It makes sense that a talented, cerebral player like Collin Morikawa would improve at the Masters in each of his three trips.
Just making the cut in your debut is no small feat. Morikawa recorded a pair of 2-under 70s on the week en route to T-44th in 2020.
The Cal-Berkeley alum jumped up to T-18th (71-74-74-68) in 2021 and used a holed-out bunker shot on the 72nd hole to vault to solo fifth (73-70-74-67) last year.
The 26-year-old Californian is seeking his third major championship in his 13th start. Morikawa won the 2020 PGA Championship and The Open Championship in 2021.
Wouldn’t it be something to have the career Grand Slam up for grabs when he comes home to Los Angeles Country Club this summer at the U.S. Open?
Morikawa has been stellar in these big four events, making nine of 11 cuts with six top-10s and no finish worse than T-55th.
Recent form shows Morikawa is not at the height of his powers, but he’s showing signs he could be ready to break out.
He had a lead on Sunday at the Sentry Tournament of Champions en route to solo second. Morikawa got back into contention his next time out at the Farmers Insurance Open where he took third.
Morikawa’s added T-6th in LA at the Genesis Invitational and was T-13th in his last stroke-play start at the Players Championship.
He ranks second on the PGA Tour in strokes gained per round on approach (1.095). One of Morikawa’s weaknesses is playing out of the rough, which won’t be exacerbated at a place like Augusta National.