Collin Morikawa is back at Pebble Beach for the first time since taking T-35th here in his major championship debut at the 2019 U.S. Open.
He was fresh off his illustrious collegiate career at Cal-Berkeley when he sectional qualified for the U.S. Open in his home state.
The Los Angeles native made good in not only his major debut but in his second event as a pro.
Morikawa carded 71-73-72-69 for a consistent week on Carmel Bay. A little over a month later and he’s already a PGA Tour winner at the Barracuda Championship.
Flash forward five years and Morikawa is a mainstay on the PGA Tour with two major championships in tow.
This will be the 26-year-old’s third start of 2024. He played well in his first one, taking T-5th at The Sentry. More importantly, Morikawa used his platform to raise funds for Hawaiian charities in wake of the Maui fires. Morikawa’s grandparents still reside in Hawaii.
He’s since taken a few weeks off to rest up prior to a busy stretch of golf coming up on the West Coast swing.
Morikawa is not far removed from his win last fall in Japan at the Zozo Championship. It put a cherry on top of what was a strong 2022-23 statistical season.
Morikawa was 11th on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Total (1.438). That was supported by ranks of second in SG: Approach (1.012) and fourth in SG: Tee-to-Green (1.547).
He was top-10 in average approach proximity from every different yardage range between 100-200 yards.