Collin Morikawa reveled in an “fantastic” victory after worthwhile the PGA Championship on Sunday.
The 23-year-old American grew to change into the third-youngest participant to win the occasion since 1946 attributable to an thrilling victory at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
Morikawa fired a 6-under 64 inside the closing spherical to secure a two-stroke victory over Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey.
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“It’s fantastic. It has been a life goal, clearly as slightly bit little one, type of watching all people develop up, all these professionals, and that’s on a regular basis what I’ve wanted to do,” he talked about on the trophy presentation.
“I felt very cozy from the start. As an novice, junior golfer, turning expert ultimate 12 months, nevertheless to lastly shut it off and can be found out proper right here in San Francisco, nearly my second residence the place I spent the ultimate Four years, is pretty explicit.”
Morikawa produced some late magic with a chip in for birdie on the 14th sooner than an eagle on the par-4 16th after an unimaginable tee shot.
The tee shot at 16 reminded Morikawa of an an identical one on the Workday Charity Open ultimate month, when he obtained his second PGA Tour title.
“[Fourteen] at Muirfield is pretty explicit, and my caddie checked out me after I hit my shot on 16 tee and requested me the an identical precise question. It merely match my eye,” he talked about.
“We had been merely hoping for a extraordinarily good bounce, and we acquired it, hit a extraordinarily good putt, and now we’re proper right here.”
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At 23 years, six months and three days, Morikawa is behind merely Jack Nicklaus (23 years, six months in 1963) and Rory McIlroy (23 years, three months and eight days in 2012) as a result of the youngest to win a critical beforehand 74 years. Morikawa’s 64 inside the closing spherical moreover tied the underside final-round ranking by a PGA winner since Steve Elkington in 1995.
Casey talked about he observed potential in Morikawa as shortly as a result of the Los Angeles native arrived from Cal-Berkeley.
“The fantastic footage Collin hit like on 16 to make eagle, it’s necessary to tip your cap. When he popped up on Tour not that manner again, these guys who had been paying consideration like myself knew that this was one factor explicit, and he’s proved it proper this second,” Casey talked about.
“He’s already type of proved it nevertheless he’s truly stamped his authority of how good he’s proper this second.”
Already a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, Morikawa was proud to be alongside the greats.
“It’s good agency. It has been crazy, on account of this entire start of my expert career, I see all the points evaluating to Tiger [Woods] and doing all this after which Tiger is on a really completely totally different stage. I consider everybody is aware of that,” he talked about.
“Nevertheless any time you’re inside the dialog of the greats, Jack, Rory, Tiger, regardless of who it’s, once you’re in that dialog, you’re doing one factor properly.
“So to know that, yeah, what I’ve completed, what I did my Four years in college, was clearly worth it, nevertheless there’s merely that additional sense of feeling good in my coronary coronary heart, to finish out, get my enterprise diploma, graduate, come out proper right here determining I’m prepared, and determining that it’s attainable.
“, when you actually really feel you are ready, you are ready, nevertheless to be inside the dialog with these guys, it’s completely explicit and yeah, you acknowledge, I’m ready for the next.”
Sacha Pisani contributed to this report.