Colin Morikawa the new PGA Champion

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10Aug2020

By : BGA Proshop

At the age of 23, Colin Morikawa has just won his first PGA Championship with a bogey free round of 64.

In what some say is the best golf shot in the history of the PGA Championship, Morikawa drive on the 16th hole which he drove the ball to 7 foot and then went on hole it for eagle all but secured the tournament.
His only blemish on the day was that he dropped the cover of the trophy at presentations.

Due to the corona virus there were not spectators allowed on the golf course but for all the viewers at home they were in for a treat. At one stage of the tournament there were seven players tied for the lead at 10 under which included Morikawa, Jason Day, Paul Casey, Scott Scheffler, Dustin Johnson, Matt Wolff and Tony Finau.

Morikawa was first to break from the pack with a 54 feet chip in on the 14th which moved him to 11 under alone.

Wolff was the first in the club house at 10 under and was joined by Day shortly after. Casey who was playing in the group in front of Morikawa was able to join him at 11 under after he birdied the drivable 16th hole.

But it was Morikawa who all but sealed the tournament on the 294 yard, par 4, 16th hole. Needing to hit a gentle cut with his drive he hit the most perfect shot which just landed left of the green side trap, took 5 hops before finishing 7 feet away below the hole. Then he rolled in the inside left putt with great speed making eagle and taking a 2 shot lead.

All Morikawa needed to do for the last 2 holes were to par in as the rest of the chasing pack was unable to catch him. Even with Johnson and Scheffler behind him they were unable to close the gap and this sensation joined Rory McIIroy, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to claim their first PGA Championship at the age of 23.

“It’s amazing. It’s been a life goal, obviously as a little kid, kind of watching everyone grow up, all these professionals, and this is always what I’ve wanted to do. I felt very comfortable from the start. As an amateur, junior golfer, turning professional last year, but to finally close it off and come out here in San Francisco, pretty much my second home where I spent the last four years, is pretty special.” Colin Morikawa


   
 
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