Ultimately there was no need for a US PGA Championship playoff that could disrupt social distances. A wave of data, which will now surround Kolin Morikawa, golf’s latest major winner, stands out one element: just 15 months ago he was a college student.
Morikawa marched through a crowded Sunday scene at Harding Park, often seeing ties of six and seven to the lead. He produced the tournament shot, just when this was the case, with a towing drive within 2.5 meters (8 ft) of the Para 4 16.Th Hole pin.
As he slammed his put home for the hawk, the Wanmaker Trophy was his colorless meltdown. The 23-year-old, who has turned heads since joining the professional ranks last summer, won the US PGA by two from 13 under par. His final round of 64 emphasized a monotonous approach that was only his second major appearance.
It is not considered straightforward.
If we don’t already know, now it’s staring at us: Golf has a new breed of superstars, with Morikawa leading the way. He has missed several cuts as a professional – one – as he has claimed the major title. Confirmation that it has entered the top five in the world is likely to arrive on Monday morning.
“It’s amazing,” he said. “It’s been a life goal, obviously as a young child, to see everyone as I grew up, all these professionals, and this is always what I wanted to do. I feel very comfortable from the beginning used to do.
“As an amateur, junior golfer, turning professional last year, but to finally shut it down and get here in San Francisco, pretty much my second home where I spent the last four years, is very special.”
Luck favored Morikawa. On the 14th, Tricky bounced into the fairway at almost right angles instead of a drive bound for Ruff. Two shots later, Morikawa was sneezing for a crucial birdie. His only later misbehavior was an amusing and minor one: Morikawa raised the trophy so loud that the lid flew.
Paul Casey, Morikawa’s senior of two decades, emerged as the champion’s biggest threat. Casey posted a Sunday 66, as did eight shots better than his playing partner Brooks Koepka. As defending champion, Koepka made a lot of noise about upping Dustin Johnson on day four of the US PGA. Johnson gave Casey the final put of the tournament to join the under 11s. There was very little, very late, crying. Koepka simply capitalized.
Casey, who returned in four bogeys just one day, did little wrong. Morikawa proved to be very good, as is likely to become a subject. “Colin is fully entitled to it,” Casey said. “I played phenomenal golf and it’s not something I change. I am very, very happy with how I played. I had a very good attitude, was very calm and lived in the present. It was not enough. “
A leaderboard with young leaders saw Matthew Wolfe and Scotty Scheffler in fourth place. The Cameron champions, having been an integral part of the proceedings for so long, finished 10th. There were old hands in sight: Jason Day finished fourth at 10-under. Justin Rose shot one back and ninth.
Back-to-back 66s over the weekend meant Bryson DeCambo matched Day, Wolfe, Scheffler and Tony Finau. For DeChambeau, this result of “super valid” lockdown work has completely transformed her body and increased strength. “I played fantastic golf this whole week,” Dechambo said. “I was finally able to finish in the top five in a major. This is a fantastic accolade and the next step is to win. I think my game is quite good. “
Rory McElroy signed with 68, meaning a tie for 33rd. More notable than the fourth round birdies and bogies was a legitimate swipe of McElroe in Koipka, who had pledged Johnson’s aspirations for a major breakthrough during Saturday’s media duties. “I was watching golf last night and heard the interview and McElroy admitted that it was a little different from what he was saying.” “Whether he was trying to play the Mind game or not … If he’s trying to play the Mind game, he’s trying to do the wrong person. I don’t think DJ is really going to do that one. Is a matter of concern.
“I definitely try to honor everyone here. Everyone is a great player. If you have won a major championship, you are a player’s hell. This does not mean that you ‘only’ live; You’ve won one, and you have to do a lot of good things to make it happen. It is hard to beat a guy who has 21 wins on the PGA Tour, three times Brooks. “
Koepka is unlikely to reconsider his strategy but McElroy’s sentiment was solid.