Collin Morikawa captured his first major championship with his victory at the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
Morikawa’s drive on the par-4 16th left him with a seven foot eagle putt that sealed the deal on his third career PGA TOUR victory after turning pro last summer. His epic tee shot on No. 16 came on the heels of a chip-in on No. 14 from short right of the green.
“Those are moments I’m always going to remember,” said Morikawa.
Morikawa now has as many major championships as missed cuts on the PGA TOUR as his only time to have a weekend off was earlier this summer at the Travelers Championship.
Morikawa’s winner’s check is $1.98 million.
The PGA Championship, which was moved from May to August due to the coronavirus pandemic and it is the first major of 2020. It is the first major to be played without spectators and the first of seven majors to be contested over the next 11 months.
Dustin Johnson began the final round with the lead and following a 68, he ended up tied for second with Paul Casey, two shots behind Morikawa.
Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka began the day two shots out of the lead, but a Sunday 74 dropped him to a tie for 29th.
15-time major champion Tiger Woods fired a final round 67 to end up in a tie for 37th in a group that included current world No. 1 Justin Thomas and Webb Simpson.
Phil Mickelson, who made news on Saturday with his entertaining hour in the tower with Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo on the CBS broadcast, had a 73 on Sunday that landed him in a tie for 71st with Bubba Watson, Danny Lee and Jordan Spieth.