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Collin Morikawa hit a shot for the ages. It was good enough to instantly enter the pantheon of seismic shots in major golf history. A few minutes later, he hit another one – an even better one.
With as many as seven golfers tied for the lead on the back nine, and just about everyone expecting a playoff, Morikawa broke from the pack with an incredible display of pressure-filled shot-making to win the 102nd PGA Championship at Harding Park on Sunday for his first career major title.
Not only was there not a multi-man playoff, Morikawa won by more than one stroke – by two over Paul Casey and, alas, Dustin Johnson. He shot a 31 on the back-nine to conclude a 65-64 weekend, and that 129 total was the lowest final-36-hole score in PGA Championship history (breaking a record held by, yes, Tiger Woods).
At only 23, and having played in only two career majors, Morikawa continues to astound just a little more than a year after turning pro. He is now up to No. 5 in the world rankings and can ascend to No. 1 in just two weeks at the first playoff event, The Northern Trust at TPC Boston, according to noted OWGR expert @VC606 on Twitter. (For now, place-holder Jon Rahm is back on top by the slimmest of margins after a one-week trade-off with Justin Thomas, 8.7820 to 8.7708.)
Morikawa took the lead for good, oddly enough, after a bad iron shot