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Sports Morikawa clutch in finish and playoff to win Workday Open

01:10  13 july  2020
01:10  13 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

Recharged Hughes ready for back-to-back events at Muirfield Village

  Recharged Hughes ready for back-to-back events at Muirfield Village The week following each of his two top-three finishes this year, Mackenzie Hughes took a break. The first occasion - after his solo-second result at the Honda Classic - was circumstantial. At the time, he did not qualify for the subsequent Arnold Palmer Invitational, then the coronavirus pandemic shut down the PGA Tour for three months. But skipping last week's Rocket Mortgage Classic after his sensational run at the Travelers Championship - where he drained two miraculous birdie putts on his final two holes to finish in a tie for third - was by choice.

The Morikawa -Thomas duel on Sunday provided the most exciting finish of the PGA Tour restart to Collin Morikawa took down Justin Thomas in a three-hole playoff on Sunday that had more peaks But Thomas would bogey two of the final three, and Morikawa played them in 1 under to take him to

Collin Morikawa hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation during his second round at the Workday Charity Open , finishing at 13 under for the tournament. Morikawa finished his day in 1st at 13 under; Kevin Streelman and Justin Thomas are tied for 2nd at 10 under; and Hideki Matsuyama and Sam Burns

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DUBLIN, Ohio — Collin Morikawa figured his tournament was over if he didn’t make a 5-foot par putt on the 15th hole at Muirfield Village.

He couldn’t have imagined all the fun was just starting.

Still three shots behind Justin Thomas with three holes to play, Morikawa made only one birdie and it was enough for a 6-under 66 to force a playoff.

The three times he played the 18th hole, he twice could only watch as Thomas had 10-foot putts for the win.

The other time, Morikawa had to make a 25-foot putt to keep playing.

The only dull moment Sunday at the Workday Charity Open was the end, when Morikawa took two putts for par from just inside 10 feet to beat Thomas on the third playoff hole and win for the second time in his career.

Canadians Hadwin, Taylor and Sloan near the top at PGA Tour event

  Canadians Hadwin, Taylor and Sloan near the top at PGA Tour event DUBLIN, Ohio — A trio of Canadians are near the top of the leaderboard following the opening round of the PGA Tour's Workday Charity Open on Thursday. Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., posted the highest score among Canadian golfers with a 6-under 66. He's one stroke behind leader Collin Morikawa who shot a 7-under 65. Nick Taylor, also of Abbotsford, was in a group of four golfers two shots behind back at 5 under, while Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C. shot a 4-under 68 Thursday. He is in an 11-way tie for seventh place. Taylor is playing in his first tournament on tour since the PGA restarted last month during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Morikawa is coming off his first missed cut since turning pro last summer when he failed to get into weekend play at last month's Travelers Championship. - Bubble Boys -. The Workday Open this week became the first PGA tournament to lump its coronavirus positive players into the same grouping.

© APWF Collin Morikawa reacts to making a putt on the 18h green during the third round of the Workday Charity Open golf tournament, Saturday And after turning a three-shot deficit into a two-shot lead with another clean card, he certainly didn't see any need to sprint to the finish at Muirfield

“Amazing,” Morikawa said when asked how he would sum up the day to someone who only saw the result.

That covered a lot of territory.

Morikawa never looked like the winner until it was over.

Thomas had 10 straight one-putt greens, the last one a 25-foot eagle putt on the par-5 15th for the three-shot lead with three holes to play. And while he made two bogeys for a 69 that allowed for a playoff, he had reason to think it was over when he made a 50-foot birdie putt from the back of the 18th green.

“I never assumed it was over,” Thomas said. “Percentages would say that it heavily is close to being that way. ... I just tried to keep my head down and think he’s going to make it, but hoping he’s not, selfishly, but he did.”

Roger Sloan of Merritt, B.C., was the top Canadian, finishing in a tie for 27th at 7 under, 12 off the pace. Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., tied for 35th at 5 under, Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., tied for 39th at 4 under, and Abbotsford's Nick Taylor and Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., tied for 48th at 3 under.

Morikawa takes 3-shot lead into weekend at Muirfield Village

  Morikawa takes 3-shot lead into weekend at Muirfield Village DUBLIN, Ohio — Muirfield Village was supposed to be set up easier for the first of two straight PGA Tour events. It sure didn't feel that way to Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose and others who missed the cut at the Workday Charity Open. The second round was completed Saturday because of two storm delays. With gentle morning conditions, Koepka had little chance of having enough players fall back to let him get within the top 65 to make the cut. Koepka closed with five birdies in seven holes Friday evening, but his 74-69 was one shot short.

© APWF Collin Morikawa reacts to making a putt on the 18h green during the third round of the Workday Charity Open golf tournament, Saturday And after turning a three-shot deficit into a two-shot lead with another clean card, he certainly didn't see any need to sprint to the finish at Muirfield

American Collin Morikawa carded a 66 and leads by three strokes at -13 after the second round of the PGA Tour's Workday Charity Open . Duration: 00:41 1 day ago.

Thomas missed a 10-footer for par in regulation, and a putt close to that same line for birdie on the second extra hole. He was done in by a tee shot on No. 10 that wound up in the rough behind a tree, forcing him to pitch out 102 yards short of the green. He missed his 15-foot par putt, leading to Morikawa’s two-putt par and the win.

It was a wild ride for Thomas, too. He started with a two-shot lead, trailed by three after just five holes, made four straight birdies and was ahead by three shots 10 holes later, and ultimately lost in a playoff.

“It’s completely unacceptable to give up a three-shot lead with three to go,” Thomas said. “I’m upset, I’m disappointed in myself. But at the end of the day it’s over with now, and I just need to take some time this afternoon and tonight to build on it and figure out what I can do better going into next week.”

They return in four days for the Memorial on a Muirfield Village course expected to be as fast as a U.S. Open.

Workday Charity Open final-round betting preview

  Workday Charity Open final-round betting preview Justin Thomas carries a two-shot lead into the final round of the Workday Charity Open, which makes betting on Sunday's action a little more difficult for a few reasons. Before diving in, here's a peek at the top of the betting board. First, Thomas is playing flawless golf. The world No. 5 was the betting favorite heading into the week and he has yet to make a bogey through 54 holes. He leads the field in strokes gained: tee to green and is going to be very difficult to beat Sunday.With that said, betting Thomas at -159 offers very little value. If you want to shell out that kind of money for a small return, feel free. But it's far from the recommended play.

© APWF Collin Morikawa reacts to making a putt on the 18h green during the third round of the Workday Charity Open golf tournament, Saturday And after turning a three-shot deficit into a two-shot lead with another clean card, he certainly didn't see any need to sprint to the finish at Muirfield

Morikawa is coming off his first missed cut since turning pro last summer when he failed to get into weekend play at last month's Travelers Championship. - Bubble Boys -. The Workday Open this week became the first PGA tournament to lump its coronavirus positive players into the same grouping.

This was a big win for the 23-year-old Morikawa, who in his 13 months since graduating from Cal already has established a reputation for a high level of consistency. His only victory was at an opposite-field event last summer. He beat a field at the Workday Charity Open that featured five of the top 10 in the world.

“This is a huge kind of stepping stone,” said Morikawa, who goes to No. 13 in the world, one spot ahead of Tiger Woods. “We got No. 1 out of the way. We got No. 2. Let the gates just open and let’s keep going.”

It was his second playoff since the PGA Tour returned June 11 from the COVID-19 pandemic. Morikawa lost on the first extra hole at Colonial by missing a 3-foot putt. He had a 2-foot putt in regulation on Sunday that caught the left edge of the cup and swirled in. “My heartbeat must have skipped a billion times,” he said.

The only thing missing was a handshake from Jack Nicklaus. He’ll be there next week for the Memorial, as the PGA Tour stays at Muirfield Village.

Viktor Hovland of Norway had a 71 and finished alone in third. He was in the final group of three young stars, all of whom had the lead at some point during the final round.

5 takeaways from wild Sunday at Muirfield Village

  5 takeaways from wild Sunday at Muirfield Village Sunday's final round of the Workday Charity Open featured a bit of everything: big names, elite play, an incredible venue, and plenty of drama. Here are five takeaways from golf's best showcase in recent memory. Get used to Morikawa Morikawa continues to do things only Tiger Woods has done. First, he made 22 consecutive cuts to begin his professional career - a streak that ended two weeks ago at the Travelers Championship - to come three short of Tiger's record.Now, by earning his second PGA Tour title, Morikawa becomes the first player to accrue more victories than missed cuts since Woods won twice in 1996. He's projected to move to No.

Morikawa is coming off his first missed cut since turning pro last summer when he failed to get into weekend play at last month's Travelers Championship. - Bubble Boys -. The Workday Open this week became the first PGA tournament to lump its coronavirus positive players into the same grouping.

First, Thomas is playing flawless golf. The world No. 5 was the betting favorite heading into the week and he has yet to make a bogey through 54 holes. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Workday Charity Open final-round betting preview.

Hovland’s hopes ended with two shots — finding a bunker from the 10th fairway for bogey, and a driver on the reachable 14 that only missed by about 5 feet, enough to slowly tumble down the bank and into the water.

Morikawa also hit driver on the 14th that rolled 12 feet away. He narrowly missed the eagle putt, while Thomas hit a splendid wedge with side spin to 3 feet for birdie to stay one ahead. That’s when it appeared the tournament turned in Thomas’ favour.

Morikawa was in thick rough right of the fairway on the par-5 15th, unsure he could get over the slope to the next section of fairway. It came out heavy, just through the fairway into light rough 190 yards away. By then, Thomas hit 3-wood to 25 feet. Morikawa went through a bunker to the steep slope by the green, and did well to chop that chip high in the air to 5 feet. Thomas made his eagle putt. Morikawa made his par to stay alive.

“A three-shot cushion with three to go is a lot different than four with three to go,” Morikawa said. “And then him hitting somewhat of a poor tee shot on 16, I knew this was my window of opportunity.”

Thomas missed a 10-foot par putt. Morikawa caught a good bounce with an ordinary 8-iron to the 17th and made a 10-foot birdie. Thomas found the fairway bunker off the tee at the 18th, played short of the green and couldn’t make his par.

Tiger, McIlroy, Koepka headline featured groups at Memorial

  Tiger, McIlroy, Koepka headline featured groups at Memorial The PGA Tour announced its featured groups for the Memorial Tournament this week, and golf fans are in for a treat. Tee times for each group have yet to be released. Group 1: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka Woods makes his highly anticipated return Thursday still in search of a record-setting 83rd Tour victory. He hasn't started since the Genesis Invitational in February but has won this event five times over his career. McIlroy hasn'tTee times for each group have yet to be released.

The starting times were moved up to avoid a forecast of thunderstorms, so the final round was broadcast on a delay, available live only on streaming.

With no fans on the course, it was the wildest finish that hardly anyone saw.

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Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press


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Muirfield stumps big names early at Memorial Tournament .
What a difference a week makes. Just days after dueling it out in a thrilling playoff at Muirfield Village, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa were among a group of stars who stumbled out of the gates in Round 1 of the Memorial Tournament. Thomas, who didn't make a bogey in the first three rounds of the Workday Charity Open, bogeyed his opening two holes Thursday en route to a 2-over 74. For his part, Morikawa shot a 4-over 76 following his second career PGA Tour title this past Sunday.Meanwhile, in his first round since winning the Travelers Championship, Dustin Johnson shot 80 with four bogeys and three double-bogeys.

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