The PGA Tour may have found its next big star in 24-year-old Collin Morikawa, who took his fourth career win on Sunday by beating the best players in the world.
Playing at a notoriously difficult golf course — the Concession Golf Club — in Florida, Morikawa dished out a three-under-par 69 to grab a three-shot victory at the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship, according to PGA Tour.
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Due to the win, Morikawa became the second player in history to win both a World Golf Championship event and a major event (last year’s PGA Championship) before the age of 25.
Experts have compared Morikawa’s four wins in his first 41 Tour starts to the combined four wins of Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy in their first 41 starts.
First 41 PGA Tour events.
Collin Morikawa: 4 wins
JT, Rory, Spieth: 4 combined wins
— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) February 28, 2021
The achievement of having won both a major and a world championship before 25 puts him in the same caliber as golf icon Tiger Woods, who accomplished the same feat earlier in his career.
During his post-round interview on NBC’s Golf Channel, Morikawa shared a message for Woods, who is currently in a hospital due to a car crash last Tuesday.
“I don’t think we say thank you enough, so I want to say thank you to Tiger.” pic.twitter.com/isVg9IJ5zo
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) February 28, 2021
“Tiger means everything to me,” Morikawa said. “And yes, he had the crash and thankfully he’s alright and hopefully he has a quick and great recovery. But I don’t think we say thank you enough so I want to say thank you to Tiger because sometimes you lose people too early… Kobe, I lost my grandpa about a month ago and you don’t get to say thank you enough. So, thank you guys.”
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