Collin Morikawa Wins Workday Charity Open
DUBLIN, Ohio – Two wins in just 24 starts on the PGA Tour. Collin Morikawa, Cal men's golf's only four-time All-American added a second title to his shelf on Sunday, winning the Workday Charity Open in the Tour's fifth tournament since the restart.
"It was crazy," said Morikawa. "I got off to a really good start. Thinking back 75 holes is a lot more than 72, for sure, especially when the last three are in sudden death. I'm excited right now. I'm so happy."
Morikawa indeed got off to a good start in his first ever tournament at Muirfield Village. He notched the second lowest 36-hole score in course history as he shot six under in the second round and held a comfortable lead with thirteen strokes under par after two rounds. However, he ran into trouble on the third day as he dropped to third place behind Justin Thomas (-16) and Viktor Hovland (-14). He shot a 72 (E) in the round with four birdies and four bogeys.
Nevertheless, he quickly made up the lost ground on Sunday, recording birdies on holes two and four and an eagle on hole five. On the par 5, his second shot landed him inside of a yard from the pin which led to an easy putt for eagle. He then fell one back of Thomas on 13 with his first bogey of the day, but a beautiful tee shot on 14 set him up for a 12-foot putt and another eagle to once again tie for the lead. An eagle for Thomas on hole 15 put Morikawa several strokes behind, but he worked his way back into a tie on the final hole to force a playoff.
Morikawa and Thomas replayed hole 18 twice to begin the playoff. In their first attempt, they both missed the fairway on their tee shots, but they both made long putts for birdie. The pair both birdied on their second playoff hole before moving to 10 where Morikawa sealed the victory.
"This is just the beginning for Collin," said Alex and Marie Shipman Director of Men's Golf Walter Chun. "His performance was one of perseverance, determination, and grit. The Cal Golf community continues to be so proud of him. His success shows what hard work truly is. It means a great deal to see him doing so well because it gives younger players on the team more incentive to pursue their dreams."
Now with two PGA Tour victories, Collin is tied with James Hahn for the most wins by any Pro Bear. His first title was just under a year ago on July 28, 2019 in his sixth professional start at the Barracuda Championship. Furthermore, his score of -19 is his second-best finish as a pro. The Bears have now had a PGA Tour winner in each of the last four years: 2017 (James Hahn – Wells Fargo Championship), 2018 (Michael Kim – John Deere Classic), 2019 (Max Homa – Wells Fargo Championship, Morikawa – Barracuda Championship), 2020 (Morikawa – Workday Charity Open).
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