Collin Morikawa’s mighty made cut streak comes to an end at the Travelers, just short of Tiger’s record, but he will soon bounce back to his steady golf
This past weekend at the Travelers Championship, an incredible streak came to a halt as Collin Morikawa missed his first cut as a PGA Tour pro.
Morikawa’s streak lasted an impressive 22 consecutive cuts made,. This streak was just shy of the most made cuts starting a players career in the last 30 years. This record was set by (you guessed it) Tiger Woods, who made 25 consecutive cuts to start his career.
A few weeks ago in an interview with Golf Channel, Morikawa said, “obviously the goal is to reach Tiger, if not beat him.” Unfortunately, Collin won’t go on to break Tiger’s record, but 22 made cuts in a row is certainly an impressive feat.
Morikawa just didn’t have it at the Travelers. He doubled the third hole on his first front nine on Thursday along with two other bogies and only two birdies. It was much of the same on Friday where he posted another double, two more bogies, and three birdies. He didn’t have enough to compete with the low scores posted across the board, and finished +3 before missing the cut by 7 strokes (-4).
Morikawa is just 23 years old, having turned pro in 2019, and is already 21st in the FedExCup rankings. He suffered a devastating loss at the Charles Schwab Challenge a few weeks ago where he lost in a playoff to Daniel Berger with a 4 foot lipped out par putt. “This one bites a little harder,” he said after the tournament. Morikawa was clearly disappointed, but he will be in the winner’s circle again as his consistencies will soon pay off.
Besides the Travelers Championship, Morikawa has finished above par in just two tournaments in two seasons on the tour. Those starts were the Arnold Palmer Invitational where he finished +1, but finished T9 with the winner at just -4, and the 2019 US Open at Bethpage, an impossible course, where he finished +1 as well. Morikawa has been putting together consistent golf for two years on tour, which bodes well for the young man’s future.
The best part about Morikawa’s game is his approaching the green. He ranks 3rd this season on Tour in strokes gained in approaching the green (.976) and 9th in strokes gained from tee to green (1.342).
Morikawa is sitting out this week’s Rocket Mortgage after his missed cut at the Travelers, but he will look to get in shape for the rest of the 2020 season and the three majors coming down the line.