It was a dramatic finish, but Collin Morikawa got it done in dramatic fashion. In just his 24th PGA Tour start, the former California Golden Bears standout golfer won his second event by winning the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio.
“It was crazy,” Morikawa said. “I got off to a really good start. Thinking back 75 holes is a lot more than 72, for sure, especially when the last three are in sudden death. I’m excited right now. I’m so happy.”
The event, which is held on the same course just a week prior to the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, saw Morikawa card the second-lowest 36-hole score in course history at 13-under par.
He still needed to work for it come the end of the tournament after a rough third day. He finished the regulation 72 holes tied atop the leaderboard with Justin Thomas, forcing a playoff. After playing the final hole (18) twice, and not finding a break between the two, they headed to hole 10 where Morikawa finally made his move.
Walter Chun, Cal director of men’s golf, said that this is just the beginning for Collin.
“This is just the beginning for Collin,” Chun said. “His performance was one of perseverance, determination, and grit. The Cal Golf community continues to be so proud of him. His success shows what hard work truly is. It means a great deal to see him doing so well because it gives younger players on the team more incentive to pursue their dreams.”
As shocking as it sounds, by winning his second tournament, Morikawa is now tied atop the leaderboard with most PGA Tour wins by any former Bear golfer. He’s tied with James Hahn who won two events.