The way Collin Morikawa has been a beacon of consistency in his young career makes his two major championship starts in 2020 amusing: a win and a missed cut.
He’s usually not so boom or bust like he was from his PGA Championship win at TPC Harding Park to an early departure at Winged Foot.
Morikawa famously made his first 18 cuts as a pro. The former Cal Golden Bear has never missed two in a row, either.
As close as he’s gotten to a slump would be now, I suppose, with two missed cuts in the last five tries. Even then, that span includes the win at the PGA, T-20th at the BMW Championship and sixth (T-7th gross) at the Tour Championship.
Even when he doesn’t have his best stuff and/or is confronted with a new course, the 23 year old has the talent to grind out a good paycheck most weeks.
That was the case last year in his Shriners Hospitals for Children Open debut. Morikawa fired 67-66-67-72 to finish T-42nd. He hit over 70% fairways and greens but gave up ground on around the greens.
Morikawa ranked second on the PGA Tour last season in strokes gained approach (.884) and was ninth off the tee (.44). He’s been absolutely deadly inside 200 yards and will have lots of birdie looks this week at TPC Summerlin.