Sport Collin Morikawa relishing Hero World Challenge battle with Bryson DeChambeau

00:40  04 december  2021
00:40  04 december  2021 Source:   scotsman.com

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Bryson DeChambeau fired an eight-under par 64 on Friday to seize a one-stroke lead after the second round of the World Challenge in the Bahamas Mike Ehrmann GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP. Second-ranked Collin Morikawa , 13th-ranked Tony Finau and world number 16 Brooks Koepka shared second on 134 with American Daniel Berger another stroke adrift. World number seven DeChambeau opened with a birdie, added back-to-back birdies at the par-5 sixth and par-4 seventh, then reeled off runs of three birdies in a row starting at the par-5 ninth and again at the

The Hero World Challenge course features 15 of the top 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings and all 20 golfers rank among the top 50. The unofficial PGA Tour event benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation, with .5 million and full world ranking points, and the 15-time major champion will be onsite. Caesars Sportsbook lists Rory McIlroy as a 15-2 favorite in the latest Hero World Challenge golf odds. Many golfers are not far behind, led by Collin Morikawa (8-1) and Justin Thomas (10-1). Others in the field of World Hero Challenge 2021 expected to run include Viktor Hovland (11-1), Jordan Spieth

Collin Morikawa will not worry about Bryson DeChambeau playing a different style of game to him as the Open champion bids to crown a sensational year by becoming world No 1.

  Collin Morikawa relishing Hero World Challenge battle with Bryson DeChambeau © Collin Morikawa hits his tee shot on the second hole during the second round of the Hero World Chall...

Heading into the weekend in the Hero World Challenge, DeChambeau holds the lead after carding a brilliant eight-under 64 in the second round at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas.

But the 2020 US Open champion has Morikawa and two other of his Ryder Cup team-mates, Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau, breathing down his neck in an event hosted by Tiger Woods.

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Collin Morikawa had a reasonable start in his bid to cap off his year with a win that would take him to No. 1 in the world . He shot 68 with a pair of sloppy 8-iron shots from the fairway that led to bogey. No matter what he does on the course, his year keeps getting better. “Trying to find it, man,” Koepka said. “It feels like the last two years have been a struggle except for the majors or WGCs.” He left out the whipping he put on Bryson DeChambeau in the made-for-TV match in Las Vegas last week.

Morikawa, who won the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai less than a fortnight ago to become the first American to top the Race to Dubai, is once again proving his machine-like qualities here.

The two-time major champion carded an eagle and six birdies as he moved to 10-under, having shared the lead with DeChambeau before finishing with a bogey for the second day running.

“When I put myself in the fairway, I was converting, I was making the birdies when I needed to,” said Morikawa of his day’s work.

“Still felt like the driver's a little off, but, you know, get a little timing a little bit better tomorrow and the next day and we'll be just fine.”

The 24-year-old, who got engaged earlier in the week, smiled when it was pointed out that the fans could be set for a clash of styles over the final 36 holes.

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The Hero World Challenge is an exclusive event on the PGA Tour that is hosted by Tiger Woods in the Bahamas. Albany Golf Course is the home of the tournament and the 20-man field is star-studded with major champions and PGA Tour winners. Former FedEx Cup winners such as Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Justin Rose will tee it up in paradise this week, as well as Collin Morikawa who became the first American to win the Race to Dubai Koepka was on scintillating form when he beat Bryson DeChambeau in The Match last week. He was dialled in and his putting was very good.

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“There hasn't been one style of golf that has won every tournament out here, right?” said Morikawa, who will topple Jon Rahm as world No 1 if he can land the title on Sunday.

“Look, Bryson's changing the game and he's doing what he thinks is going to help and I'm doing what I think is going to help.

“I think when it comes down to it, you know, who's going to put the ball in the hole with the least amount of strokes and we're all trying to figure that out.”

DeChambeau moved into pole position with an effort containing an eagle and 10 birdies, with his only blemish being a double-bogey 6 at the 16th after he found a bush.

Rory McIlroy, who shared the overnight lead, slipped four shots off the pace after having to settle for a 71.

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Hovland surprised to win Tiger's event .
Viktor Hovland admitted he had few thoughts about a possible Hero World Challenge victory before overturning a six-shot deficit to claim a dramatic win in the Bahamas. Hovland fired a six-under 66 to claim a one-shot victory at the Albany, despite bogeying his final two holes, having pulled clear of the field with back-to-back eagles on his back nine.

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