US PGA Championship: Collin Morikawa Wins and Denies Paul Casey First Major

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Morikawa becomes ninth player to win US PGA Championship on debut -13 C Morikawa (US); -11 P Casey (Eng) D Johnson (US); -10 M Wolff, B DeChambeau, T Finau (all US), J Day (Aus); -9 J Rose (Eng), S Scheffler (USA) Selected others: -7 J Rahm (Spa), -4 I Poulter (Eng); -3 T Fleetwood (Eng), B Koepka (US); -2 R McIlroy (NI); -1 J Thomas (US), T Woods (US); +3 R MacIntyre (Sco), S Lowry (Ire) Full Classification

American Collin Morikawa was born from a stacked standings to win the 2020 US PGA Championship after a flawless final round in San Francisco.

At one point on the back nine, six players shared the lead, but an eagle on the 16th saw the 23-year-old go free.

World number 12 charted a six-under 64 at TPC Harding Park to reach 13 under in just its second major.

Paul Casey from England was two shots back in a tie for second with Night leader Dustin Johnson after a 66.

Like Morikawa, Matthew Wolff was another unknown American who broke the field on Sunday, shooting a 65 to finish 10 under.

He came fourth with Jason Day, Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau, who all took 66 cards on a heart-pounding final day, mocking concerns about how competitive the first major of the year would be without fans.

Justin Rose of England got a 67 to finish a shot further back after being three behind the lead at night along with fellow countryman Tommy Fleetwood, who slid down three.

Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka followed Johnson with two on his way to the final round but tripped over a four-over 74 to also finish in three-under.

Morikawa Steals the Show

After a flawless final round, Morikawa's only blemish came when he managed to leave the lid off fall as he lifted the Wanamaker Trophy

On the way to the final day was all about another possible battle between Johnson and Koepka after Koepka held off his Ryder Cup teammate who won last year US PGA.

And Koepka reinforced their friendly rivalry by belittling Johnson & # 39; s lone big win after Day Three, adding, "I love my chances. When I got in this position. sat before I capitalized. "

Still, Koepka ignored the logjam on the scoreboard when another American stole the show, someone who was only in his second year on the PGA Tour.

Remarkably, Morikawa has more wins on the tour than missed cuts, coming in second at the Charles Schwab Challenge in June before won last year's Workday Charity Open month.

He didn't appear on radar until he shot a 65 to take two off the lead on day three in Harding Park, just 20 miles from where he was attending college at the University of California at Berkeley.

But as Johnson tried to fend off the pursuers, Morikawa went into battle with three birdies in his first 10 holes.

He then dropped in for a birdie on the 14th par-4 to become the first man to reach 11 under and despi to be joined by Casey, he hit the shot of the week from the 16th tee.

Morikawa made it to within two meters of par four, holding on to his courage to sink the eagle's head to be on the verge of becoming only the ninth player. The American PGA won on their debut, and the first since Keegan Bradley in 2011.

"It's amazing," said Morikawa, who grew up in Los Angeles. "As a small child watching all these professionals, this is always what I wanted to do.

" I felt very comfortable from the start as an amateur, junior golfer, turning professional last year. But to finally shut it down and get here in San Francisco, kind of my second home I've spent the last four years, is pretty special. "

Casey kept waiting for his first major

Paul Casey missed the oldest first big winner since 1967

Morikawa was four years old when Paul Casey claimed his first European Tour victory in 2001, and since then the Englishman has rarely dropped out of the top 50 in the world.

There has never been any doubt about his ability, it was if he could produce when it really mattered – a big championship.

The 43-year-old has yet to win a Players Championship or World Golf Championship event, let alone a major, with his previous best tied for third at the 2010 Open.

Still, he remains one of the most consistent players on the tour and after two wins last year he traveled to San Francisco as number 28 of the w honorary.

After a first lap of 68, he said he had more confidence in caddy John McLaren. the bag and after finishing round two of the lead, there was genuine belief that this could be his time.

Three birdies from his first 10 holes helped Casey become England's first American PGA Championship winner since 1919 – and the oldest first big winner since 1967.

But he dropped a shot on the 13th after overcooking his approach and despite responding with two more birdies, Casey said gracefully that Morikawa deserved the victory after that "glorious" tee shot.

& # 39; When you hit it so pure, it really doesn't matter & # 39; – what they said

Paul Casey: "I've played great golf, but Collin absolutely deserves it. I mean what a shot he hit at 16, just great golf. There is nothing you can do but put your cap on.

"I am very happy. It's been a great week, a strange week that clearly misses the fans. "

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