Last week’s Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open leaderboard was packed with Americans, with the top 18 players all from the US except for Australia’s Cameron Smith who was back T15.
Jason Kokrak came out on top, with his final two rounds of 66-65 taking him to -10, two shots ahead of compatriot Kevin Tway. Scottie Scheffler, Kramer Hickok and Joel Dahmen rounded out the top five.
Kokrak was a 50/1 chance at the start of the tournament and his unexpected win continues a run of long odds winners on the US PGA Tour this year. You would have been happy if you used a bet365 promotion code on him.
Smith was one of the fancies prior to the event and the Aussies form is one of consistency this season. An opening round of 71 (+1) was followed with three subpar, sub 60 rounds for another solid performance on Tour.
Just one shot back was Australia’s Mr Nice Guy, Marc Leishman. The Leish has been steady during the season’s opening and his Top 20 finish was another good sign for the season ahead.
Adam Scott and Jason Day also enjoyed some weekend action, however they both slipped after strong opening rounds, both finishing T54.
Cam Davis was the only other Australian to tee up at the event and he missed the cut.
The Tour now heads to Sea Island Resort (Seaside) in Georgia, one of the country’s top golf resorts.
On the Live FedEx Cup standings, Sam Burns from the US heads the pack ahead of Sungjae Im of South Korea and Hideko Matsuyama of Japan in third spot. Jason Kokrak leaps to 7th after his Houston Open win.
It’s only early in the season, however Australia’s Lucas Herbert heads the Aussie contingent in T8 after his maiden Tour victory a few weeks back. Marc Leishman is in 17th spot, Cameron Smith is 61st and Adam Scott 63rd. However one tour win can shoot you up into the Top 50 and as we said, it’s very early in the season.
Meanwhile Australia’s Hannah Green received an unexpected pay day on the LPGA Tour – pocketing the biggest payday of her career – a cool US$1 million. It wasn’t for winning an event however – it was the prize for the Aon Risk Reward Challenge. As reported on the Golf Australia website “The Challenge rewards the player with the best scoring average on designated risk reward holes at 24 tournaments throughout the season and many were surprised to learn that the softly spoken and polite West Australian has been the most aggressive risk-taker.”
Green was stoked to take home the life changing prize and you can read all about it on the GA website here.