Collin Morikawa outlasts Justin Thomas in playoff to win wild Workday
On the energy of a closing 66 and a par on the third further gap, Collin Morikawa defeated Justin Thomas in a playoff to win the Workday Charity Open on a wild last day in Dublin, Ohio. Right here’s how Morikawa took the primary of two straight occasions at Muirfield Village, the place play completed up early on Sunday in an effort to keep away from afternoon storms:
Leaderbord: Morikawa (-19), Thomas (-19), Viktor Hovland (-15), Chase Seiffert (-14), Gary Woodland (-12), Ian Poulter (-12)
What it means: That is Morikawa’s second PGA Tour victory in simply his 24th begin since he turned professional final June. He broke by means of to say full Tour membership along with his win on the Barracuda final summer season and proceeded to place collectively a run of 22 consecutive made cuts to start out his professional profession, placing him second to solely Tiger Woods in that class. After the made-cut streak got here to an finish on the Vacationers two weeks in the past, Morikawa skipped the Rocket Mortgage and got here again this weekend to rebound with a win on the Workday. Morikawa very practically picked up title No. 2 final month at Colonial, when he misplaced to Daniel Berger within the first occasion of the post-COVID-19 restart. Three begins later, and he’s made up for the playoff loss with a playoff win. After simply 13 months as a professional, Morikawa will crack the highest 15 within the Official World Golf Rating. He now has extra wins (two) than missed cuts (one).
The way it occurred: Three again to start out the ultimate spherical, Morikawa raced right into a tie for the lead when he performed his first 5 holes in Four beneath. He very practically went ace-albatross at Nos. Four and 5 however ended up settling for birdie-eagle as a substitute:
Nonetheless, after a torrid stretch from Thomas in the midst of the spherical, Morikawa discovered himself proper again the place he began the day, three down, now with three to play. However a Thomas bogey at 16, a Morikawa birdie at 17 and a Thomas bogey at 18 erased the deficit and despatched the pair to extras, the place the fireworks continued. Thomas appeared to have the event gained (once more) when he poured on this bending 50-footer for birdie on the primary playoff gap:
Solely he was stymied by this response from Morikawa, which prolonged the proceedings:
Following a pair of pars as soon as once more at 18, the duo moved to the par-4 10th, the place Thomas missed his tee shot to the correct and was blocked by a tree, resulting in a bogey. A discovered fairway, an method to eight ft and two putts later, Morikawa lastly ended the event on the 75th gap of the week.
Better of the remainder: Thomas’ run of 55 holes and not using a bogey got here to an finish with back-to-back dropped photographs at Nos. 2 and three. After beginning the day two up, he discovered himself three all the way down to each Morikawa and Hovland by means of simply 5 holes. However he stormed again with 4 consecutive birdies on Nos. 8-11. One up on Morikawa although 14, he appeared to drop the hammer with this eagle on the par-5 15th:
It was the capper to an eight-hole stretch that Thomas performed in 7 beneath par, taking him from three again to 3 forward. However that lead disintegrated thanks partially to Thomas bogeys at 16 and 18. Thomas, who was searching for his 13th PGA Tour win and third this season, has now failed to shut his final two 54-hole leads after developing brief earlier this yr in Mexico. He falls to 3-2 in PGA Tour playoffs.
Greatest disappointment: The opposite member of the ultimate group, Hovland discovered himself tied for the lead by means of 5 holes coming off three straight birdies, however that’s when he began to get a bit wayward. Two journeys within the water at Nos. 6 and 14 each led to bogey and the latter mistake noticed him fall out of rivalry for good. However, the solo-third end is the newest in a string of high quality performances for this yr’s Puerto Rico Open winner. Having performed 5 weeks in a row because the restart, Hovland has completed: T-23, T-21, T-11, T-12, third.
Photographs of the day: Morikawa and Thomas put collectively their very own spotlight reel, however as for everybody else on the course, Seiffert and Rory Sabbatini developed an attention-grabbing technique for scoring at Muirfield Village. Each gamers on Sunday discovered the water, took a drop, after which holed out for birdie: