WGC - Workday Championship R3

Collin Morikawa takes 2-shot lead

February 25-28
The Concession Golf Club, Bradenton, Florida
$10,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4




Collin Morikawa started his round one shot behind the lead at 10-under and made the turn in 31 after six birdies and a single bogey at the par-3 4th. He fired two more birdies at the 11th and 12th to increase his lead to five shots and reach 15-under 201.


He ran into trouble at the 13th when his approach from the rough found the bunker, his next shot landed within 25 feet for a birdie attempt but his putt came up six feet short and he missed his par putt to finish with a bogey.

“I never got it going again,” said Morikawa, who parred the rest of his holes except the 17th where exiting a bunker and avoiding the water led to another bogey to close with a 67 and a two shot lead.



“I didn’t play great the last six, but a lot to learn from heading into tomorrow. Just to kind of clear my head to get ready for the 18-hole grind tomorrow.”

Should Morikawa win his fourth PGA title on Sunday he would join the list of twenty three players who have won both majors and World Golf Championships.


Overnight leader Brooks Koepka, who woke up unable to turn his neck properly, started his round with a pair of bogeys, birdied the third then parred all the way to the turn and came back with three more birdies for a 70 to tie for second place.

“It’s actually quite painful, because it’s on the left and right, then my traps are tight and shoulders and scaps. It just goes down the chain,” he said. “It’s kind of like a knife going into your left side of my neck. I couldn’t extend today for whatever reason.”



Koepka has been dealing with neck problems since the beginning of the year and is taking pain medication to get him through the weekend.

“Today was probably one of the worst days,” he said. “I’ve tried everything – sleeping different, I’ve been worked on. I don’t wish it upon anybody; it’s not fun. This is the first time I’ve ever had a stiff neck, but it sucks.”

Rory McIlroy double-bogeyed the par-4 2nd and bogeyed the 11th, but seven birdies and an eagle at the par-5 13th for a 66 left him in a tie for 8th at 11-under alongside Patrick Reed.

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“It seems like it’s one of these courses where it can give up a lot of birdies and some eagles and stuff, but it can bite you very quickly without really doing much wrong,” said McIlroy. “Yeah, it’s one of these places where you just have to stay patient and know that you’re going to have chances.”

“It’s definitely a course that no lead is big enough to kind of be safe because anything can happen,” said Reed.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Collin Morikawa
-15
70
64
67
201
T2
Billy Horschel
-13
67
67
69
203
T2
Brooks Koepka
-13
67
66
70
204
4
Webb Simpson
-12
66
69
69
204
T5
Rory McIlroy
-11
69
70
66
205
T5
Patrick Reed
-11
68
68
69
205
T7
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-10
66
69
71
206
T7
Viktor Hovland
-10
71
69
66
206
T7
Hideki Matsuyama
-10
72
66
68
206
T7
Scottie Scheffler
-10
69
70
67
206
T11
Abraham Ancer
-9
71
66
70
207
T11
Tony Finau
-9
68
67
72
207
T11
Louis Oosthuizen
-9
69
68
70
207
T14
Sergio Garcia
-8
67
74
67
208
T14
Jason Kokrak
-8
70
69
69
208
T16
Jason Day
-7
71
69
69
209
T16
Justin Thomas
-7
73
66
70
209
T16
Will Zalatoris
-7
72
69
68
209
19
Max Homa
-6
73
70
67
210
T20
Sungjae Im
-5
68
74
69
211
T20
Min Woo Lee
-5
74
71
66
211
T20
Sebastián Muñoz
-5
69
72
70
211
T20
Kevin Na
-5
73
69
69
211
T20
Aaron Rai
-5
72
70
69
211
T20
Gary Woodland
-5
71
69
71
211
T20
Cameron Smith
-5
68
66
77
211
27
Brendon Todd
-4
74
71
67
212
T28
Daniel Berger
-3
73
71
69
213
T28
Bryson DeChambeau
-3
77
64
72
213
T28
Thomas Detry
-3
70
73
70
213
T28
Lanto Griffin
-3
70
72
71
213
T28
Tyrrell Hatton
-3
70
73
70
213
T28
Yuki Inamori
-3
73
68
72
213
T28
Jason Scrivener
-3
75
68
70
213
T35
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-2
71
72
71
214
T35
Cameron Champ
-2
72
70
72
214
T35
Chan Kim
-2
71
71
72
214
T35
Matt Kuchar
-2
73
72
69
214
T35
Joaquin Niemann
-2
69
72
73
214
T35
Carlos Ortiz
-2
73
72
69
214
T35
Trevor Simsby
-2
74
70
70
214
T42
Tommy Fleetwood
-1
75
72
68
215
T42
Mackenzie Hughes
-1
73
73
69
215
T42
Dustin Johnson
-1
77
69
69
215
T45
Kevin Kisner
E
67
69
80
216
T45
Marc Leishman
E
72
70
74
216
T45
Jon Rahm
E
68
76
72
216
T45
Xander Schauffele
E
71
72
73
216
T45
Adam Scott
E
72
72
72
216
T50
Harris English
2
78
69
71
218
T50
Rasmus Højgaard
2
74
73
71
218
T50
Shane Lowry
2
72
70
76
218
T50
Erik van Rooyen
2
71
75
72
218
T54
Victor Perez
3
69
75
75
219
T54
Brandon Stone
3
71
74
74
219
T54
Bubba Watson
3
77
72
70
219
T57
Rafa Cabrera Bello
4
74
73
73
220
T57
David Lipsky
4
70
76
74
220
T57
Wade Ormsby
4
68
74
78
220
T57
Justin Rose
4
73
71
76
220
T57
Sami Valimaki
4
72
76
72
220
T57
Lee Westwood
4
74
69
77
220
63
Ryan Palmer
5
71
72
78
221
T64
Laurie Canter
7
72
75
76
223
T64
Brad Kennedy
7
81
73
69
223
T64
JC Ritchie
7
78
73
72
223
T64
Bernd Wiesberger
7
76
75
72
223
T68
Robert MacIntyre
8
74
72
78
224
T68
Daniel van Tonder
8
76
73
75
224
T70
Lucas Herbert
12
77
77
74
228
T70
Andy Sullivan
12
78
77
73
228
WD
Matthew Wolff
E