2023 WM Phoenix Open: Top 10 Power Rankings at TPC Scottsdale

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After a disappointing 2022 by two-time major champion Collin Morikawa’s lofty standards, the 25-year-old appears to be regaining momentum.

In a pair of starts in 2023, Morikawa posted solo second at the Sentry Tournament of Champions finishing only behind current world No. 3 Jon Rahm. Morikawa looked to be in great shape to win it on Sunday, but a stumble to the finish resigned him to be runner-up.

The Cal-Berkeley alum followed it up a few weeks later with another high finish at a designated event. Morikawa posted solo third at the Farmers Insurance Open with only Max Homa and Keegan Bradley going lower.

He’d like to end his Sunday sorrows, but it’s not like the five-time PGA Tour champion doesn’t know how to close out a tournament.

Morikawa now arrives at the WM Phoenix Open for the second time. He took T-25th (69-67-68-71) in his debut in 2020. He was tops in the field in strokes gained tee to green (10.747) but, as you’ve likely heard before, he didn’t make enough putts.

Last season, Morikawa ranked third in SG approach per round (.854) after leading that stat the season prior (1.17) and finishing second in 2019-20 (.884).

His dispersion rates with mid-irons are what you and I could only dream of with our wedges. His putting did improve from 178th (-.457) in 2020-21 to 131st (-.088) last season and 91st (.085) at time of writing.

Morikawa was also first in approach proximity from inside 100 yards (28’11) and from 200-plus yards (43’1”).