Even if you have never watched a full golf game on live TV or as a member of the gallery in the real playing field, you would have come to know the name of Tiger Woods in any sort of way. From his amazing prodigy since Day 1 on the Golf Field, to his innumerable championship trophies, his fallout with his ex-wife over a sex scandal and so forth. One thing does not change: there can’t be another like him.
But this week, a 23-year-old pro who has entered the golf arena just shy of 15 months, may be able to reach the title, even go beyond the realms of what Tiger Woods have achieved.Born and raised in Los Angeles, Collin Morikawa finished on 13-under, making the total count of six-under 64, hence winning the fist major tournament of 2020 since the onset of the pandemic.
What more to acknowledge is that his record of 129 is the lowest weekend score by a major winner, going down in history and breaking those old record books.
Morikawa’s sudden debut in the sports arena comes as a shocker to anyone who have followed the PGA Championships more than anything. And just like Tiger Woods of those young days, Morikawa has his mind set on winning further and with more elegance.
“It doesn’t stop here.I’ve got a very good taste of what this is like, what a major championship is like,” Morikawa, University of California, Berkeley graduate, said after his victory.
“The majors are going to be circled in, just like everyone else, but I’ve got to focus on every single week. I’m trying to win every single week. I’m not trying to come out and just win the majors. I’m 23. This is my first full year.
I love golf.I love every part of it. I love being in this position and I love just being able to come out here and play with a bunch of guys that love the sport, too. ”
Just 15 months ago, Morikawa was still in college.
Just 14 months ago, he made his professional debut.
Even before turning professional, he had had a distinguished amateur career, spending time as the top-ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
It took him just four PGA Tour events to finish in the top three.
It took him just six tournaments to win, doing so at the Barracuda Championship in 2019.He started his PGA Tour career by making 22 consecutive cuts, and only Tiger Woods has started his career by making more. He finished second in the Charles Schwab Challenge in June before winning the Workday Charity Open last month.
Morikawa now has three PGA Tour wins in just 29 starts. Remarkably, he has more wins that missed cuts.
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