Collin Morikawa Wins Workday Title on a Day of Tributes to Woods
BRADENTON, Fla. — Though he was atop the leaderboard, Collin Morikawa stumbled repeatedly on Saturday and Sunday on the PGA Tour’s Workday Championship, even calling considered one of his setbacks “stupidity at its most interesting.”
However surmounting the unsettling vicissitudes of golf with a successful, steely resolve is changing into the hallmark of Morikawa’s profession. Such a efficiency appeared particularly acceptable on Sunday when tour gamers and followers honored Tiger Woods by carrying crimson shirts and black pants, Woods’s signature final-round outfit.
Ultimately, Morikawa, 24, confidently persevered with a three-stroke victory within the World Golf Championship occasion to hitch Woods as the one participant to win a serious golf championship and a World Golf Championship occasion earlier than age 25. Like many within the match’s subject, Morikawa, who received final 12 months’s P.G.A. Championship in August, grew up idolizing Woods. Standing subsequent to the 18th inexperienced Sunday night, Morikawa stated of Woods, who remained hospitalized after a automotive crash in Los Angeles County, Calif., on Tuesday, “Tiger means the whole lot to me.”
He added: “I don’t assume we are saying thanks sufficient, so I wish to say thanks to Tiger as a result of generally you lose folks too early.”
Morikawa talked about Kobe Bryant and his paternal grandfather, Toshio, who he stated died a month in the past.
“You don’t get to say thanks sufficient,” Morikawa stated.
The third-round chief, Morikawa turned in a Woods-like efficiency on Sunday, holding off the strongest tour subject to date this 12 months. It was Morikawa’s fourth PGA Tour victory, a surprising turnaround from his first, inglorious second within the tour highlight solely eight months in the past.
On the Charles Schwab Traditional in June, which was the primary match final 12 months after the lads’s tour’s 90-day layoff due to the pandemic, Morikawa missed a three-foot putt that ended a two-man playoff that he misplaced. Simply three occasions later, he received his first professional match, then added the P.G.A. Championship. Morikawa has ascended to sixth on the earth rankings with a string of regular performances.
Going via the crucible of efficiently defending his third-round lead on the Concession Golf Membership could possibly be a springboard to extra victories.
“It makes me a little bit extra comfy after sleeping on the lead understanding that guys had been able to go low at present,” Morikawa stated. “I do really feel assured.”
Morikawa didn’t put on a crimson shirt within the closing spherical, though his clothes producer shipped him one. He stated climate might need delayed the arrival.
Morikawa was pursued on Sunday by two different younger hotshots, Viktor Hovland, 23, and Scottie Scheffler, 24. He additionally needed to fend off Brooks Koepka, a four-time main winner. Hovland made eight birdies to strain Morikawa, who entered the ultimate spherical with a two-stroke lead, however he faltered with bogeys on the 14th and sixteenth holes and completed in a three-way tie for second. Scheffler additionally had eight birdies, however a double bogey on the par-4 sixteenth gap was his undoing and dropped him to fifth place. Koepka had an up-and-down spherical with 5 birdies and three bogeys, which stalled his cost, though he managed to tie Hovland and Billy Horschel for second.
On Saturday, after Morikawa three-putted the thirteenth gap to make bogey, he referred to as the end result “stupidity at its most interesting.” He three-putted the thirteenth gap once more on Sunday, however this time it led to a par, which was all he wanted on the time to carry on to his three-stroke lead.
“I stated that yesterday as a result of I psyched myself out earlier than I even performed the thirteenth gap,” Morikawa stated of his “stupidity” comment. “However I discovered from yesterday.”
Morikawa’s victory was powered by constant placing, which proved to be one other turnaround for him. He ranked final in placing at his final match, the Genesis Invitational. He just lately consulted a two-time main winner, Mark O’Meara, a few new placing grip referred to as the noticed. He switched to the grip, and whereas the quick outcomes weren’t encouraging, he was undaunted.
With typical confidence that issues would flip round, Morikawa stated: “I wanted a full reset and I wanted to determine what was going to be an answer. And now it simply feels superior. I’m very excited with how I’m placing.”
Though most would contemplate Morikawa precocious — he turned 24 on Feb. 6 — he stated on Sunday that he believed he had grown complacent after successful the P.G.A. Championship. In that approach, the PGA Tour could also be solely starting to see one of the best of him.
“I used to be getting lazy,” he stated. After lacking the minimize in a number of occasions final 12 months, together with america Open in September, Morikawa rededicated himself over the 2020-21 winter.
“By the point this 12 months began, my sport felt actually, actually good — I felt some issues had circled,” Morikawa stated.