Collin Morikawa beat fellow American Justin Thomas in a tense play-off to win the Workday Charity Open in Ohio.
Morikawa, who led for the first two rounds, came from three strokes down with three holes remaining to force the play-off at the PGA TOUR event at Muirfield Village.
He won on the third play-off hole after third-round leader Thomas’ tee shot landed behind a tree.
Morikawa, 23, finished on 19 under par for his second US PGA TOUR win.
“Justin wasn’t going to give it to me. He was fighting through the entire day,” said Morikawa. “I’m excited right now, I’m so happy.”
Collin Morikawa’s ascent toward stardom is beginning to enter orbit. On Sunday, the 23-year-old phenom became only the second player in PGA TOUR history to record his second professional victory before his second missed cut (the only other player to do it: Tiger Woods).
His powerful drives and buttery fades have earned him a fast reputation as one of the PGA TOUR’s most consistent threats, a hypothesis buttressed by his performance in his first 13 months as a pro (eight top-10 finishes to go along with his pair of wins).
Why Collin Morikawa’s two 19-degree hybrids aren’t going anywhere. [LM1] [LM2] What about a pair of hybrids with identical lofts? It’s an uncommon setup that’s worked well for Collin Morikawa since he started toting around a 19-degree TaylorMade SIM Max hybrid the week of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Morikawa had never used a hybrid prior to Phoenix, preferring to rely on a utility 2-iron near the top of the set. Hoping to find something to attack the par-5s, Morikawa gave the hybrid a shot — and wound up recording four eagles during the final two rounds of the event.
He was hooked. Morikawa still brings the 2-iron out when the situation calls for it, but like Dustin Johnson — who won the Travelers Championship with two SIM Max hybrids — the now-two-time PGA TOUR winner has taken a liking to the hybrid, to the point that he now has identical 19-degree SIM Max hybrids to choose from based on the setup.
Morikawa will select his hybrid based on ball flight. When he needs more launch, Morikawa opts for a 19-degree equipped with Mitsubishi’s Tensei Blue 85 shaft; and when the setup requires something with a more penetrating flight, he has a 19-degree with Mitsubishi’s Tensei White 100 shaft at his disposal.
Ian Poulter was the top British golfer, coming joint fifth on 12 under. The Ohio event was added to the PGA TOUR calendar after the John Deere Classic was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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