Morikawa hit the driver on the 294-yard 16th hole that was perfect in flight and was still hovering on the green when he landed and rolled 7 feet to the hawk, but on Sunday afternoon at Harding Park Everyone won in the quietest position.
In the first major without an audience, the 23-year-old California ended with a bang.
“I was expecting a very good boom and he got it,” he said. “I hit a really good put, and now here we are.”
He closed out with a 6-under 64, the lowest final round win by a PGA champion in 25 years, to a two-shot victory over Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson, two of 10 players who had a chance at nine. Was.
Morikawa was as wild as any Sunday in the major, one of seven players tied for the lead. He led a 40-foot small chirp to the 14th green. And then he knocked out on the banks of Lake Mered with a swing,
The COVID-19 epidemic that moved the PGA Championship from May to August could only be played when spectators were not allowed. But there was one person who could not forget what he saw.
Casey clinched a big win with his first good shot to take Morikawa to 16th position for the lead. Standing on the tee in Para-3 17, he looked back and saw the ball roll towards the cup.
“What a shot, ‘” was all Casey could say. ” Nothing you can do but gives you the tip. Colin had taken that challenge and overcome it. This is what champions do. ”
The latest major champion of golf was still a year ago in the vicinity of Harding Park, finishing his degree in California and his All-American career, part of a new cast of young stars in a game filled with him.
He played the role of Harding Park only a dozen times while in college, but never retreated that way or with Tees.
He now has three PGA Tour wins and is ranked No. 5 in the world, taking his place among young stars by a beating of world-class players on a public course in San Francisco.
For Johnson, it was another major that faded away. He had a one-shot lead and did not do much wrong on this day except for the bird’s better chances at the fair. He took the threat on the 16th and cheered for Birdie when it was too late, and a birdie on the 18th gave him a 68 and a tie for another.
It was his fifth runner-up final in a major _. His only title is the 2016 US Open _ and his second straight runner-up at the PGA Championship.
Brooks Koepka proved to be all. He looked at the crowded leaderboard on Saturday night and did not see anyone with his experience of four big championships dishing on Johnson, as he “has only won one.”
Koepka did not make birdies until the 12th hole. He went behind a 74 by two shots, tying for 29th.
“This is my first bad outing in a prime time,” said Kopeka, adding that he spent nine years trying to please Casey and put his bid to win for the first time at age 43.
Youth rule these days.
Morikawa finished at 13-under 267, and many others were surprised at how close they came.
Matthew Wolfe, who grew up with Morikawa in Southern California and turned last summer with him, shot a 65 and joined 10-under 270 with Jason Day, Bryson DeChambo, Tony Feinu and PGA Tour rookie Scotty Scheffler done.
The Cameron champion, one of eight players who once had a share of the lead, lost momentum with a double bogey on the turn. Dechambu dropped two shots on the turn and never caught until it was too late.
Morikawa, in only his 28th start as a pro and as his second major, played bogey-free. His only mistake was at the end, when it was time to hoist the Wanmaker Trophy, the heaviest of the four major trophies. Morikawa’s eyes were bulging and the lid hit the grass.
If that was his only mistake, consider it a good day. A prime day.