YOUNG GUNZ! Baby-faced Collin Morikawa shot an opening round seven-under-par 65 to lead the first-ever Workday Charity Open by one stroke.
Morikawa’s low round in the afternoon was an anomaly thanks to some insane ball-striking as almost 70 players carded over-par scores at Muirfield Village on Thursday.
Before we get to Morikawa’s day, let’s take a look at the leaderboard and some of the big names that got off to rough starts. Adam Long ended up bogeying his final hole of the day so he dropped back to four-under.
Gary Woodland (+1) made four birdies on the day, but he also three bogeys and a double.
Phil Mickelson (+1) Phil went out in four-under 32, but he hit a wall. He came in with a 41! There was a stretch where he went BOGEY-BOGEY-BOGEY-BIRDIE-DOUBLE BOGEY-PAR-BOGEY. That looks an awful lot like my scorecard after a few hard seltzers on the course. Actually, TBH I’d be pumped with a 41 coming in.
Brooks Koepka (+2) Shot three-under on his back nine, but he went out in 41!
I’ve been there, Brooks. That’s when you start looking for the cart girl and some cold beverages.
Justin Rose (+2) stumbled out of the gates, making three bogeys on his front nine and never found his groove.
Ryan Palmer (+5) had a tough day. I know he’s not a BIG name per say, but he made a sextuple bogey! He put a NINE on the card on a par-3.
I hate to say it, but this is RELATABLE. Tee shot in the water. Drop in the water. Second drop to the water AGAIN. SEVENTH shot after all the drops to 32 feet and nice little two putt. I wonder what type of expletives came out of his mouth coming off the green. I hope he threw the last ball in the water on the way to the next tee box.
Bubba Watson (+7) After starting on No. 10, he was even thru nine holes. On his opening nine, he made three birdies, a bogey and a double. He DID NOT ENJOY the end of his round. Check out his scorecard coming in. YIKES.
While it was nice to see a course finally have some bite, Let’s take a look at Morikawa’s smooth 65.
Collin’s swing is so effortlessly smooth. He gained over five strokes on the field off the tee and on his approaches. This shot here is a major reason why.
On the times when he wasn’t stuffing the ball tight, he was rolling it pure.
That was a thing of beauty. Looks like he’s bouncing back from the first career missed cut rather nicely.
After his round Morikawa said this.
“I hit my iron shots good, tee shots felt great and I knew if I just kept that going I was going to make some birdies.”
Must be nice, bud. Never felt that way out there, but there’s a reason you’re on Tour and I’m not. Think I just found who I’m rooting for this weekend.
Some of highlights on the day were this sick camera angle they displayed.
Let’s be honest, for a second you were like I wonder if Jordan just destroyed that super expensive camera. He didn’t.
Rickie with some terrible luck on a beautiful approach shot.
Don’t worry he made the putt. Little gift (and a good roll) from the golf karma gods.
Back at it tomorrow AM. What do you think the cutline will be?