Collin! What a Sunday for golf that was. Oh em gee. I feel like I need a cigarette after that. Collin Morikawa fired a six-under-par 66 and outlasted Justin Thomas in a three-hole playoff to win the 2020 Workday Charity Open.
Morikawa now has more wins (2) on the PGA Tour then missed cuts (1). After an up-and-down Saturday, Morikawa took advantage of the earlier tee times this morning to chase down JT. With the win, Collin moves all the way up to No. 13 in the OWGR! WOW! One spot ahead of the GOAT (Tiger).
Speaking of Tiger, Morikawa is the first player since Tiger in 1996 to win twice on Tour before missing 2 cuts as a professional. Tiger won 43 times before his 2nd missed cut as a pro.
Everyone wondered after his missed three-footer in a playoff a few weeks back at the RBC Heritage if he’d be able to bounce back. I think the answer is year. Five birdies, one eagle and just one bogey, while playing in the final group with Justin Thomas. Morikawa was locked in.
He had EIGHT approach shots inside 10 feet today, including one on the third and final playoff hole. The 23-year-old was STONECOLD with his irons today.
Already one under on his day, Morikawa stepped up to the 230-yard, par-3 fourth.
That swing was SO pure. How does that not go down for an ace. He followed that up with an unreal eagle on the par-5 fifth.
He hit three wood off the tee 282 yards to the fairway. Then hit his five wood from 231 yards out to 3 feet. CASUAL.
Justin Thomas saw his two-stroke lead to start the day turn into a three-shot deficit. But, JT didn’t hear no bell. Starting on the eighth hole he made four straight birdies. Then on 14 he added another birdie before a dagger (or so we thought) with a 21-foot eagle putt on 15.
With that eagle on 15, JT had a three-stroke advantage. Thomas stumbled coming in making bogeys on 16 and 18, while Morikawa had another huge birdie on 17 and nice par on 18 to force the playoff. For as sharp as JT was on Saturday and during the middle of the round, he was that sloppy coming home.
The playoff did not disappoint.
Let’s take a look at the birdie attempts from both guys on the first playoff hole.
WHAT A PUTT from JT. Holy cow. He let out the loudest cheer we’ve heard on the PGA Tour since the Player’s Championship. BOMB. That was from over 50 feet. NO BIG DEAL.
Could Morikawa answer?
Obviously he answered. HE WON THE TOURNAMENT! But what a putt from the young gun. 24 feet. Right in the heart. STONES.
After both guys made par by missing their putts by fractions they moved to third playoff hole (No. 10).
JT found trouble off the tee and had too punch out for his second. Morikawa followed up a perfect drive with a dart to nine feet. Thomas hit his third to 14 feet and was unable to convert the par and Collin won it with two putts.
What a freaking day of golf. That was awesome. There was a ton of other stuff to unpack so check back in tomorrow morning for our Monday Morning Superlatives.