Mar 1st, 2021
Collin Morikawa cruises to WGC victory
American pays tribute to Tiger Woods after clinching Workday Championship
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The 24-year-old led going into the final round and his three-under 69 moved him to eighteen-under-par and three clear of Viktor Hovland of Norway and Americans Brooks Koepka and Billy Horschel.
"Oh, man. It's so huge. No matter what anyone says, sleeping on a lead has its pressure, has its nerves. But I was excited to get back in contention, to have a chance to win. It's something that I miss," said an elated Morikawa.
"It's a tough thing out here, but this tournament means so much. With how good the field was, how good my game felt, to close it out like this, with such a stacked leaderboard coming after me, really means a lot."
Morikawa, who grew up in Los Angles idolising Tiger Woods, paid tribute to the former world number one is recovering from a horrendous car crash.
"Tiger means everything to me," Morikawa said. "Yes, he had the crash and thankfully he's okay and will make a quick recovery. But I don't think we say thank you enough, so I want to say thank you to Tiger."
Early in the round, it had looked like Viktor Hovland would be a challenger as the man from Norway carded five birdies and a bogey on the front nine. Two birdies followed at the 12th and 13th holes to move Hovland to six-under for his round but sadly, his charge unravelled with two dropped shots in three holes and he had to settle for a share of second place.
Brooks Koepka, who had started two back from Morikawa failed to put pressure on the leader and when he missed a simple birdie putt on the 17th, which could have put him within two of the lead, his race was run. Koepka, who had been struggling with neck pain, closed with a two-under-par 70 to share second.
Scottie Scheffler finished in sole ownership of fifth on fourteen-under after a rollercoaster of a round which included eight birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey. Scheffler was one of several players, including Tommy Fleetwood and Phil Mickelson, who wore Tiger Woods' signature Sunday colours of red and black, showing support for the injured star.
Elsewhere, Rory McIlroy had been in with a chance going into Sunday but once again got off to a slow start which killed off his chances. The man from Northern Ireland reached the turn in one-over and then had a topsy turvy back nine that included four birdies and two bogeys which left him in a share of sixth on twelve-under.