It didn’t take fans at Whistling Straits very long to get into the Ryder Cup spirit on Friday, and one of the best chants of the day game when Collin Morikawa knocked down a big birdie putt.
Morikawa, who was paired with Dustin Johnson for morning foursomes, drained a birdie to give himself and Johnson a commanding 3-up lead over Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland. As the putt was making its way to the hole, someone in the gallery hilariously shouted “freedom!”
Here’s the video:
The Ryder Cup always brings out the best in fans, and U.S. supporters are even more hungry for a victory this year. They had to wait an extra year to host the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and their side has lost nine of the last 12 tournaments. We’ll see a lot more enthusiasm from the gallery before the weekend ends.
Collin Morikawa joined Tiger Woods on Sunday as the only two golfers to win both the PGA Championship and The Open Championship before age 25. Needless to say, the future is bright for Morikawa, and the sports world has taken notice.
Several current and former golfers congratulated Morikawa on social media after he won The Open Championship with a total score of 15-under. The 24-year-old took to the time to respond to many of the tweets on Monday morning.
Morikawa also had some great exchanges with media personalities and athletes from other sports.
Morikawa sandwiched a 4th-place finish at the US Open between his wins at the PGA Championship and The Open Championship. He began his PGA career by making 22 consecutive cuts, which was only three short of Tiger’s record of 25.
If anyone thought Morikawa was a flash in the pan, his performance over the weekend proved he is anything but.
Collin Morikawa on Sunday won The Open Championship and joined exclusive company with his victory.
Morikawa, 24, became just the sixth golfer to win two majors before the age of 25 (since (1934). The other golfers to accomplish the feat include Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Seve Ballesteros and Jack Nicklaus.
Amazingly, Morikawa has won two of his first eight major starts. He has five PGA Tour wins and three European Tour victories, all since turning pro in just 2019.
At The Open Championship at Royal St. George’s, Morikawa shot 15 under and finished in first by two strokes over Jordan Spieth. Louis Oosthuizen, who led entering the final round, finished tied for third at four back. Morikawa’s 4-under in the final round helped him make up ground and get the major win.
Collin Morikawa on Sunday won his first major when he took home the PGA Championship with a 13-under performance for the tournament, including an impressive 6-under round on the final day of the event. The 23-year-old golfer had been playing well since the resumption of the PGA Tour in June, and the major win was the culmination of his strong play.
On Monday, Morikawa sent a classy tweet about his win. He expressed gratitude and thanks to those who have helped him, and then said that the winning doesn’t end there.
Winning a major at 23 is incredibly impressive. Winning more than that may be even harder. Jordan Spieth won two majors at 21 and had three by 25 but hasn’t won one since 2017. Rory McIlroy has had many top finishes but no major wins since 2014. Dustin Johnson has his one but not more than that, as Brooks Koepka pointed out. Rickie Fowler is still searching for his first. The road ahead will be exciting for Morikawa, but not any easier.
Colin Morikawa had a smooth day on Sunday and great week in San Francisco, so his only misplay came after he was done with golf.
The 23-year-old golfer bobbled the Wanamaker Trophy he was given after winning the PGA Championship, resulting in the top of the trophy coming off. Take a look:
You can’t blame him for proudly shaking the trophy, but he might have gone a little lighter had he realized the top would come off.
If all goes well, Morikawa will have other chances to handle the trophy more smoothly in the future.
Morikawa shot a 64 on the final day to finish the tournament 13 under. He now has three PGA Tour wins — two of which have come within the last month. The Cal product had one other awkward moment after winning the major.
Collin Morikawa on Sunday captured his first career major, winning the PGA Championship in San Francisco by shooting 13 under for the tournament. And he did it all at the age of 23.
After making a par putt on the 18th hole to lock up the major, Morikawa started to celebrate. He headed towards his girlfriend Katherine Zhu and was about to go in for a kiss or close embrace, but then the reaction changed and they pulled away from each other. Morikawa put up his hand for a high-five instead.
Perhaps due to COVID-19 mask guidelines, the two avoided a kiss. Then they realized they could still hug and did that. They also were shown later getting more cozy.
Morikawa has been accompanied by Zhu at many of his recent events. She is a golfer as well and played at Pepperdine in college and also professionally in China. The two have been together since at least 2017, based on Zhu’s Instagram account.
Not having fans at golf tournaments has taken away from the excitement of the events, but Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa still managed to put on a show on Sunday.
Thomas and Morikawa squared off in a playoff at the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village. The format was sudden death, and it looked like the playoff could be over quickly after Thomas drained an incredible 50-foot putt for birdie.
Fortunately for viewers, Morikawa was not rattled. He answered by sinking a birdie putt of his own from 24 feet.
It’s hard to decide which putt was more impressive. While Thomas had a much more difficult putt, Morikawa had all the pressure on him knowing he had to make his to stay alive. We can only imagine what the exchange would have looked and sounded like if fans were in the gallery.
Morikawa went on to win the event in the third playoff hole.