Morikawa on ‘cloud nine’ after US PGA Championship victory
American Collin Morikawa admitted he was on “cloud nine” after winning a thrilling US PGA Championship in sensational fashion in just his second appearance in a major.
Morikawa emerged from a seven-way tie for the lead in the closing stages at
Harding Park by chipping in for a birdie on the 14th hole and then producing a
stunning eagle on the 16th, driving the green on the 294-yard par four and
holing from seven feet.
The 23-year-old carded a closing 64 – equalling the lowest round of the week –
to finish 13 under par and two shots ahead of overnight leader Dustin Johnson
and England’s Paul Casey, who barely put a foot wrong in pursuit of his first
major title at the 64th attempt.
Casey carded five birdies and a solitary bogey in a final round of 66 to record
his best finish in a major, with Matthew Wolff, Jason Day, Bryson DeChambeau,
Tony Finau and Scottie Scheffler all sharing fourth place on 10 under.
Tweet of the day
Morikawa was flawless on the course but his trophy handling needs a little practice.
Quote of the day
“If he’s trying to play mind games, he’s trying to do it to the wrong person” – Rory McIlroy feels Brooks Koepka’s is wasting his time trying to get into Dustin Johnson’s head about the latter’s relative lack of major titles.
Shot of the day
Having just been caught by Casey’s birdie on the 16th, Morikawa went one better with a stunning eagle from seven feet on the 294-yard par four.
Round of the day
Morikawa had to work hard to par the first two holes but was almost flawless after that with four birdies and an eagle.
Statistic of the day
Anyone looking for next year’s winner of the US PGA should perhaps focus on the young guns.
On the up
Collin Morikawa, whose brilliant victory lifted him to fifth in the world rankings after little over a year as a professional.
On the slide
Rory McIlroy’s respect for Brooks Koepka after the latter took a shot at Dustin Johnson’s relative lack of major success following the third round.
Justin Rose relishing packed major schedule after taking positives from Masters
Rose signed for a closing 74 which included a birdie on the 18th.
Hideki Matsuyama hopes Masters win ‘opens the floodgates’ for Japan
Historic win was seen around the world.
Jon Rahm ready for baby duties after finishing with a flourish
The new father was left wondering might have been at Augusta on Sunday.
Masters day four: Hideki Matsuyama makes history for Japan
Matsuyama became his country’s first male major winner while new dad Jon Rahm produced the round of the day.
Hideki Matsuyama survives nervy final round to win Masters green jacket
A one-shot win over Will Zalatoris made Matsuyama the first Japanese winner of a men’s major.
Hideki Matsuyama remains on course for maiden major title at Augusta
Matsuyama steadied the ship after a shaky start to his closing round.
Hideki Matsuyama enjoying ‘less stressful’ Masters as he eyes landmark moment
The 29-year-old holds a four-shot lead heading into the final round at Augusta.
Masters day three: Hideki Matsuyama out in front after weather-affected Saturday
The chasing pack on seven under includes Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele, Marc Leishman and Will Zalatoris.
Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama four shots clear headed into final round at Augusta
The 29-year-old completed the first bogey-free round of the week on Saturday.
Justin Rose leads by one shot as bad weather halts play at Augusta
The hooter sounded to call the players and spectators off the course due to an approaching thunderstorm.