The only blunder Collin Morikawa made during the final day of the PGA Championship came after he had locked up his first Major title.
The 23-year-old Californian dropped the lid of the gigantic Wanamaker Trophy as he hoisted it during the presentation ceremony at the 18th green of TPC Harding Park, adding a touch of humour to an adrenaline-pumping finish in the first Major of the revamped 2020 golf season.
Morikawa closed with a flawless six-under-par 64 for a 13-under-par total, two shots ahead of Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey. No less than seven players were tied for the lead at one stage, but Morikawa pulled away with a stunning eagle from seven feet at the 294-yard, par-four 16th hole after driving the green.
“It’s amazing. It’s been a life goal, obviously as a little kid, kind of watching everyone grow up, all these professionals. This is always what I’ve wanted to do,” said Morikawa, who turned professional last year and has already won three times on the PGA Tour.
“I felt very comfortable from the start, as an amateur, junior golfer, turning professional last year. But to finally close it off and come out here in San Francisco, pretty much my second home where I spent the last four years, is pretty special,” added the University of California, Berkeley, graduate.
In Collin Morikawa’s Bag:
Driver: TaylorMade SIM (8°) with Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX shaft
Fairway: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15°) 3-wood with Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX shaft
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue (19°) with Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Hybrid 100 TX shaft
Irons: TaylorMade P750 (4, 5), TaylorMade P730 (6-9, P) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52°-09SB), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (56°-14F), TaylorMade MG2 Hi-Toe (60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts
Putter: TaylorMade TP Soto prototype
Ball: TaylorMade TP5