Collin Morikawa Claims First Major Championship Victory
San Francisco, CA – Collin Morikawa (-13) played exceptional golf at TPC Harding Park to beat out a crowded leaderboard of many of the game’s best and claim his first major victory and third title since turning professional in 2019. The Cal product has quickly become known for his all-around game and consistent performances, making his first 22 cuts as a professional. He now has as many major championship victories as he does missed cuts as a pro and has elevated himself to a new level of golf stardom.
Any criticisms of Morikawa’s putting should be finally silenced after his clutch performances throughout the week but it was his driver on 16 on Sunday that will be the enduring moment of this tournament. Sitting at the top of a bunched up leaderboard, Morikawa launched a perfect high cut that landed on the fringe and rolled up to a comfortable range. He then coolly rolled in the putt for eagle to take an unassailable two stroke lead. He finished with a final round of 64.
It was a fitting end to the first major of 2020 and an overall exciting tournament. Heading into the final round, there were 12 players within three strokes of Dustin Johnson’s lead of -9. Below is a rundown of the some of the more notable performances.
Matthew Wolff was one of the day’s biggest success stories, catching fire on the back nine and carding a 65 to finish at -10 total and T4. But for a couple of missed birdie opportunities he could have easily found himself in a playoff with Morikawa.
Scottie Scheffler played steady all day after getting himself into the final group with DJ. He finished T4 as well and showed fans that he is definitely one to watch and that his first PGA Tour victory is surely coming sooner than alter.
Paul Casey was in it until the very end, playing rock solid golf and finishing T2 with DJ at -11. He spoke about some recent (re)discoveries in his game and seems a safe bet to finish high again soon.
Brooks Koepka made headlines with his incendiary comments about DJ and others on the leaderboard but failed to back it up with his play, shooting a disappointing 74 and finishing T29.
Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Sedgefield CC in Greensboro, NC for the Wyndham Championship. J.T. Poston is the defending champion there and will tee it up against a field that includes Tommy Fleetwood, Sungjae Im, Brooks Koepka, and Webb Simpson.
Collin Morikawa What’s In The Bag
Driver: TaylorMade SIM 9.5° (Mitsubishi Diama D+ LTD 70TX)
3 Wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium 13.5° (Mitsubishi Diamana White D+ 80 TX)
Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind 2 (52°, 60°), Titleist Vokey SM8 56° (True Temper Dynamic Gold S400)
Putter: TaylorMade TP Juno
Ball: TaylorMade TP5