Collin Morikawa was due to cool off at some point, right? Fortunately for him, his cold spells would be satisfying results for most of his competitors.
The 23-year-old Californian missed the cut by one at Winged Foot. He shot 71 on Friday and could have carved out a nice finish if he stuck around.
Similar story last week at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Rounds of 69 and 67 (-6) would have him in the mix to win after 36 holes most weeks. Instead, he was trunk slamming after missing the cut by one. Mind you, the PGA Tour just switched last season to taking top 65 and ties instead of top 70, but this was the lowest 36-hole cut in relation to par on record since 1970.
I can’t imagine Collin’s throwing too many clubs right now. There aren’t any snowmen on the card. A little more rest could honestly do him some good.
So I like him to bounce back quickly. Morikawa was my choice to win PGA Tour Player of the Year in 2019-2020. He won the PGA Championship in thrilling fashion, the Workday Charity Open and was runner up at Colonial where he had it in his grasp in a playoff.
Morikawa made it to East Lake and finished sixth (T-7th gross) in his first FedEx Cup Playoffs appearance.
He ranked second in SG approach (.884) last season. His precision will come in handy as leaving the ball on the right level is key on these undulating green complexes.