Collin Morikawa is dealing with a historic fall at the 2023 Sentry Championship
Three bad moves at the wrong times.
That’s how Collin Morikawa explained his historic fall in the final round of the 2023 Sentry Championship – won by Jon Rahm – which saw him join the list of nine players who lost by six shots after 54 holes on the PGA Tour.
“Sadness. Don’t know. It’s terrible,” he said of his immediate feelings after the round. “You work so hard and you give yourself those opportunities and just bad timing on bad shots and kind of putting. – to him very soon.”
Unfortunately for the 25-year-old American, Sunday was not the only mistake late in his career. He also had a five-shot lead in the final round of the 2021 Hero World Challenge.
“A hero is different. A hero started bad, he never found it, he never felt good, only bad. Today it felt good,” explained Morikawa, who faced the media with emotion just minutes after completing the back nine. “Just made three bad moves, really, at the wrong times. It’s never a good time to put a bad swing on him, but sometimes it works out and they didn’t.”
Morikawa’s first bogeys of the week came Sunday on Nos. 14-16 at the Kapalua Plantation Course and left him matching the second-worst score of the day, a 1-under 72. He knew he was in trouble when he reached the 15th green and realized he was putting for par to stay tied for the lead.
“At that point it’s a little bit different than what you had early on,” Morikawa said. Rahm played his final seven holes at 6 under, but Morikawa was 2 over over the final stretch.
Morikawa said he will take a few days off to enjoy what Hawaii has to offer — admitting it won’t be as much fun now — and will next compete at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego at the end of the month, followed by the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale (February 9-12) and the Genesis Invitational (February 16-19) at Riviera near Los Angeles, where he finished T-2 the this past season.
After an amazing college and amateur career at Cal, Morikawa found instant success after turning pro with his victory at the 2019 Barracuda Championship. In just 77 PGA Tour starts, Morikawa has five wins already on Tour – including a pair of majors at the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2021 Open – and 26 top-10 finishes.
So far this season, Morikawa has made the cut in his three official starts, but remains winless dating back to July 2021.
“We’re still getting there, but for me I know there’s still a lot of work to do,” he said. “Of course it shows today, but I’m willing to put in that work.”
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