitable success. Watson and Rickie Fowler teamed up against Kevin Na and Byeong Hun An for a good cause at Shadow Creek on Wednesday. The nine-hole exhibition match saw plenty of great shots, including an eagle from Fowler on the final hole. In the end a good time was had by all, but the real winners were the Shriners Hospitals for Children and MGM Resorts Foundation.

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MIC CHECK

“I’ve played this golf course enough. I should know it by now.” - Jason Kokrak after winning THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK. Kokrak said his father lived in Las Vegas and still has family he visits in the area. 

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BY THE NUMBERS

17 - Greens hit by winner Jason Kokrak in the final round of THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK. 

2 - Holes Jason Day played Sunday before withdrawing with a neck injury.

2 - Score for Robert Karlsson on the par-5 18th at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic on PGA TOUR Champions. Watch the albatross here.