Kokrak gets 1st Tour win at ‘home’ Shadow Creek

first_imgNORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. – In his 10th season, in his 233rd tournament, Jason Kokrak can finally call himself a PGA Tour winner. Kokrak earned every bit of it Sunday in the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek. He matched the best round of the tournament with an 8-under 64 to overcome a three-shot deficit at the start and win a duel on the back nine with Xander Schauffele. “Couldn’t be happier,” said Kokrak. The timing couldn’t be better. The CJ Cup moved from South Korea this year to Shadow Creek because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kokrak is an ambassador for MGM Resorts, which owns the prestigious Tom Fazio design. “It feels like home,” Kokrak said. “I’ve played this golf course enough that I should know it by now.” Kokrak began his rally with four straight birdies on the front nine, and birdie putts from 20 feet and 18 feet to start the back nine stretched his lead to two shots. CJ Cup at Shadow Creek: Full-field scores | Full coverage Schauffele answered with three straight birdies, the last one a 45-footer by using his putter from the thick collar of the 13th green to catch him. Then, it was a matter of who blinked first. That turned out to be Schauffele on the par-5 16th, when he only managed to advance his shot from deep rough left of the fairway some 85 yards into more rough. Swinging with all his might, his third shot peeled off to the right into more rough well below the green, and he made his only bogey in his round of 66. Kokrak also was in the left rough, hacked out to the right rough and put his third shot in the bunker. But he splashed it out to just inside 4 feet and made par for a one-shot lead, and Schauffele couldn’t catch up. Kokrak, a 35-year-old from Ohio, all but clinched it when he drilled his drive into the fairway on the par-5 18th, leaving only a short iron to 25 feet. He two-putted for his final birdie of a round he won’t soon forget. Kokrak on CJ Cup win: ‘Couldn’t be happier’ Russell Henley, who began the final round with a three-shot lead, never got anything going early and fell behind when he bogeyed the par-5 seventh and Kokrak was on his early run of birdies. Henley’s hopes ended on the reachable par-4 11th when he drove over the green into thick rough and, facing a downhill chip, left it in the rough short of the green and made bogey on the second-easiest scoring hole at Shadow Creek. That put him four shots behind, and a late push of birdies was never going to be enough. He closed with a 70 and tied for third with Tyrrell Hatton, who was coming off a victory last week in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Hatton closed with a 65. Kokrak played bogey-free on a course where trouble was never too far away. Justin Thomas, within five shots of the lead, has two straight bogeys on the front nine and three more in a four-hole stretch on the back for a 74. Rory McIlroy was at least headed for a good finish until he had a pair of bogeys and two double bogeys over the last five holes for a 74. Making it even tougher on Kokrak and Schauffele was Jason Day, the third in their group, withdrew with a neck injury on the second hole. That meant a twosome amidst a course filled with threesomes, and a lot of waiting. They still played at the highest level, with Kokrak delivering all the key putts. Kokrak earned a spot in the Masters next month from reaching the Tour Championship a year ago in August. Now he can plan on two trips to Augusta National, qualifying for the 2021 tournament by winning.last_img read more

Court: Indiana legislature can divert civil forfeiture money

first_img Google+ Twitter Pinterest Google+ Twitter IndianaNews WhatsApp Facebook Court: Indiana legislature can divert civil forfeiture money Facebook (“Indiana State Capitol Building” by Drew Tarvin, CC BY 2.0) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s General Assembly is within its rights to divert civil forfeiture proceeds for law enforcement purposes from a fund for schools.The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports the court’s majority recently said a constitutional requirement that civil forfeitures in the state must be paid into a fund that helps school districts pay for technology upgrades, building new schools and other projects doesn’t mean that every penny must go to the fund.Police and prosecutors have been permitted by Indiana law to divert for “expenses” a portion of the revenue generated through the seizure of property and cash connected to criminal enterprises — a process known as civil forfeiture. Taxpayers challenged how the distribution worked .The court also is weighing a separate forfeiture case . WhatsApp Pinterest By Associated Press – July 9, 2019 0 261 Previous articleBillionaire/90s Presidential Candidate H. Ross Perot dies at 89Next articlePelosi to speak to Young Democrats’ meeting in Indianapolis Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.last_img read more

Gulbis beats Ivanov and nominates Latvian tennis players under the leadership…

first_imgErnests Gulbis | Photo: Smith Smith / LETAAt the Tondi tennis center on Thursday, the second day of the Estonian-Latvian tennis team tournament “Merks Cup” continued with the success of Ernest Gulbis over Vladimir Ivanov, the result of which will be 5-4 in favor of Latvia in the match.In the fourth game of Thursday’s competition, the leader of the Latvian tennis team Ernests Gulbis (ATP 162) played Vladimir Ivanov (ATP 738.) with 7-6 (8: 6), 3-6, 10: 7.The first set went with the predominance of servers, reaching Taiwan. There was a similar struggle in it. The victory with 8: 6, playing the set ball, was won by a Latvian tennis player.Ivanov finished the second set with an elusive service in his favor – 6-3, and had to play the third set – Thai.Ivanovs won the mini-break in the first game, reaching 3: 0 in his favor. Gulbis scored four points in a row, but after a similar middle of the set, the game ended with an elusive serve and a beautiful play – 10: 7.The result in the national struggle became 5-4 in favor of Latvia.Agency LETA has already reported that in the first game of Thursday in the second racket fight of women of both countries Sevastova (WTA 43.) gave up Kanepi (WTA 99.) with 6-7 (1: 7), 6-2, 5:10, Kārlis Ozoliņš (ATP 1333., ITF Jun. 6.) defeated Jürgen Zopa (ATP 540) with 7-6 (7: 4), 6-7 (5: 7), 10: 8, but in women’s doubles Alona Ostapenko with Anastasia Sevastov gave way to Kaija Cannabis and Anete Kontaveita with 6-4, 5-7, 7:10.On the second day of the competition, there are six games scheduled for Thursday – four singles and two doubles.There is still the first racket meeting of the two countries for women, playing Alona Ostapenko (WTA 41st) and Anete Kontaveita (WTA 22nd), as well as a mixed doubles, the participants of which are not yet known.It has already been reported that in the first match of the first day, the 1333rd rocket of the world single-player rank Ozoliņš convincingly defeated Ivanov, who ranks 738th in the world rankings, with 6-1, 6-3.In the second game, Anastasia Sevastova, who is ranked 43rd in the world, lost 1-6, 2-6 to Estonia’s first racket Anete Kontaveita (WTA 22nd).Gulbis and Ozoliņš, who are not included in the doubles rankings, beat Estonians Ivanov (ATP 522) and Zopa (ATP 1419) in the third match with 7-6 (7: 1), 6-4.After the ceremonial opening ceremony of the match, Latvia’s first racket Ostapenko (WTA 41st) lost Cannabis (WTA 99) in the fourth game with 3-6, 4-6.The 162nd rocket of the world rank, Swan beat Zopa (ATP 540) with 6-3, 6-4.After the first day, the result was 3-2 in favor of Latvia.The tournament includes a total of 11 games – eight singles and three doubles, one of which will be a mixed doubles. Five games were played on Wednesday, but there will be six duels on Thursday, the last of which will be a mixed doubles.The Latvian national team includes Alona Ostapenko (WTA 41st), Anastasija Sevastova (WTA 43rd), Ernests Gulbis (ATP 162) and Kārlis Ozoliņš (ATP 1133., ITF Jun. 6). This year, this quartet was at the core of the Latvian national team in the Federation Cup and Davis Cup matches.Estonia is represented by the strongest missiles of the northern neighbors Anete Kontaveita (WTA 22), Kaija Kanepi (WTA 99), Jürgen Zops (ATP 540) and Vladimir Ivanov (ATP 738).The professional tennis season will resume in August, but until then, tennis players will participate in various demonstration tournaments.last_img read more