Who Is Collin Morikawa's Wife?

Former Open champion Collin Morikawa married Katherine Zhu in November 2022

Who Is Collin Morikawa's Wife?
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Who Is Collin Morikawa's Wife?

Collin Morikawa enjoyed the year of his life in 2021, securing a World Golf Championship, The Open Championship and the DP World Tour Championship along with the Race To Dubai title. Not only did the American enjoy success on the course, but also off it, announcing his engagement to his girlfriend, Katherine Zhu at the end of November. Then they tied the knot in November 2022.

Despite attending different universities, the pair met in 2017, with Morikawa attending the University of California, Berkley, and Zhu the Pepperdine University.

After University, Morikawa turned professional in 2019 and, just two years later, he and Zhu were engaged. Over the years, Morikawa has regularly heaped praise on Zhu, stating how important she has been to his life.

"Kat has been by my side through it all. She would hate me if I didn't say this, but I didn't start winning in college until she showed up in my life, so thanks Kat. Whenever she's there, it always just gets me away from golf. She knows how I'm feeling after golf, like you said, she's played collegiately, she knows golf can take a toll on you, whether it's a good or bad day. So she's on that same swing of if we're playing well or not well, but, yeah, I'm very lucky to have her. Having someone at dinner makes things a lot nicer than sitting down there at the hotel by myself."

Morikawa and Zhu at the 2020 PGA Championship

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Zhu was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and her father, Mike Chu, was a champion tennis player. Zhu, herself, was also a very good tennis player before deciding to focus more on her golf game.

After attending Zhuji Hailiang Private High School in China, Zhu decided to return to North America to attend Pepperdine University. The reasons she gives for choosing the school are "First, I really like Coach Gibbs. I believe all good players have good coaches and I believe Coach Gibbs can help me become a good player. Second, Malibu has great weather conditions, which create a better environment for me to practice. Third, Pepperdine is a small school that is strong in both academics and athletics.”

Zhu is also a talented golfer and she played on the collegiate team for four years. Throughout her college career, her scoring average was 76.54 and she earned WGCA-All American honors. Zhu majored in International Management, plays the flute and says Tiger Woods is her favorite golfer.

The pair have spoken how competitive they are when they hit the course together. Morikawa said; "Always, we never let each other win. I think she beats me on probably 70 per cent of our chipping competitions. It actually makes me a better player. What's great about her is that we're always competing.

"To have her around [on the PGA Tour] on off weeks when no one's around, she can always bring a wedge to the course and we can always do something fun."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

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