The 23-year-old produced a stunning performance to win his first Major title at TPC Harding Park
Collin Morikawa Wins Maiden Major At PGA Championship
Collin Morikawa produced a sensational eagle at the drivable par-4 16th hole en-route to a phenomenal maiden Major victory.
The American won the PGA Championship in style, coming out on top against a world class leaderboard on Sunday where any one of 8-10 men could have picked up the Wanamaker Trophy.
Morikawa began the day two back of Dustin Johnson but back-to-back birdies on 3 and 4 propelled him into the mix before catching fire on the back nine.
He birdied the par-5 10th to reach 10 under before chipping in at the 14th to become the first player to reach 11 under.
The winning shot came two holes later where he drove it to within 10ft on the par-4 16th and he calmly converted the eagle putt.
We knew Collin Morikawa was good, but he is turning out to be a phenomenal talent.
The 23-year-old parred the final two holes to shoot 64 (-6), equalling the lowest round of the week.
"It's amazing. 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 said.
"I felt very comfortable from the start. As an amateur, junior golfer, turning professional last year, but to finally close it off and come out here in San Francisco, pretty much my second home where I spent the last four years, is pretty special."
Having turned professional last June, he has missed just one cut as a pro and has now won three titles including this maiden Major title.
He finished at 13 under, two ahead of Paul Casey who produced the best performance of his career in one of golf's big four events.
The Englishman shot 66 (-4) but was simply beaten by the better man.
Dustin Johnson failed to convert his fourth 54-hole lead in a Major after a level par front nine and a costly dropped shot on the 14th after failing to birdie the par 5 10th.
DJ finished T2nd with Casey after two birdies in his final three holes.
It was a disappointing day for Brooks Koepka who was four over on the front nine to end any hopes of winning his third-consecutive PGA Championship.
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
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