Collin Morikawa made a surprising overdue eagle after the pressure of his existence to drag clear of a jam-packed leaderboard and protected a two-shot victory on the PGA Championship on Sunday in most effective the second one main get started of his profession.
The 23-year-old American, who started the day at Harding Park two photographs again of in a single day chief Dustin Johnson, shot a bogey-free six-under-par 64 to succeed in 13 below for the event.
Former international primary Johnson (68) and English Ryder Cup veteran Paul Casey (66) completed in a percentage of 2nd position, whilst the wheels got here off Brooks Koepka’s (74) bid for a 3rd instantly PGA Championship identify early on.
Morikawa, whose most effective mistake of the day got here when the lid fell off the Wanamaker Trophy as he lifted it up at the 18th inexperienced, stated he was once on “cloud nine” after the win.
“It’s hard to think about what this championship means, and obviously it’s a major, and this is what guys go for, especially at the end of the their career, and we’re just starting,” he added.
The first main of the COVID-19 technology, performed with out fanatics on a cypress-lined municipal path, seemed headed for a playoff because the day started with 11 avid gamers inside of 3 photographs of Johnson, and at one level overdue within the spherical seven avid gamers shared the lead.
Morikawa were given his nostril in entrance on the par-four 14th the place he chipped in from 54 ft for birdie.
Then, after narrowly lacking a birdie at 15, Morikawa hit the shot of the event as his pressure on the 294-yard par-four 16th settled seven ft from the cup to go away him with a putt for eagle.
“We were just hoping for a really good bounce, and we got it, hit a really good putt, and now we’re here,” stated Morikawa, who accumulated the 3rd win of his profession and the second one for the reason that PGA Tour resumed in June.
With the win, Morikawa joins Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as the one avid gamers since World War Two to win the PGA Championship at age 23 or more youthful.
‘WASN’T MEANT TO BE’
Koepka started the day two photographs off the lead however slid out of competition after going 4 over at the entrance 9, a stretch that integrated 3 consecutive bogeys going into the flip as he struggled with the thick tough and inexperienced speeds.
“You know … wasn’t meant to be,” stated Koepka. “Three in a row, you’re not really supposed to do two in a row looking at history, but that’s all right. Got two more (majors) the rest of the season and we’ll figure it out from there.”
Koepka completed on 3 below for the event, tied for 29th.
Johnson, who was once in a percentage of the lead overdue within the day, suffered a bogey at 14 in a while after Morikawa made his transfer. He is the primary participant to complete runner-up on the PGA Championship in consecutive years since Nicklaus (1964, 1965).
Casey was once tied for the lead when he reached the 17th however his hopes of a maiden main championship all at once slipped away as Morikawa, one team in the back of, hit the tee shot that resulted in an eagle and a two-stroke cushion.
“I played phenomenal golf and there’s nothing I would change,” Casey stated after his easiest end in a significant.
“The glorious shots Collin hit like on 16 to make eagle, you have to tip your cap … He’s already sort of proved it but he’s really stamped his authority of how good he is today.”
Woods, who stated he would skip subsequent week’s PGA Tour tournament, completed with a three-under 67 for a percentage of 37th position.