Collin Morikawa wins the tournament and remembers Tiger Woods

El Tigre was remembered and honored by the participants. Jon Rahm and Sergio García ended up far from the top spots.


The American Collin Morikawa was proclaimed this Sunday the new champion of the Workday Championship, of the PGA Tour, by completing the fourth round with a record of 69 (-3) and adding 270 strokes (-18), three less than his compatriots Brooks Koepka and Billy Horschell with Norwegian Viktor Hovland, who achieved 273 (-15) and shared second place. Hovland was the best of the three on the day by delivering a signed card of 67 (-5), while Koepka and Horschell finished with two cards of 70 shots (-2) .

PGA Champion Morikawa overcame an early error, regained control around the corner, threw two putts, and then showed consistency on a course like Concession Golf Club, known for frustrating players at any time. The new champion picked up some short game advice from the great champions, Mark O'Meara on his putt, Paul Azinger on the chip, and both were key to him achieving another great victory, allowing him to pay tribute to his childhood idol Tiger Woods.

Morikawa was also thrilled when he finished referring to Woods and what he has meant in his development as a professional player, as was his paternal grandfather, who died last month. "You can't thank those people enough," Morikawa declared at the conclusion of the match. "So, 'Thank you guys.'"

Morikawa, who won a cash prize of $ 1,820,000 and 550 points for the FedEx Cup qualification, acknowledged that he had played great golf throughout the tournament and was three strokes ahead of the figures that were behind it said it all in the rankings.

The new champion, just 24 years old, won for the fourth time in his last 34 starts on the PGA Tour. He became the 24th player to win a major title and a world golf championship, joining Woods as the only players to win both before their 25th birthday. Woods was 23 when he won the first of his 18 world golf championships.

The last day of the tournament was a tribute to Woods, with red numbers on the board and on the golf course, as well as several players wearing red shirts and black pants, the colors of the former world champion's Sundays, as a show of support as he recovers from career-threatening leg injuries after his car accident outside of Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Morikawa didn't have the colors, but he paid tribute to Woods with his game by becoming the golfer to beat as the legendary American player so often did. Outside of a chip on the second hole that had him fighting for the bogey, Morikawa did not miss a fairway the rest of the way and was rarely out of position.

Horschel caught Morikawa after three holes and tried to stay with him. Koepka had the last good chance to catch him until, losing by three to an eagle chance of about 10 meters on the 17th hole, he threw three putts for par.

Hovland, who finished his second round with a quad bogey, might have had the best chance of all. The young Norwegian golfer managed to get off the wire grass and onto the green to make a birdie on the par 5 of the 13th hole, his seventh birdie of the round that was achieved with a single shot.

His hopes did indeed end on the next hole. Just as Morikawa was throwing an eight-foot birdie putt on the short 12th hole, par 4, Hovland threw his 12.5-meter birdie putt beyond the hole on par 3 of 14, and missed the par putt. , leaving the new champion all the way.

The Spanish Jon Rahm and Sergio García shared the thirty-second place by adding 284 (-4) after delivering each scorecard of 68 (-4) and 76 (+4), respectively. His compatriot Rafael Cabrera had a record of 75 (+3) and finished in 59th place with the sum of 295 strokes (+7) .

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