Collin Morikawa Punches Ticket to Tokyo Olympics
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Two years and four PGA Tour victories after graduating from the University of California, men's golf's Collin Morikawa has qualified to represent the United States at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Morikawa solidified his spot on Team USA after finishing tied for fourth at the 121st U.S. Open on June 20. With a No. 4 overall world ranking, he will be joined by fellow Americans Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Bryson DeChambeau who all qualified based on their positions in the Olympic Golf Rankings. All four are ranked in the top five of the 60-player field and they are the largest group to represent any of the participating countries. At 24 years old, Morikawa is the youngest member of the team and Cal's first men's golf Olympian.
The Olympic tournament will feature 72 holes at Kasumigaseki Country Club July 29-August 1. It will be just the second time that golf has been featured in the Olympics since 1904 as the sport returned in 2016 after a 112-year absence.
While competing in Berkeley, Morikawa became Cal's first four-time All-American and was a three-time first-team honoree. He was both the 2019 Pac-12 Individual Medalist and Player of the Year while also earning the 2018 Golfweek National Player of the Year honors the year before. Morikawa posted five victories overall as well as 22 top-five, 35 top-10 and 45 top-20 finishes in 48 stroke-play events. The two-time All-America Scholar also holds the school record with a 69.78 career stroke-play average.
Less than two months after graduating from the prestigious Haas School of Business, Morikawa won his first PGA Tour Event, capturing the Barracuda Championship on July 28, 2019. Since then, he has won three more tournaments: Workday Charity Open (2020), PGA Championship (2020) and WGC Workday Championship (2021). With that victory, he joined Tiger Woods as two only players to have won a major and a WGC event before the age of 25. He also started his professional career with 22-consecutive cuts made which is the second-longest streak behind Woods' 25.
"It's a remarkable honor for Collin to be in the Olympics representing the USA," Alex and Marie Shipman Director of Men's Golf Walter Chun said. "Collin has accomplished a lot and already has made lasting memories in his short career as a professional. But, I'm sure competing in Tokyo will be an experience like none other."
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