When you win a major championship, I’m willing to give a pass for just about anything that happens in the following tournament. Even if that’s an ultra rare missed cut by young Collin Morikawa.He still had a chance to make the weekend at The Northern Trust needing an eagle on the last on Friday, but, alas, he actually got to rest on the weekend.
The stat’s been beaten into golf fans’ heads, but he now has as many missed cuts (three) as PGA Tour wins (three). There’s no cut this week at the BMW Championship, though I expect Morikawa to play well enough to make one if there was.
Since the Tour resumed in June, he finished second in a playoff at the Charles Schwab Challenge, won the Workday Charity Open, finished T-20th at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and won the PGA Championship.
Depending how these next two weeks go, he’s got a shot at PGA Tour Player of the Year honors. Three top-10s before the pandemic and a slew of made cuts support his cause.
Morikawa’s familiar with Olympia Fields from his collegiate days at Cal playing in the Fighting Illini Invitational. He finished T-13th in 2017 and was second in 2018 only behind fellow BMW Championship competitor Matthew Wolff.
The 23-year-old ranks 17th on Tour in strokes gained off the tee (.491 per round) and is second in SG approach (.943). The latter should help him stick it close on Olympia Fields’ small greens.
He’s not long by Tour standards, but he has enough power to carry most fairway bunkers this week. Per usual, it’ll be about rolling the rock this week. He’s outside the top 100 in SG putting, but has already won on bentgrass greens this week at the Workday.