102nd PGA Championship. Colin Morikawa’s first major

Seven players shared the lead on the second nine on the final day of the major, notable for being the first time it was held without an audience.

Perhaps the deciding shot was played on the par-4 16th hole at TPC Harding Park. Collin Morikawa made a masterful exit from the tee, sending the ball to the green from 268 yards. Next, a confident Pat from two meters and the ball in the hole, eagle! Thanks to this fantastic shot, 23-year-old Colin recorded a grandmaster score of 64 (-6) and secured his first major of the season. Which simultaneously became the third title of his career on the PGA Tour. By the way, 64 is the lowest score in the final round of the PGA Championship in 25 years.

“In the beginning, I had no plans to take any chances at all on the 16th hole,” said Morikawa, who was level with Casey before his memorable tee shot. “At first I thought that the wind was too strong to take the driver. The distance was 254 meters to the front of the green, and for me it’s just a good drive. But in this weather, the ball should land a little shorter, and then hope for a ride. My CADDIE looked at me and asked what I was going to hit with. I told him, ” let’s make a good drive. This is a moment I will always remember.” “What a blow!” said Paul Casey, now 43 and still fighting for his first major title. As a result, it will share the second place. “All you can do is take off your hat. Collin accepted the challenge and did it. That’s what Champions do.”

For Dustin Johnson, this Sunday brought disappointment again. For the fourth time in his career, he started the last day of a major as the leader and failed to win the title. The 2016 US Open champion shared second place with Paul Casey of England (-11). Brooks Koepka (-3) failed a planned hat-trick and had to settle for 29th overall after 74 shots on Sunday. “It was my first bad round in a major in a long time,” said Koepka, winner of the last two PGA Championships. “It’s time for Colin to lift the Wanamaker Trophy.”

Collin Morikawa not only won the 102nd PGA Championship, but also set several records.

1) Collin Morikawa’s 64 (-6) Score on the final day was not only the lowest score for a round in the tournament, it was also the lowest final round score among all major winners.

2) Morikawa is the third youngest PGA champion since World war II. Major winners at the age of 23: Rory McIlroy (2012), tiger woods (1999), Jack Nicklaus (1963).

3) Morikawa is the youngest major winner to score less than 65 strokes in his last round.

4) Morikawa’s Irons last week landed an average of 10.36 meters from the hole – this is the 1st place in accuracy. He also has the 1st patting record – 2,019 putts per round. Out of 56 possible fairways, he hit 39 (69.64%, 1st place in hit accuracy).

5) And about the range of strikes by the driver, which has been discussed so much in recent months. It’s nice to see that Morikawa is not a trucker at all, but his score is one of the lowest. On average, he sent the ball 265.63 meters from the tee (T40). For comparison, Cameron Champ led the statistics with a score of 293.61 meters and ended up tenth.

6) Making just 129 shots (65-64) over the weekend, Morikawa set a new major record.

7) Morikawa received 1.98 million dollars for the victory. In 14 months of his professional career, the Californian earned more than $ 6.8 million in prize money.

8) this Is only the second major Colin has played in his life. Since 1970, only two players have managed to make as many attempts for a first win. In addition, Morikawa became the ninth player to win his PGA championship debut.

9) this title was Morikawa’s third victory on the PGA Tour from 29 starts! So far, he has won more tournaments than he has missed the cut.

10) thanks to this victory, Morikawa rose to second place in the FedExCup. He also became number five in the official world ranking.