Travelers Championship Jason Kokrak DQed;  Could this be an epic outing in the life of the PGA Tour?

Travelers Championship Jason Kokrak DQed; Could this be an epic outing in the life of the PGA Tour?

Jason Kokrak’s last shot from the Travelers Championship was a doozy, and it led to a most unusual disqualification from the tournament.

After hitting a 327-yard drive into the left rough on the ninth hole of the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut, his last hole of the day, the beefy Kokrak didn’t have much to play for and it showed. After opening in 3-under 67 on Thursday, he was 4 on the day – the damage of a 5-putt leading to one of two double bogeys on his card – and would need a small miracle to make the cut .

However, Kokrak, who is the 33rd player in the world, was only 43 meters from the hole. His all-or-nothing shot turned out to be a giant miss, flying over the green and crossing a road. ShotLink measured him as having walked “87 yards into the unknown”.

But rather than return to the original spot and take a penalty and hole out, Kokrak took all the balls he had left, jumped in his car and drove home. He was disqualified from the tournament after failing to hole out and record a score and failing to sign and return a scorecard.

The story of Kokrak’s corner in the great unknown would be strange in itself – who’s doing this? – but then there is the potential for a bigger start of epic proportions.

Kokrak, 37, who was sponsored by Golf Saudi even before Saudi-backed LIV Golf was a thing and played Saudi international in February with PGA Tour endorsement, has long been rumored to be a player likely to join the upstart circuit. However, that would result in an indefinite suspension from the PGA Tour, where he has won three titles and more than $20 million since joining in 2012. Earlier this year, Kokrak was one of the more outspoken players when he admitted that he was in talks with LIV Golf and his goal was to make as much money as possible so he could retire at 44 and see his children grow up.

LIV Golf still has three spots left in its 48-man field scheduled for next week in Portland at Pumpkin Ridge. Could Kokrak be one of the players to be named later?

If this was the last shot Kokrak hits on the PGA Tour – and that’s purely conjecture at this point – it will go down as an all-time march as well as quite a slap in the face of a Tour that’s been damn damn good for him – 20 million dollars won is not too shabby.

Jason Sobel of The Action Network texted fellow Tour pro William McGirt, who played in Kokrak’s band on Friday and attended his final. According to Sobel’s report, McGirt said they were unaware the ball had gone out of bounds and pointed out that since Kokrak was definitely going to miss the cut, the decision not to complete his round was actually taken as a measure. time to help the group behind them who were already waiting in the fairway.

As Sobel noted, “this was not a PGA Tour life outing”.

That remains to be determined.

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