Collin Morikawa Back in the Winners’ Circle in Japan
Chiba, Japan – Collin Morikawa (-14) won the 2023 ZOZO Championship to earn his first PGA Tour victory in over two years. It was the sixth of his career. Morikawa rode the strength of his -7 final round to a dominating six stroke margin of victory over Eric Cole and Beau Hossler.
Given his ball-striking prowess, it’s hard to believe that it has been that long since Morikawa’s last win. After the win, Morikawa spoke about the relief that he felt as well as a little extra boost winning in the golf-crazed country of Japan, being of half Japanese heritage himself.
Though he ran away from the field in the end, Morikawa wasn’t the only player to impress. Hossler seems to have turned a corner after narrowly missing out on a win last week in Las Vegas, while Cole seems to have picked up right where he left off after being a top-25 machine last season.
American up-and-comer Justin Suh was the owner of the 54 hole lead but couldn’t get the job done, shooting a disappointing final round 74 after previous rounds of 68, 66, and 67. He finished T10 at -5 and remains one to watch as the season progresses. Robby Shelton and former teen phenom Ryo Ishikawa finished T4 at -7, one stroke behind Cole and Hossler.
Japan’s biggest golfing star, Hideki Matsuyama failed to show his best, finishing T51 at +5 but several other Japanese players had weeks to remember. Kensei Hirata and Ryo Hisatsune finished T6 at -5 alongside Min Woo Lee and J.J. Spaun.
Next week, the PGA Tour takes a week off as players get ready for the Worldwide Technology Championship in Mexico. Russell Henley is the defending champion there and whoever wins this year will need to make a ton of birdies.
Collin Morikawa What’s In The Bag
Driver: TaylorMade SIM 8° (Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 60 TX)
3 Wood: TaylorMade SIM Rocket 3 14° (Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX)
5 Wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 18° (Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX)
Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 50-09SB, 56-08LB, TaylorMade MG4 TW 60 (True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400)
Putter: TaylorMade TP Soto