Morikawa was named an honorary life member of the European Tour



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Morikawa was named an honorary life member of the European Tour

Two-time Major champion Collin Morikawa (the only player to have managed to win the PGA Championship and The Open on his debut) has become the fifth American to receive a lifetime membership on the European Tour (which in 2022 will become DP World Tour ) after Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Patrick Reed.

Morikawa was named an honorary life member of the European Tour for his victory at The Open, the oldest major in golf, which arrived in England last July. The award came on the eve of the DP World Tour Championship, the last act of the European Tour 2021 scheduled from 18 to 21 November in Dubai.

In the United Arab Emirates, the 24-year-old from Los Angeles (world number 2) will try to become the first American to win the Race to Dubai, the order of merit of the circuit. Born in Los Angeles to Debbie and Blaine Morikawa, respectively of Chinese and Japanese descent, he began playing golf at the age of 5.

He studied at the University of California, Berkeley, where he played the sport from 2015 to 2019 before graduating with a degree in business administration. He turns pro in 2019 by taking part in the Canadian Open, where he places 14th.

In August 2020 he won the PGA Championship on his first attempt, then repeating the success in July 2021 with the victory of the British Open, again as a rookie. This made him the first golfer in history to win two majors on his first participation.

The Californian also becomes the seventh golfer since 1900 to win the Open on his debut - after Jock Hutchison (1921), Denny Shute (1933), Ben Hogan (1953), Tony Lema (1964), Tom Watson (1975) and Ben Curtis (2003) - as well as setting a new Royal St.

George's course hitting record with 265 (the previous record of 267, set in 1993, was by Greg Norman). In 2021 he participates in the Games of the XXXII Tokyo Olympics, finishing third after the planned fourth rounds, but on an equal footing with nine other golfers.

In the playoffs, however, he was overtaken by Pan Cheng-tsung, finishing in fourth place.

Rory McIlory: "I don't agree with the Super League"

Rory McIlroy, one of the protagonists this week of the DP World Tour Championship, scheduled from 18 to 21 November in Dubai, wanted to say about him on the new golf Super League sponsored by a Saudi fund.

"I play golf to carve out a place in history and to win the most important tournaments in the world. If, on the other hand, there is someone who does it just to earn as much as possible, he is free to behave in this way.

But my idea about the nascent Super League it's what I've always had: I don't share it." "Look at what happened, the Northern Irishman, in soccer. I believe that in sport, as in life, there are also moral issues.

I like to play in front of big golf fans and in historical tournaments, which excite me." McIlroy was part of the Junior Ryder Cup winning team in 2004, while in 2005 he became the youngest winner of both Irish tournaments, the West of Ireland Championship and the Irish Close Championship.

Also in 2005, at the North of Ireland Championship, played at The Royal Portrush, he beats the field record with a 61 at the age of 16, a record still unbeaten in 2019 at The Open Championship, played right at The Royal Portrush .

In August 2006 he won the stage played at the Le Betulle Golf Club in Biella, Piedmont, of the European Amateur Championship with a score of 274 strokes (65-69-72-68), 3 less than the Englishman Lewton Stephen. In October 2006 he represented Ireland in the Eisenhower Trophy and the Amateur World Team Championship.

On February 6, 2007, he became the second man to lead the World Amateur Golf Rankings, despite losing the lead after only a week. McIlroy made an opening lap with 68 strokes, 3 under par, at the Carnoustie Open Championship in 2007, which took him to provisional third place, three strokes behind the leader.

In the same opening lap he was also the only player on the pitch to close without even a bogey. In the second lap he shot 5 over par bringing it to +2 overall, still gaining access to the third lap by overcoming the cut. In the third round he finished with 2 shots above par, while in the fourth with 1 shot more than par, finishing in 42nd place, the best of amateurs.

McIlroy was part of the Great Britain & Ireland squad at the 2007 Walker Cup. His first appearance on the European Tour dates back to the 2005 British Master, a few days after he turned sixteen. He made it through the cut for the first time on a European Tour at the age of seventeen, at the 2007 Dubai Desert Classic, where he also had to forgo the € 7,600 prize due to his amateur status.