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By : BGA Proshop
With the strongest field of the year, Collin Morikawa wins the WGC-Workday Championship.
In a show of support for Tiger Woods who earlier on in the week was involved in a car accident, many players in the field wore a red polo and black pants, Woods’s famous Sunday outfit and Morikawa planned to do the same. Unfortunately his package never arrived so he did the next best thing. Win the tournament and thank Woods after the round.
"You don't get to say thank you enough," Morikawa said. "So, thank you, guys."
Morikawa was the 54-hole leader and with a star studded field knew he needed his best to win.
Viktor Hovland was the first to challenge Morikawa with 2 birdies in his first 2 holes. Meanwhile Morikawa bogeyed his second hole and found himself tried for the lead.
He got his round back on track with birdies on his 5th, 7th and 9th hole but after a bogey on the 6th hole, Hovland reeled off 3 birdies in a row.
Hovland’s up and down round continued on the back nine with 3 birdies and 2 bogeys all but ending his chance for victory.
Just like Woods has done so often, Morikawa forced everyone to catch him. No one did, and his 3-under 69 gave him a three-shot victory for his first World Golf Championships.
"With how good the field was, how good my game felt, to close it out with such a stacked leaderboard coming after me, it really means a lot," Morikawa said.
Morikawa was down on his putting a few weeks ago while at home in Las Vegas when he decided to try to the "saw" putting grip that Mark O'Meara perfected, He rotates his right hand so that his first two fingers extend down the grip. O'Meara recently moved to Las Vegas, and Morikawa sought him out.
And then at Concession, he asked club member Paul Azinger for help with his chipping on the Bermuda grass. Azinger said it took about 10 minutes, more about technique to get the bounce in the wedge more involved.
Both worked beautifully all week.