Morikawa serves discover with PGA Championship triumph

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Collin Morikawa made a shocking late eagle after the drive of his life to drag away from a jam-packed leaderboard and safe a two-shot victory on the PGA Championship on Sunday in just the second main begin of his career.

The 23-year-old American, who started the day at Harding Park two shots back of in a single day chief Dustin Johnson, shot a bogey-free six-under-par 64 to achieve 13 below for the match.

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Former world primary Johnson (68) and English Ryder Cup veteran Paul Casey (66) completed in a share of second place, whereas the wheels appear off Brooks Koepka’s (74) bid for a 3rd straight PGA Championship title early on.

Morikawa, whose just mistake of the day appear when the lid fell off the Wanamaker Trophy as he lifted it up on the 18th green, mentioned he was on “cloud nine” after the win.

“It’s hard to think about what this championship means, and obviously it’s a major, and this is what guys go for, especially at the end of the their career, and we’re just starting,” he added.

The first main of the COVID-19 period, performed with out followers on a cypress-lined municipal course, regarded headed for a playoff because the day started with 11 players inside three shots of Johnson, and at one level late within the round seven players shared the lead.

Morikawa bought his nostril in entrance on the par-four 14th where he chipped in from 54 toes for birdie.

Then, after narrowly lacking a birdie at 15, Morikawa hit the shot of the match as his drive on the 294-yard par-four 16th settled seven toes from the cup to depart him with a putt for eagle.

“We were just hoping for a really good bounce, and we got it, hit a really good putt, and now we’re here,” mentioned Morikawa, who collected the third win of his career and the second for the reason that PGA Tour resumed in June.

With the win, Morikawa joins Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as the one players since World War Two to win the PGA Championship at age 23 or youthful.

‘WASN’T MEANT TO BE’

Koepka started the day two shots off the lead however slid out of competition after going 4 over on the entrance 9, a stretch that included three consecutive bogeys going into the flip as he struggled with the thick rugged and green speeds.

“You know … wasn’t meant to be,” mentioned Koepka. “Three in a row, you’re not really supposed to do two in a row looking at history, but that’s all right. Got two more (majors) the rest of the season and we’ll figure it out from there.”

Koepka completed on three below for the match, tied for 29th.

Johnson, who was in a share of the lead late within the day, suffered a bogey at 14 shortly after Morikawa made his proceed. He is the primary player to complete runner-up on the PGA Championship in consecutive years since Nicklaus (1964, 1965).

Casey was tied for the lead when he reached the 17th however his hopes of a maiden main championship instantly slipped away as Morikawa, one group behind, hit the tee shot that led to an eagle and a two-stroke cushion.

“I played phenomenal golf and there’s nothing I would change,” Casey mentioned after his finest end in a significant.

“The glorious shots Collin hit like on 16 to make eagle, you have to tip your cap … He’s already sort of proved it but he’s really stamped his authority of how good he is today.”

Woods, who mentioned he would skip subsequent week’s PGA Tour occasion, completed with a three-under 67 for a share of 37th place.

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