He is 23 years-old, of Japanese origins but a Californian in all respects. Collin Morikawa won his first Major as a great new star of golf. American from Los Angeles, he has only been a professional for 14 months. In total he has only played 28 tournaments and already a victory, simply very important.
Morikawa is the surprise of 2020, in golf. Many think he will be the new Tiger Woods. A predestined, in short. At 23, only three other players had won their first PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, the greatest golfers of the modern era.
Collin Morikawa, the new golf star
During the press conference after the win, Stephen Curry, star of the Warriors and a great lover of golf, broke into the room and turning to Morikawa asked him if he needed a caddy for the next three months!
The champion said yes, stating that he supports Warriors. Morikawa in addition to glory had the satisfaction of winning in his land and earned a check for $ 1,980,000. From the University of California, he impressed with his personality, very lucid strategy and the ability to make important decisions in the most delicate moments of the race.
A triumph that catapulted him into the spotlight. In June he put an end to a streak of 22 consecutive cuts, the longest ever achieved by a rookie since Tiger Woods, who reached 25. Many see Morikawa as the right face to become a global advertising testimonial .
While waiting, the Japanese-born champion will take a few days off with his girlfriend, who is also a golfer, the beautiful Katherine Zhu. Collin Morikawa's victory at the PGA Championships 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.