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.
Viktor Hovland goes back-to-back in the Bahamas with Hero World Challenge win
The Norwegian held off Scottie Scheffler to win by two shots.
Home favourite Thriston Lawrence survives late scare to win South African Open
The South African beat Clement Sordet by one stroke.
Adrian Meronk wins Australian Open as playing partner Adam Scott misses out
Home favourite Scott held a one-shot lead going into the final round at Victoria GC but Meronk shot 66 to win by five strokes.
Poland’s Adrian Meronk eclipses Adam Scott to win Australian Open
Despite taking the lead into Sunday, Scott was ultimately unable to repel Meronk’s challenge.
Thriston Lawrence and Clement Sordet set for final-day battle at South African Open
Thriston Lawrence leads his playing partner by two shots.
Adam Scott leads Australian Open ahead of Adrian Meronk
Scott moved to 11 under on Saturday, one stroke better than Meronk at the summit.
Adam Scott equals course record to share halfway lead at Australian Open
Scott carded five birdies and an eagle on the 18th at Victoria Golf Club.
Hole-in-one helps Tom McKibbin make strong start in South Africa
The 19-year-old holed out with a five iron from 232 yards on the 11th hole.
A nice birdie-fest – Tiger Woods expecting low scoring Hero World Challenge
Woods withdrew on Monday due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.
Adam Scott relishing chance to experience a career first at the Australian Open
The tournament sees men, women and golfers with disabilities competing on the same course at the same time.