Collin Morikawa Surges in Final Round to Capture PGA Championship


History was made in a number of ways at TPC Harding Park on Sunday, as the PGA Championship was taken home by 23-year-old Collin Morikawa.

That's historic in itself: Morikawa joins Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy as victors of the PGA Championship at that age, tied for third behind Gene Sarazen (20 years old and 21 years old) and Tom Creavy (21 years old).

He made a Lamar Jackson-ian ascension over the past year, as well. Similarly to how the Ravens quarterback went from backup option to MVP, Madden Cover, and No. 1 player on the NFL Top 100 list, Morikawa achieved elite growth in a 12-month span.

The historic value of this victory doesn't stop yet, though. Morikawa's play on Sunday was nothing short of exceptional, and that may be selling it short. His score in the final round has never been topped by an eventual tournament winner.

Morikawa trailed Dustin Johnson by two strokes heading into the final round of play, in which Johnson shot a 68.

The field was crowded around Morikawa at the end, as Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson tied for second place (-11) while there was a five-way tie for third place (-10).

Morikawa is the fifth-straight American winner of the PGA Championship, following victories from Brooks Koepka in 2018 and 2019, Justin Thomas in 2017 and Jimmy Walker in 2016.

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