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Morikawa wins PGA Championship for first major title

Field Level Media
10 Aug 2020, 12:19 GMT+10

Collin Morikawa drove the green and then sank a 7-foot eagle putt on the par-4 16th to take a two-stroke lead, and then held on down the stretch to win the PGA Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco by two strokes on Sunday.

In shooting a final-round, 6-under 64, Morikawa finished at 13-under 267, two strokes better than England's Paul Casey and American Dustin Johnson, who began the day as the leader. The 64 is the lowest final-round score by a PGA champion in 25 years.

Morikawa also joined Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in winning the PGA at the age of 23. Only Gene Sarazen (twice) and Tom Creavy won the Wanamaker at a younger age. Morikawa also became the ninth player to win the PGA Championship in his debut appearance at the event.

The first major played without fans in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this PGA Championship saw two of the most clutch shots, certainly in recent event history, by its champion.

With eight players tied for the lead at 10 under, Morikawa came up short on his second shot but then chipped in from 54 feet for a birdie at the par-4 14th to give him the lead.

With a loaded leaderboard of golf's biggest names -- including Jason Day, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Justin Rose and Xander Schauffele -- keeping close but failing to catch the lead trio, Morikawa put it away with his stunning drive-and-putt eagle two holes later.

It is the first major for Morikawa, the third title of his career and his second tournament title of the season.

Casey shot a 4-under 66 on Sunday while Johnson shot a 2-under 68. Matthew Wolff (65) was one of five golfers to finish the tournament at 10 under, joining Day, DeChambeau and Finau (each with a 66) and Scottie Scheffler (68). Rose (67) finished at 9-under 271, while Schauffele (67), Joel Dahmen (67) and Cameron Champ (70) rounded out the top 10 at 8 under for the tournament.

The tournament was originally scheduled for May 14-17 but was rescheduled for this weekend because of the pandemic. Because of all the tournament rescheduling, this was the first time since 1971 that the PGA Championship served as the season's first major.

--Field Level Media

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