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Sports Morikawa claims 1st major with brilliant finish at PGA Championship

05:30  10 august  2020
05:30  10 august  2020 Source:   thescore.com

Johnson takes narrow lead into final round at PGA Championship

  Johnson takes narrow lead into final round at PGA Championship Dustin Johnson made eight birdies en route to a 5-under 65 in Round 3 to carry a one-shot lead into Sunday at the PGA Championship. The 36-year-old started the day four shots off the pace but began filling up the cup early Saturday. He was 4-under after eight holes before making an ugly double-bogey prior to making the turn. But Johnson rebounded with four more circles to his scorecard to settle at 9-under for the tournament. Johnson will be inThe 36-year-old started the day four shots off the pace but began filling up the cup early Saturday. He was 4-under after eight holes before making an ugly double-bogey prior to making the turn.

Morikawa finishes ahead of Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey. Ultimately, there was no need for the kind of US PGA Championship playoff that could have risked social distancing infractions. Of the wave of data that will now surround Collin Morikawa , golf’s latest major winner, one element stands out

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – American Collin Morikawa won the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on Sunday to secure his first career major title. Morikawa shot a six-under-par 64 to reach 13 under on the week, two strokes better than overnight leader Dustin Johnson (68) and

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Collin Morikawa fired a final-round 64 on Sunday to emerge from a crowded leaderboard at the PGA Championship and claim his first major title.

The 23-year-old entered the day two shots back of Dustin Johnson, and he climbed his way into a share of the lead with three birdies and no bogeys through 10 holes. At one point, he was part of a seven-way tie for first.

But Morikawa began to separate himself with a brilliant chip-in for birdie on No. 14, followed by an eagle on the driveable par-4 16th. He reached 13-under with his bogey-free performance, winning by two strokes.

Column: Trash talk and then some trashy play for Koepka

  Column: Trash talk and then some trashy play for Koepka Maybe Brooks Koepka should have followed the old golf adage — as tired as it may be — and let his clubs do the talking. At the very least, he should have given his driver a say. A day after he raised eyebrows by suggesting some of his fellow players might not be up to the task of winning the PGA Championship, Koepka wasn’t either. He imploded on the front nine Sunday with three straight bogeys to lose his chance at a third straight title and fifth major overall. The meltdown was startling for a player so full of confidence that he couldn’t help but talk some trash the night before.

Morikawa ’s frenetic finish gave him a three-point victory over Troy Merritt in the Barracuda’s Stableford format, where a birdie is worth two points. PGA Championship , Round 1: Leaderboard, tee times, TV times The opening round of the PGA Championship gets underway today from TPC Harding Park.

In the 2019 Barracuda Championship , Collin Morikawa claimed his first victory on the PGA TOUR with rounds of 13-7-13-14 to finish at +47 in the Modified

"It's amazing," Morikawa said afterward, according to ASAP Sports. "It's been a life goal, obviously as a little kid, kind of watching everyone grow up, all these professionals, and this is always what I've wanted to do."

Morikawa's weekend rounds of 65 and 64 mark the lowest closing 36-hole score in PGA Championship history. His 64 in Round 4 was the lowest final round from a PGA Championship winner since 1995.

The victory came during only his second appearance in a major, and it occurred shortly after Morikawa's second PGA Tour win four weeks ago at the Workday Charity Open. He'll move to No. 5 in the world rankings after his 28th start as a professional.

Here's the final leaderboard:

Johnson was unable to hold on to his 54-hole lead despite shooting 68 and finishing the week at 11-under par. He becomes the first player to go 0-for-4 at majors when leading or co-leading after three rounds.

7 takeaways from the PGA Championship

  7 takeaways from the PGA Championship This first major championship in 13 months is complete, with Collin Morikawa winning the PGA Championship title. The week at TPC Harding Park was a major success. The course presented a fair challenge that created a jam-packed leaderboard and excitement late into Sunday's round. An assortment of stars held a share of the lead, but Morikawa eventually separated himself with a stellar finish to claim his first major title. Here are seven takeawaysThe week at TPC Harding Park was a major success. The course presented a fair challenge that created a jam-packed leaderboard and excitement late into Sunday's round.

By finishing in the Top 25 on Regular Season Money List, player has earned PGA TOUR card for next season. Brooks Koepka on why he loves playing majors prior to PGA Championship . PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions , and the Swinging Golfer design are registered trademarks.

Winners of all PGA TOUR events automatically qualify for the PGA Championship . Earlier in the day, Justin Thomas captured victory at the World Golf Championships -FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Because he was already exempt for the PGA Championship , the reserved spot in the field went to

Brooks Koepka, who trailed Johnson by two going into the final round, shot a 4-over 74 to plummet into a tie for 29th. It's his second-worst result at a major since the 2015 U.S. Open.

The PGA Tour heads to Greensboro, North Carolina, next week for the Wyndham Championship. The next major on the schedule is the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, set to take place Sept. 17-20.

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Sloan, Varner, Hoge share Wyndham lead as weather suspends Round 1 .
The PGA Tour suspended the first round of the Wyndham Championship due to weather with Roger Sloan, Harold Varner III, and Tom Hoge atop the leaderboard at 8-under par. Each leader had a reasonable chance at breaking 60. Sloan birdied six of his first eight holes, but the Canadian bogeyed No. 9 and added only three more birdies on the back nine. Hoge needed to go 2-under on holes 17 and 18 for 59 but finished them at 1-over. Varner had a bogey-free 62 but didn't make birdie on any of his final three holes.Harris English sits in fourth at 6-under, followed by eight golfers in a tie for fifth at 5-under.

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