Sunday was an adventurous day for Collin Morikawa at the Tour Championship. But at the end of the day, he’s still within striking distance.
Collin Morikawa was seen as one of the players who might be able to come from behind this week at the Tour Championship to challenge the top three players entering the event, Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas. On Sunday, Morikawa made enough birdies to mount a rally, but he was all over the course on an adventurous day.
The 2020 PGA Championship winner started his round on Sunday with a birdie on the first hole, getting off to a good start. He would par the second hole before his up and down day really got going.
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On the third hole, he found the rough off the tee, found the bunker with his second shot, was near the green in three, then got up and down for a bogey. On the fourth hole, he found the rough off the tee again, found the rough with his second shot, was near the green in three, then got up and down for his second straight bogey.
Morikawa did settle down over the next two holes, recording pars on both the fifth and sixth. But on the seventh hole, he found the right rough off the tee, found the left rough with his second shot, then followed a familiar pattern. He was near the green in three and took two to get home, notching his third bogey on the front nine.
After a par on the eighth hole, Morikawa was able to birdie the ninth, making a seven-foot putt. He closed the front nine with a 1-over par 36.
Morikawa made a couple of pars, at 10 and 11, to start his back nine. Then, the roller coaster resumed.
On the 12th hole, his second shot landed about four feet from the cup and he converted the putt to get back to even par on his Sunday round. On the 13th hole, his second shot was just eight feet from the cup, and he made another putt to get back under par on his round.
However, he was unable to keep it going. He found the rough off the tee on the 14th hole and, as it had done all day long, that led to a bogey, and he dropped back to even.
But it wouldn’t have been Morikawa’s Sunday round if he didn’t bounce back. And he did so in a big way. He birdied the par-3 15th hole and followed that with a birdie on the par-4 16th hole to get to 2-under for the first time on the day.
Morikawa just missed a birdie on the 17th hole before closing his round with a birdie on the par-5 18th hole. He closed with a 67 and now stands at 12-under par with 18 holes to play.
It was a wild day around East Lake for Morikawa, but he’s still within striking distance of leader Dustin Johnson.