The details are scant, but Jason Kokrak was involved in perhaps one of the most bizarre disqualifications on the PGA Tour this season.
Playing his second round at the Travelers Championship, Kokrak was playing the ninth hole at TPC River Highlands (his 18th of the day) when he piped his approach over the back of the green.
Shot tracer reliably informs us that his second ball travelled into “Unknown”. And that, for Kokrak, was enough for the 37-year-old three-time PGA Tour winner.
Kokrak was disqualified for not recording a score at the final hole. Apparently, Kokrak just got in his car and drove off. Well, he was going to miss the cut anyway.
Some golf fans speculated that Kokrak was driving off to LIV Golf with the PGA Tour in his rear-view mirror. Ciao.
Although golf journalist Jason Sobel reported that Kokrak simply did not want to hold up the group behind and as he was going to miss the cut anyway he didn’t want to mess around.
Kokrak did in fact try and look for his ball briefly. But it was a skull from 87 yards that he blasted into the rough. No chance finding that.
Amazing. https://t.co/2TZqmlFn2r— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelTAN) June 25, 2022
Texted with Will McGirt, who was playing with Kokrak. They didn’t realize the ball went OB. By the time he could figure out where to drop, the group behind was waiting. He didn’t want to hold them up and was going to MC anyway. But it wasn’t some walk-off from PGA Tour life.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelTAN) June 25, 2022
Kokrak is a Golf Saudi ambassador but he wasn’t in the field for the inaugural LIV Golf event at Centurion Club just outside of London two weeks ago.
Nor he is named in the field for the next event in Portland, Oregon in Portland Ridge.
Brooks Keopka, Bryson DeChambeau and Abraham Ancer will be in the field alongside the likes of Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson.