BROOKLINE, Mass. – In the middle of the U.S. Open, Collin Morikawa placed at the top of the standings with the intention of adding a third major tournament to her curriculum.
But on the day of the move, as Saturdays are called the PGA Tour, Morikawa did not go back to normal. After a 77 over seven, Morikawa found six shots out of pace on Sunday. It proved to be too big a disadvantage to get back into the competition again, but he was more than happy to leave the Country Club track as he improved his score with 11 shots on the previous return.
“I don’t know if I’ve found anything,” he said after his 66th turn from the pair and led to a fifth-place equalizer. “I think he taught me to go golf. This year has been very focused on trying that cut and trying to be so perfect, and that’s me. But just go out and play. Things are going to be tough. The ball will not go where you want it to go. But just guess what. ‘
Morikawa, the defending champion of the British Open and winner of the 2020 PGA Championship, played a bogey-free nine-back in grim and cool conditions. He came to the green area to make a bird to have a chance. But his putt came within a few feet.
“I had a little bit of strength, I kept going,” said Morikawa, a 32-year-old, three below par, at nine in the back. “If I had reached the plains, it would have been a nice number to publish. It was still short, but it was very necessary.
Morikawa threw 66 on Friday, appearing as a leader with Joel Dahmen after two rounds. Then came the catastrophe on Saturday, when in his turn there were four bogey, two double and one bird.
Before the tournament he said he was struggling with the iron game. He usually makes a left-to-right cut shot, but lately the ball has been going from right to left, he said. But Morikawa had few problems in the first two days.
“With the way I play, I didn’t see that coming,” he said.
He added: “I hope that many of the seven will not come in the future. But somehow it redirected me and pushed me back to things. Just get out of your shirt, get out, and then worry about it. “
Morikawa said Sunday’s round was a “huge boost” and said he would remember the weekend more for his three sub-70 points than Saturday’s disaster. Before the third round, the worst score he scored in the U.S. Open came in 2020 at the Winged Foot in New York, where he opened with a 76 and failed.
Last year, he finished fourth in the Torrey Pines next to San Diego. He then won his second major, winning two strokes against Jordan Spieth at Royal St. George’s.
As was the case last year, Morikawa said he planned to play in the Scottish Open for this year’s British Open. Andrews, a course said he hadn’t played yet. But this time, he said he understood that it would be very different for him for two reasons: being the current champion and the residence, the historic Old Route.
“I think I’m going to have to do a really good job of prioritizing every day and allocating what I need to focus on,” he said. “Whether I enjoy golf or St. St. Andrews is back as champion. “
He added, “There will be a couple more distractions, but that doesn’t mean I won’t focus on golf when the time comes.”
This was Morikawa’s 14th official tour of the season. He tied for second at Genesis Invitational in February and finished second at the CJ Cup Summit in the fall. He finished fifth in the Masters Tournament, closing the 72nd hole out of the bunker in style.
In addition to his two majors, Morikawa has three other PGA Tour victories, all of which come before the age of 25. He won twice last season; World Golf Championships and the British Open. He also won the DP World Championship in 2021. Entering the U.S. Open, he placed 2nd. 7. Official World Golf Ranking and 20th place in the FedEx Cup.
In addition to the golf events organized by Morikawa, there is also a wedding with his ex-girlfriend Katherine Zhu. Unlike Brooks Koepka, who announced her June wedding, Morikawa would not announce her upcoming wedding plan.