Workday Charity Open Recap: Collin Closes

Workday Charity Open Recap: Collin Closes

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Collin Morikawa doesn't hit the longest drives and statistically he's a pretty poor putter. But what he does do, perhaps better than anyone else in golf right now, is hit laser-like iron shot after laser-like iron shot. They are not glamorous the way humongous drives and long, twisting putts are. No, Morikawa's iron shots are more like a boxer's body blows, slowly taking their toll on opponents.

Morikawa wore down one of the best golfers in the world on Sunday, needing three playoff holes to topple Justin Thomas and win the Workday Charity Open on a heavyweight day of golf at Muirfield Village.

Truth be told, Morikawa, Thomas – and early on, Viktor Hovland – were not landing body blows so much as haymakers. All three held the lead at some point on Sunday. Eventually, Hovland fell back.

That left Morikawa and Thomas in a playoff that was about as action-packed as possible for three holes. It began with Thomas stunningly rolling in a 50-footer for birdie, only to see Morikawa drill a 24-footer to survive. Stones.

In the end, however, the day didn't get the finish it deserved, as Thomas' fairway metal off the 17th tee cruelly landed right behind a tree. He then witnessed a final Morikawa iron shot nestle inside of the 10 feet – of course – and that was pretty much that.

And so Morikawa, part of the PGA Tour for barely a year, won for the second time and has zoomed all the way

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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