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Collin Morikawa

American professional golfer

Collin Morikawa
Personal information
Born (1997-02-06) February 6, 1997 (age 24)
Los Angeles, California[1]
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight160 lb (73 kg)
Nationality  United States
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada[1]
Career
CollegeUniversity of California, Berkeley
Turned professional2019
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Professional wins5
Highest ranking3 (July 18, 2021)[2]
(as of July 18, 2021)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour5
European Tour3
Best results in major championships
(wins: 2)
Masters TournamentT18: 2021
PGA ChampionshipWon: 2020
U.S. OpenT4: 2021
The Open ChampionshipWon: 2021

Collin Morikawa (born February 6, 1997) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. He began his PGA Tour career with 22 consecutive made cuts, a feat surpassed only by Tiger Woods' 25-cut streak.[3] Morikawa has five PGA Tour wins – including two major championships, the 2020 PGA Championship and the 2021 Open Championship, winning both on his debut. In May 2018, Morikawa spent three weeks as the top-ranked golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.[4][5]

Amateur career

The son of Debbie and Blaine Morikawa, Morikawa is of Japanese-Chinese descent. He graduated from La Cañada High School in La Cañada Flintridge, California, in Los Angeles County. He played collegiate golf at the University of California, Berkeley, from 2015 to 2019, winning five times, including the 2019 Pac-12 Championship.[6][7] Aside from his collegiate wins, he won the Western Junior, Trans-Mississippi Amateur, Sunnehanna Amateur and the Northeast Amateur.[8] He played on the winning Arnold Palmer Cup team in 2017 and 2018, the winning Walker Cup team in 2017 and the Eisenhower Trophy team in 2018 that finished second by one stroke.[8] In May 2018, he spent three weeks as the top-ranked golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.[4][5] Morikawa graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2019 with a degree in business administration.[1]

Professional career

Morikawa made his debut as a professional at the 2019 RBC Canadian Open, where he tied for 14th place. On July 7, 2019, Morikawa tied for second at the 3M Open. On July 14, he tied for 4th at John Deere Classic. With that finish, Morikawa secured PGA Tour membership for the 2019–20 season.[9] Morikawa then won his first PGA Tour event two weeks later, at the Barracuda Championship – beating Troy Merritt by three points.[10]

On June 14, 2020, Morikawa tied for the lead of the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge after 72 holes. This was the first PGA Tour tournament played after a three-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Morikawa missed a short par putt on the first playoff hole to lose to Daniel Berger.[11]

On June 26, 2020, Morikawa missed his first cut on the PGA Tour at the 2020 Travelers Championship, ending a streak of 22 consecutive made cuts, the second-longest streak to start a professional career to the 25 made by Tiger Woods.[3]

On July 12, 2020, Morikawa beat Justin Thomas in a playoff to win his second PGA Tour title at the Workday Charity Open. The win was the first non-alternate PGA Tour victory for him.[12] Morikawa rallied from a three-shot deficit with three holes remaining, and made a 25-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to stay alive, before winning with a par on the third playoff hole.

On August 9, 2020, Morikawa won the 2020 PGA Championship to win a major in only his second major championship start.[13] His final round of 64 tied the lowest final round score shot by a PGA Champion, matching Steve Elkington in the 1995 PGA Championship.[14] With his win, Morikawa was the third youngest golfer to win the PGA Championship when he won the event at age 23.[15] Morikawa was also the fourth golfer to win the PGA Championship before turning 24 years old.[14]

On February 28, 2021, Morikawa won the 2021 WGC-Workday Championship at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida. Morikawa won by three strokes over Billy Horschel, Viktor Hovland and Brooks Koepka.[16]

On July 18, 2021, Morikawa won the 2021 Open Championship at Royal St George's Golf Club in Kent, England. Morikawa won by two strokes over Jordan Spieth. He became the first player since Bobby Jones in 1926 to win two majors in eight or fewer starts.[17] He also became the first player to win two different majors in his debut appearance.[18]

Amateur wins

Source:[8]

Professional wins (5)

PGA Tour wins (5)

Legend
Major championships (2)
World Golf Championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (2)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Jul 28, 2019 Barracuda Championship 47 pts (13-7-13-14=47)[a] 3 points Troy Merritt
2 Jul 12, 2020 Workday Charity Open 65-66-72-66=269 −19 Playoff Justin Thomas
3 Aug 9, 2020 PGA Championship 69-69-65-64=267 −13 2 strokes Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson
4 Feb 28, 2021 WGC-Workday Championship 70-64-67-69=270 −18 3 strokes Billy Horschel, Viktor Hovland,
Brooks Koepka
5 Jul 18, 2021 The Open Championship 67-64-68-66=265 −15 2 strokes Jordan Spieth

  1. ^ The Barracuda Championship employs a Modified Stableford points scoring system.

PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge Daniel Berger Lost to par on first extra hole
2 2020 Workday Charity Open Justin Thomas Won with par on third extra hole
3 2021 Memorial Tournament Patrick Cantlay Lost to par on first extra hole

European Tour wins (3)

Legend
Major championships (2)
World Golf Championships (1)
Other European Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Aug 9, 2020 PGA Championship 69-69-65-64=267 −13 2 strokes Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson
2 Feb 28, 2021 WGC-Workday Championship 70-64-67-69=270 −18 3 strokes Billy Horschel, Viktor Hovland,
Brooks Koepka
3 Jul 18, 2021 The Open Championship 67-64-68-66=265 −15 2 strokes Jordan Spieth

Playoff record

Web.com Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2016 Air Capital Classic
(as an amateur)
Ollie Schniederjans, J. J. Spaun Schniederjans won with birdie on second extra hole

Major championships

Wins (2)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runner(s)-up
2020 PGA Championship 2 shot deficit −13 (69-69-65-64=267) 2 strokes Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson
2021 The Open Championship 1 shot deficit −15 (67-64-68-66=265) 2 strokes Jordan Spieth

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

Tournament 2019 2020 2021
Masters Tournament T44 T18
PGA Championship 1 T8
U.S. Open T35 CUT T4
The Open Championship NT 1
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

Results in The Players Championship

Tournament 2021
The Players Championship T41

"T" indicates a tie for a place

World Golf Championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
2021 WGC-Workday Championship 2 shot lead −18 (70-64-67-69=270) 3 strokes Billy Horschel, Viktor Hovland,
Brooks Koepka

Results timeline

Tournament 2020 2021
Championship T42 1
Match Play NT1 T56
Invitational T20
Champions NT1

1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Win
  Did not play

NT = No tournament
"T" = Tied

U.S. national team appearances

Amateur

References

  1. ^ a b c "Collin Morikawa – Profile". PGA Tour.
  2. ^ "Week 29 2021 Ending 18 Jul 2021" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Collin Morikawa had an impressive streak come to a close at the Travelers". Golf.com. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Week 17 – Tavatanakit matches Vu to join top 10". World Amateur Golf Ranking. May 2, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Week 20 – Ghim Moves to Number One with Raleigh Win". World Amateur Golf Ranking. May 23, 2018.
  6. ^ "Collin Morikawa". ESPN. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  7. ^ "2018–19 Men's Golf Roster: Collin Morikawa". Cal Bears. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  8. ^ a b c "Collin Morikawa". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  9. ^ Romine, Brentley (July 14, 2019). "Morikawa clinches Tour card for next season; Hovland, Redman add to FedExCup hauls". Golf Channel. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  10. ^ Gray, Will (July 28, 2019). "'The gates are open': Morikawa rallies for breakthrough win at Barracuda". Golf Channel. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  11. ^ Ferguson, Doug (June 14, 2020). "Daniel Berger beats Collin Morikawa in sudden-death playoff at Colonial". CBC. Associated Press.
  12. ^ Ferguson, Doug (July 12, 2020). "Collin Morikawa caps wild comeback in sudden-death playoff at Workday Charity Open". CBC. Associated Press.
  13. ^ "Collin Morikawa seizes the day to claim US PGA Championship victory". The Guardian. August 10, 2020. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  14. ^ a b Everill, Ben (August 10, 2020). "Morikawa comes of age at PGA Championship". PGA Tour.
  15. ^ Murphy, Brian (August 9, 2020). "Collin Morikawa Delivers Magic at the P.G.A. Championship". The New York Times. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  16. ^ DiMeglio, Steve (February 28, 2021). "Collin Morikawa honors Tiger Woods with WGC-Workday Championship win". Golfweek. Retrieved March 1, 2021.
  17. ^ Farmer, Sam (July 18, 2021). "Collin Morikawa makes history with two-shot victory at British Open". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  18. ^ Hawkins, John (July 18, 2021). "Collin Morikawa Wins British Open at Royal St. George's for Second Major Title". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  19. ^ "Collin Morikawa Wins 112th Trans-Miss". trans-miss.org. July 9, 2015.
  20. ^ "AGC Silicon Valley Am: Morikawa And Donnelly Claim Titles". amateurgolf.com. January 17, 2016.
  21. ^ Romine, Brentley (June 18, 2016). "Cal's Collin Morikawa closes with 62 to win Sunnehanna Amateur". Golfweek.

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