Collin Morikawa won his first major tournament on Sunday, clinching the PGA Championship victory after fending off Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau and a host of others.
The 23-year-old hadn’t finished higher than 35th in a major, but the final two rounds at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco propelled him to victory.
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He also won a pretty hefty check. The total PGA Championship purse this year was $ 11 million.
Morikawa won $ 1.98 million.
The 23-year-old shot a consecutive 69 in the first two rounds of the tournament before ending the third round with a 65 to keep him close to the leaders.
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Morikawa’s eagle on the 16th hole gave the young golfer the lead in the final part of the round. On a par 4, he led the ball 7 feet from the hairpin and landed the eagle shot. He ultimately turned out to be the difference factor and what set him apart from Casey.
He finished the fourth round with a 64.
Morikawa claimed two victories on the PGA Tour entering the PGA Championship. He won the 2019 Barracuda Championship and last month the Workday Charity Open in the playoffs against Justin Thomas.
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Casey and Dustin Johnson shared the second prize of $ 1.188 million and each took home $ 968,000. DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Jason Day, Matthew Wolff and Scottie Scheffler each won $ 404,350.