There aren’t going to be many more occasions to say Collin Morikawa is making his course debut. His lap around the PGA Tour schedule is just about complete.
He’s been one of the most consistent players all season. When he makes a rare slip-up, he gets right back after it.
That showed last week when Morikawa bounced back from a missed cut at The Northern Trust to play well and finish T-20th at the BMW Championship. He even had to bounce back mid-tournament. Morikawa co-led at 2-under on Thursday afternoon before his round fell apart and he shot 76. A Friday 73 would have resulted in an MC if there was one.
Instead, he was one of the best at Olympia Fields on the weekend. He posted 68-68 to keep his FedEx Cup hopes alive.
He won the lone major held this season, the PGA Championship. Morikawa also won at the Workday Charity Open and was runner up at Colonial, so he should be the presumptive 2019-2020 Player of the Year. A strong showing this week will lock that up.
.The 23-year-old ranks second in strokes gained approach (.901 per round) and fourth SG tee to green (1.354). He’s outside the top 100 in putting, but that ranking should improve with experience. He led the field in SG putting at TPC Harding Park, so he’s got it in him.
Morikawa doesn’t have a ton of reps on Bermuda greens, which gives me some pause about his already worrisome putter. However, he’s bound to just hit it close enough to render that a moot point.