US PGA Championship R4

Morikawa holds off Casey to claim Championship

August 06-09
TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California
$11,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


US PGA Championship R4 - Morikawa claims first major
Collin Morikawa with the Wanamaker Trophy . (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


American Collin Morikawa has won the US PGA Championship in sensational fashion after a thrilling final round in San Francisco.


Morikawa emerged from a seven-way tie for the lead in the closing stages at Harding Park by chipping in for a birdie on the 14th hole and then producing a stunning eagle on the 16th by driving the green on the 294-yard par four and holing from seven feet.

The 23-year-old carded a closing 64 – equalling the lowest round of the week – to finish 13 under par and two shots ahead of overnight leader Dustin Johnson and England’s Paul Casey, who barely put a foot wrong in pursuit of his first major title at the 64th attempt.



Morikawa, whose only mistake of the day came when the lid of the Wanamaker Trophy flew off as he hoisted it aloft, described the win as “amazing”.

“It’s been a life goal as a little kid, watching all these professionals and this is always what I’ve wanted to do,” said Morikawa, who was born in Los Angeles and won five times during his college career at the University of California, Berkeley.

“I felt very comfortable from the start, as an amateur, junior golfer, turning professional last year, but to finally close it off and come out here in San Francisco – pretty much my second home where I spent the last four years – it’s pretty special.

“I’m on cloud nine right now. It’s hard to think about what this championship means, and obviously it’s a major, and this is what guys go for, especially at the end of the their career, and we’re just starting.



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“So I think this is just a lot of confidence, a lot of momentum, and it just gives me a little taste of what’s to come.”

Casey carded five birdies and a solitary bogey in a final round of 66 to record his best finish in a major at the age of 43, with Matthew Wolff, Jason Day, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau and Scottie Scheffler all sharing fourth place on 10 under.

Olympic champion Justin Rose finished alone in ninth on nine under following a final round of 67.

“I played wonderful golf. Collin thoroughly deserves it,” Casey said.

“I mean, what a shot he hit on 16, just awesome golf. There’s nothing you can do except tip your cap to that. I’m very, very happy. It’s been a great week, (albeit) a strange week obviously missing the fans.”

US PGA Championship R4 - Morikawa claims first major
Paul Casey on the eighth hole. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)


Morikawa, who beat Justin Thomas in a play-off in the Workday Charity Open last month for his second PGA Tour title, began the day two shots off the lead and had to hole lengthy par putts on the first two holes.

Birdies on the third, fourth and 10th took Morikawa into a tie for the lead which became a six and then seven-way tie until his moments of brilliance on the 14th and 16th proved decisive.

Overnight leader Johnson made the ideal start with a birdie at the first and recovered from a bogey on the third to birdie the next, but played the next 11 holes in one over par before a late flourish thanks to birdies on the 16th and 18th.

The 36-year-old has now failed to convert any of his four 54-hole leads in major championships, although he did break par for the first time with a closing 68.



Defending champion Brooks Koepka, who was chasing an historic hat-trick of victories in the event, began the day on the same score as Morikawa but slumped to a closing 74.

Four-time major winner Koepka, who had taken a verbal dig at Johnson’s tally of just one major after the third round, finished in a tie for 29th with England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who could only post a final round of 73.

Jon Rahm’s share of 13th place was enough to take the Spaniard back to the top of the world rankings ahead of Justin Thomas, who finished in a tie for 37th.

Rory McIlroy (68) and Tiger Woods (67) both shot their best rounds of the week on Sunday to finish two and one under par respectively.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Collin Morikawa
-13
69
69
65
64
267
T2
Paul Casey
-11
68
67
68
66
269
T2
Dustin Johnson
-11
69
67
65
68
269
T4
Jason Day
-10
65
69
70
66
270
T4
Bryson DeChambeau
-10
68
70
66
66
270
T4
Tony Finau
-10
67
70
67
66
270
T4
Scottie Scheffler
-10
66
71
65
68
270
T4
Matthew Wolff
-10
69
68
68
65
270
9
Justin Rose
-9
66
68
70
67
271
T10
Cameron Champ
-8
71
64
67
70
272
T10
Joel Dahmen
-8
69
68
68
67
272
T10
Xander Schauffele
-8
66
70
69
67
272
T13
Daniel Berger
-7
67
67
70
69
273
T13
Si Woo Kim
-7
69
68
68
68
273
T13
Jon Rahm
-7
70
69
68
66
273
T13
Patrick Reed
-7
68
70
69
66
273
T17
Haotong Li
-6
67
65
73
69
274
T17
Brendon Todd
-6
65
70
72
67
274
T19
Harris English
-5
69
71
69
66
275
T19
Lanto Griffin
-5
68
68
71
68
275
T19
Kevin Kisner
-5
67
73
68
67
275
T22
Byeong Hun An
-4
72
69
71
64
276
T22
Hideki Matsuyama
-4
70
67
69
70
276
T22
Alex Noren
-4
67
69
73
67
276
T22
Victor Perez
-4
70
69
69
68
276
T22
Ian Poulter
-4
73
68
66
69
276
T22
Adam Scott
-4
68
70
70
68
276
T22
Brendan Steele
-4
66
71
72
67
276
T29
Tommy Fleetwood
-3
70
64
70
73
277
T29
Brooks Koepka
-3
66
68
69
74
277
T29
Doc Redman
-3
73
67
70
67
277
T29
Harold Varner III
-3
72
66
69
70
277
T33
Dylan Frittelli
-2
70
67
70
71
278
T33
Viktor Hovland
-2
68
71
73
66
278
T33
Rory McIlroy
-2
70
69
71
68
278
T33
Louis Oosthuizen
-2
70
71
70
67
278
T37
Bud Cauley
-1
66
71
73
69
279
T37
Russell Henley
-1
71
69
71
68
279
T37
Nate Lashley
-1
69
70
70
70
279
T37
Webb Simpson
-1
71
68
68
72
279
T37
Justin Thomas
-1
71
70
68
70
279
T37
Tiger Woods
-1
68
72
72
67
279
T43
Abraham Ancer
E
69
70
72
69
280
T43
Patrick Cantlay
E
73
68
66
73
280
T43
Billy Horschel
E
69
71
71
69
280
T43
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
E
66
68
72
74
280
T43
Keith Mitchell
E
68
72
68
72
280
T43
Ryan Palmer
E
74
66
76
64
280
T43
Cameron Smith
E
71
69
70
70
280
T43
Bernd Wiesberger
E
68
68
70
74
280
T51
Mark Hubbard
1
70
71
70
70
281
T51
Kurt Kitayama
1
68
72
70
71
281
T51
Luke List
1
72
69
70
70
281
T51
Adam Long
1
73
68
72
68
281
T51
Joost Luiten
1
71
68
73
69
281
T51
Brandt Snedeker
1
72
66
72
71
281
T51
Erik van Rooyen
1
71
70
74
66
281
T58
Adam Hadwin
2
68
71
70
73
282
T58
Brian Harman
2
68
71
71
72
282
T58
Tom Hoge
2
72
68
72
70
282
T58
Mackenzie Hughes
2
73
68
69
72
282
T58
Denny McCarthy
2
70
69
70
73
282
T58
Charl Schwartzel
2
73
68
68
73
282
T58
Kevin Streelman
2
69
70
73
70
282
T58
Gary Woodland
2
67
72
73
70
282
T66
Emiliano Grillo
3
70
70
70
73
283
T66
Shane Lowry
3
68
72
69
74
283
T66
Robert MacIntyre
3
73
67
74
69
283
T66
Rory Sabbatini
3
71
70
72
70
283
T66
Sepp Straka
3
70
71
71
71
283
T71
Danny Lee
4
69
71
74
70
284
T71
Phil Mickelson
4
72
69
70
73
284
T71
Jordan Spieth
4
73
68
76
67
284
T71
Bubba Watson
4
70
71
73
70
284
T75
J.T. Poston
6
67
74
75
70
286
T75
Chez Reavie
6
71
70
75
70
286
T77
Jim Herman
7
71
69
72
75
287
T77
Matt Wallace
7
71
70
74
72
287
79
Sung Kang
10
70
71
76
73
290
CUT
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
2
72
70
142
CUT
Jason Dufner
2
70
72
142
CUT
Rickie Fowler
2
73
69
142
CUT
Jim Furyk
2
71
71
142
CUT
Talor Gooch
2
71
71
142
CUT
Ryo Ishikawa
2
72
70
142
CUT
Zach Johnson
2
66
76
142
CUT
Chan Kim
2
72
70
142
CUT
Marc Leishman
2
70
72
142
CUT
Shaun Norris
2
69
73
142
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
2
72
70
142
CUT
Henrik Stenson
2
70
72
142
CUT
Lucas Glover
3
71
72
143
CUT
Tyrrell Hatton
3
72
71
143
CUT
Lucas Herbert
3
73
70
143
CUT
Jason Kokrak
3
69
74
143
CUT
Matt Kuchar
3
71
72
143
CUT
Andrew Landry
3
74
69
143
CUT
Tom Lewis
3
67
76
143
CUT
Sebastián Muñoz
3
71
72
143
CUT
Kevin Na
3
70
73
143
CUT
Steve Stricker
3
72
71
143
CUT
Michael Thompson
3
71
72
143
CUT
Richy Werenski
3
71
72
143
CUT
Xinjun Zhang
3
72
71
143
CUT
Alex Beach
4
73
71
144
CUT
Wyndham Clark
4
71
73
144
CUT
Matthew Fitzpatrick
4
74
70
144
CUT
Sungjae Im
4
73
71
144
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
4
75
69
144
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
4
72
72
144
CUT
Scott Piercy
4
70
74
144
CUT
Keegan Bradley
5
73
72
145
CUT
Corey Conners
5
69
76
145
CUT
Tyler Duncan
5
74
71
145
CUT
Max Homa
5
74
71
145
CUT
Jazz Janewattananond
5
74
71
145
CUT
Matt Jones
5
70
75
145
CUT
Troy Merritt
5
73
72
145
CUT
Matthias Schwab
5
69
76
145
CUT
Brian Stuard
5
72
73
145
CUT
Ben Cook
6
71
75
146
CUT
Sergio Garcia
6
73
73
146
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
6
75
71
146
CUT
Graeme McDowell
6
72
74
146
CUT
Andrew Putnam
6
73
73
146
CUT
Bob Sowards
6
71
75
146
CUT
Joohyung Kim
7
70
77
147
CUT
Rob Labritz
7
71
76
147
CUT
David Muttitt
7
72
75
147
CUT
Jimmy Walker
7
73
74
147
CUT
Danny Willett
7
75
72
147
CUT
Rafa Cabrera Bello
8
72
76
148
CUT
Jason Caron
8
76
72
148
CUT
Martin Kaymer
8
66
82
148
CUT
John O’leary
8
75
73
148
CUT
Mike Auterson
9
75
74
149
CUT
Davis Love III
9
73
76
149
CUT
Shaun Micheel
9
72
77
149
CUT
J.R. Roth
9
74
75
149
CUT
Nick Taylor
9
76
73
149
CUT
Daniel Balin
10
74
76
150
CUT
Richard Berberian Jr.
10
76
74
150
CUT
Marty Jertson
10
74
76
150
CUT
Ryan Vermeer
10
79
71
150
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
11
74
77
151
CUT
Ken Tanigawa
11
78
73
151
CUT
Shawn Warren
11
78
73
151
CUT
Justin Bertsch
13
78
75
153
CUT
Jorge Campillo
14
74
80
154
CUT
Jeff Hart
14
77
77
154
CUT
Rich Beem
15
80
75
155
CUT
Rod Perry
16
75
81
156
CUT
Alex Knoll
17
77
80
157
CUT
Judd Gibb
21
77
84
161
CUT
Zach J. Johnson
21
82
79
161