Collin Morikawa is the winner of the 102nd edition of the PGA Championship, winning the first Major tournament of his young golf career with a score of -13, on his second participation. Behind him the English Paul Casey and the American Dustin Johnson, while the favorite of the day before, Brooks Koepka, king of the Majors in recent years, collapsed in the standings.
The young golfer from the University of California turned up on the tee of 16, aware that, with the advancement of the starting tee, the par 4 had become drivable. He had been told that this would not ruin his strategy and that he would not be enticed but when you are three holes from the deadline for a major tournament, and moreover you come from an encouraging chip-in to the previous hole, things can change.
This is the third overall success, the second of this exceptional season on the PGA Tour which saw him climb, with this triumph, to the 12th position in the world order of merit. Casey, -4 in the day, has most likely played the best Major of his career, renowned for having been as good overall as it is complicated in the most important tournaments, given that this second place is not only the best result ever for him, but also the placements in the top areas were quite rare.
Moving down the positions we find Matthew Wolff (-5), Scottie Scheffler (-2), Jason Day, Tony Finau and Bryson Dechambeau. As for the other stars, thirteenth position at -7 for the Spaniard Jon Rahm, twenty-ninth Brooks Koepka (-3) while Rory McIlroy finished 33rd at -2, a shot ahead of world number 1 Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods.
On yersterday: PGA Championship: Haotong Li leads
It had never happened before that a Chinese was in command of the PGA Championships, but Haotong Li succeeds, with a 65 (-5) for a score of 132 (67 65, -8) hits, in the first Major event in a season.
conditioned by the health emergency, which is taking place on the TPC Harding Park route (par 70) in San Francisco, California. Very bad, however, one of the most anticipated, Tiger Woods. The former world number one slipped from 20th place to 44th with 140 (68 72, par), after a 72 (+2, two birdies, four bogeys).
Also bad is the king of the world ranking Justin Thomas, 60th with 141 (+1), who avoids the cut along with Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay. Li, who has scored five bogey-free birdies coming up from 12th place and making his personal lowest 36-hole score on the PGA Tour, as mentioned, is the first Chinese to take the lead in a Major and has good prospects of being the first. of his country to win it, as since 2000 as many as 12 leading players or mid-race coleaders have succeeded.