Collin Morikawa wasn’t a major factor in last week’s Masters, but a T-10th finish isn’t the worst way to open the major championship season.
Rounds of 69-69-74-72 earned him a six-figure paycheck and could give him some confidence if he isn’t too wrapped up in posting over-par scores when conditions worsened.
Morikawa comes to the RBC Heritage seeking his fourth made cut here in as many tries.
The California kid looks fairly comfortable on the opposite coast and finished T-7th (65-68-67-72) at Harbour Town in 2021. Morikawa ended up just three shots off the pace.
He was top-three in the field in strokes gained on approach (7.584) and second in SG tee-to-green (11.556).
“It’s a course that I think really suits my game,” Morikawa was transcribed by ASAP Sports in 2021. “A lot of tee to green, a lot of approach shots that are kind of in my wheelhouse.”
Prior to Augusta, Morikawa has been playing pretty well.
He had the Sentry Tournament of Champions in the bag to open 2023 before fumbling it away on the back nine on Sunday. Morikawa still salvaged second place and took third in his next start at the Farmers Insurance Open.
The 26-year-old added T-6th at the Genesis Invitational and T-13th at the Players Championship.
Morikawa ranks second on the PGA Tour this season in SG per round on approach (1.095) as well as second in driving accuracy (71.23%).
Putting still remains his glaring weakness, but Morikawa has yet to miss a putt inside three feet all season and does not have to take on treacherous green complexes this week like he just saw at ANGC.