Collin Morikawa wins his first attempt at this Major which took place at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. He became the 10th player to shoot all four rounds in a Major in the 60s, shooting 13 under par for the tournament.
The 23-year old Major champion earned $1,980,000. Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson each pocketed $968,000; each having shot -11 to tie for 2nd place.
Several players tied for the 4th place prize of $404,350; Day, DeChambeau, Finau, Scheffler and Wolff with scores of 10 under par.
Collin turned professional just last year. It was enjoyable in a refreshing way to watch play; calm, cool and collected while avoiding the extremes of stoicism and Tiger-esque fist pumping [not that there’s anything wrong with that].
He just looked like he was out there hitting golf shots and enjoying himself – what a concept eh.
Take for instance his final day drive on the 293-yard 16th hole that came up short of being an albatross by 7 feet; he settled for eagle. All in a day’s “work”…he took a chance and he was glad it paid off, now onto the next hole.
He has been knocking on the door in most of his PGA tournaments, showing off an extremely well rounded game. He demonstrates power, touch, course management smarts; and when he does miss it is usually a “good miss” leaving him a reasonable chance to recover and make par.
For instance, he led the field in drives finding the fairway and in key putting statistics in this most recent tournament.
Speaking of knocking on the door, I think Tony Finau is overdue for a Major, or at least a PGA tour event win, yet this season.
Signing off for now, Ted Williams.