A lot has been going on in our William Murray world since we last wrote on that would-be Masters weekend back in early April—bookend with the rescheduled Masters kicking off next week from Augusta. (Nothing screams “2020” like everyone’s favorite Southern-fueled major taking place two weeks before a quarantined Thanksgiving.)
While the world has remained in some form of lockdown the past six months, we saw the PGA Tour get back to business in mid-June with the rescheduled Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Worth—our guys Pat Perez and Jason Kokrak back in action; Jason pulling off a T3 finish—his best since officially joining the William Murray team.
The former Xavier University standout outdid his early-season feat by notching his first career victory at the relocated CJ Cup—hoisting that long-awaited champ’s trophy on Sunday October 18th, weeks into the new 2020-2021 season.
It took ten seasons of grinding and 233 events before Jason finally reeled in that inaugural win—a testament to his work ethic, as well as the grind of the PGA Tour—as the majority of guys out there aren’t living that NetJets-fueled existence. It’s a week-to-week grind where things don’t go your way 99% of the time—but when you have one of those weeks, everything changes overnight.
As Jason prepares for The Masters—last season’s event, which he qualified for in the 2019-2020 stretch—he rides into this displaced major fourth in the FedEx Cup rankings and 25th in the Official World Golf Ranking. The win at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas weeks back; it merely locked in another trek to Augusta next spring.
The underdog—it’s not exactly what we purposefully seek out at William Murray, but the authenticity in the story of journeymen like Pat and Jason—it’s falls in line with Bill’s go-to mantra; “The secret is to have a sense of yourself, your real self, your unique self”—which is how we connected with such on-brand pros, while telling the kind of stories Hollywood wouldn’t write about as they seem made up.
For those who weren’t around William Murray back in 2016—weeks after we signed Pat, he called to let us know he was going to be sidelined an undisclosed amount of time due to surgery for a torn labrum. Just after he celebrated his 40th birthday, the 15-year Tour pro went under the knife and questioned what his game would look like upon his return.
With only a handful of starts under his belt, by way of a medical exemption—Pat knew he had to hit the ground running, and did.
Two weeks later, four good rounds at The Shriners in Las Vegas was good enough for a T7 finish, as well as a good omen personally after missing the cut there the year prior—his game bottoming out, before connecting with swing coach Drew Steckel that weekend and deciding to revamp his swing.
What happened next, no one could’ve predicted as Pat strung together four magical rounds in Playa del Carmen, en route to taking the OHL Classic at Mayakoba—his second career victory and it came in his third post-surgery start. From there, T3 in Maui to start the season, T4 back home in San Diego and T2 in Charlotte in spring. A spot in the Tour Championship rounded out a magical year.
With the 2020-2021 season now officially underway, Pat is currently in southeast Texas competing in the Vivint Houston Open—while Jason tightens up his game before next week’s trek to Augusta.
Both players will make another appearance or two this fall before hanging it up until 2021—which has all the makings of a special season with this dynamic duo.
Next up; a deep dive into Bill and the brothers' favorite fall apparel—as well as what you can expect sale-wise with the holidays on deck. Stay tuned.