Collin Morikawa

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Collin Morikawa
Personal information
Born (1997-02-06) February 6, 1997 (age 23)
Los Angeles, California[1]
Nationality United States
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada[1]
Career
CollegeUniversity of California, Berkeley
Turned professional2019
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Professional wins3
Highest ranking5 (August 9, 2020)[2]
(as of August 9, 2020)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour3
European Tour1
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipWon: 2020
U.S. OpenT35: 2019
The Open ChampionshipDNP

Collin Morikawa (born February 6, 1997) is an American professional golfer. He began his PGA Tour career with 22 consecutive made cuts, a feat surpassed only by Tiger Woods' 25-cut streak.[3] Morikawa has three PGA Tour wins and two runner-up finishes. In May 2018, Morikawa spent three weeks as the top-ranked golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.[4][5]

On August 9, 2020, Morikawa won the 2020 PGA Championship, his first major championship title. Morikawa is the first player to win the PGA Championship in his debut since Keegan Bradley in 2011. At age 23, Morikawa became the fourth person to win the PGA Championship in the stroke play era before the age of 24, after Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, and Rory McIlroy.[6]

Amateur career[edit]

The son of Debbie and Blaine Morikawa, Morikawa graduated from La Cañada High School. He played collegiate golf at the University of California, Berkeley from 2015 to 2019, winning five times including the 2019 Pac-12 Championship.[7][8] Aside from his collegiate wins, he won the Western Junior, Trans-Mississippi Amateur, Sunnehanna Amateur and the Northeast Amateur.[9] 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.[9] In May 2018, he spent three weeks as the top-ranked golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.[4][5] Morikawa graduated in 2019 with a degree in business administration.[1]

Professional career[edit]

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 locked up PGA Tour membership for the 2019–20 season.[10] Morikawa then won his first PGA Tour event two weeks later, at the Barracuda Championship – beating Troy Merritt by three points.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] His final round of 64 tied the lowest final round score shot by a PGA Champion, matching Steve Elkington in the 1995 PGA Championship.[6]

Amateur wins[edit]

Source:[9]

Professional wins (3)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (3)[edit]

Legend
Major 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 United States Troy Merritt
2 Jul 12, 2020 Workday Charity Open 65-66-72-66=269 −19 Playoff United States Justin Thomas
3 Aug 9, 2020 PGA Championship 69-69-65-64=267 −13 2 strokes England Paul Casey, United States Dustin Johnson
  1. ^ The Barracuda Championship employs a Modified Stableford points scoring system.

PGA Tour playoff record (1–1)

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

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other European Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 Aug 9, 2020 PGA Championship 69-69-65-64=267 −13 2 strokes England Paul Casey, United States Dustin Johnson

Playoff record[edit]

Web.com Tour playoff record (0–1)

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

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship 54 holes Winning score Margin Runners-up
2020 PGA Championship 2 shot deficit −13 (69-69-65-64=267) 2 strokes England Paul Casey, United States Dustin Johnson

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

Tournament 2019 2020
Masters Tournament
PGA Championship 1
U.S. Open T35
The Open Championship NT
  Win
  Did not play

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

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2020
Championship T42
Match Play NT1
Invitational T20
Champions

1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Did not play

NT = No tournament
"T" = Tied

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Collin Morikawa – Profile". PGA Tour.
  2. ^ "Week 32 2020 Ending 9 Aug 2020" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  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. ^ a b Everill, Ben (August 10, 2020). "Morikawa comes of age at PGA Championship". PGA Tour.
  7. ^ "Collin Morikawa". ESPN. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "2018–19 Men's Golf Roster: Collin Morikawa". Cal Bears. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c "Collin Morikawa". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  10. ^ Romine, Brentley (July 14, 2019). "Morikawa clinches Tour card for next season; Hovland, Redman add to FedExCup hauls". Golf Channel. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  11. ^ Gray, Will (July 28, 2019). "'The gates are open': Morikawa rallies for breakthrough win at Barracuda". Golf Channel. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  12. ^ Ferguson, Doug (June 14, 2020). "Daniel Berger beats Collin Morikawa in sudden-death playoff at Colonial". CBC. Associated Press.
  13. ^ Ferguson, Doug (July 12, 2020). "Collin Morikawa caps wild comeback in sudden-death playoff at Workday Charity Open". CBC. Associated Press.
  14. ^ "Collin Morikawa seizes the day to claim US PGA Championship victory". The Guardian. August 10, 2020. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  15. ^ "Collin Morikawa Wins 112th Trans-Miss". trans-miss.org. July 9, 2015.
  16. ^ "AGC Silicon Valley Am: Morikawa And Donnelly Claim Titles". amateurgolf.com. January 17, 2016.
  17. ^ Romine, Brentley (June 18, 2016). "Cal's Collin Morikawa closes with 62 to win Sunnehanna Amateur". Golfweek.

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