Lowry leaves with confidence as Kokrak claims CJ Cup


Shane Lowry (Photo by Chris Keane/Getty Images)

Shane Lowry will hope that his five-under par round of 67 to close out his CJ Cup bid could prove to be a springboard for some Masters momentum ahead of the November major.

The Clara star saved his best round for last at Shadow Creek, firing an impressive seven birdies on his way to a tied 28th finish at five-under par.

It was a significant payday in the end for Lowry who bolted 17 places up the leaderboard before collecting $57,135 for the top-30 finish.


It was also a week in which the current Open Champion fired 19 birdies meaning the good golf is good enough, it will just be a case of trying to limit the mistakes in the weeks to come.

It will be a similar pep talk for Rory McIlroy who played plenty of good golf this week in Vegas before his outlook was somewhat spoiled when playing his last five holes in five-over par on Sunday.

The Holywood star has been searching for form since the Tour restart but looked like he’d found it whilst cruising bogey-free at four-under through his fourth round before getting to the 14th tee.

There, he sprayed his drive right and made bogey before over-compensating at the next and going left and making double. More trouble left off the tee on 16 led to another bogey, this time on the par-5, before McIlroy failed to find the green on the par-3 17th and three-putted from 20 feet for another double.

The four-time Major winner signed for a two-over par 74 to finish one stroke ahead of Lowry at six-under while also collecting a cheque worth $91,956.42.

Meanwhile, nearly-man Jason Kokrak finally got one over the line to celebrate a maiden PGA Tour win in Sin City.

The American was superb, firing a final round eight-under par 64 to hold off a star studded field with Xander Schauffele and Tyrrell Hatton pushing him all the way in the desert.

“It’s still setting in, so very excited,” said Kokrak.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to get my first win, nonetheless here in Vegas. Part of the MGM crew and the rest of my sponsors obviously. Pretty special win. Ten years out here on the PGA TOUR’s been a long career so far, so to wait so long for my first win, it’s a pretty special thing.”

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