Collin Morikawa wins WGC Workday Championship, Victor Perez 52nd
First world championship victory for Collin Morikawa, who won at Bradenton ahead of Viktor Hovland and Brooks Koepka. Victor Perez finished 52nd in this WGC Workday Championship, 22 strokes behind the winner.
A final card of 69 (-3) will be enough for Collin Morikawa in his quest for a first career WGC. Winner last summer of the USPGA, the young American managed to keep his lead on Sunday to finally win alone.
With a total of -18, the 24-year-old Californian is ahead of a decidedly very strong Brooks Koepka this year (-15). “BK” and his 67 final share the 2nd place of this WGC Workday with the Norwegian Viktor Hovland (70) and Billy Horschel (70). This is already his fourth victory on the PGA Tour, for the now 4th player in the world.
At 24 years old, @Collin_Morikawa continues to impress amongst the world’s best. 👏
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 1, 2021
In the top 10, we find in particular Rory McIlroy and Webb Simpson (6th, -12), or Patrick Reed, ninth in this first world event of the year, in a total of -11 for the Texan.
On the French side, Victor Perez failed at the gates of the top 50. With a last card of 73, the Tarbais finished at +4 total. The only Habs entered is finally 52nd, 22 strokes behind the winner.
PGA: historic victory for Collin Morikawa
American golfer Collin Morikawa scored his fourth PGA Tour victory on Sunday at the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession, a World Golf Championship tournament held in Bradenton, Florida.
The 24-year-old finished the tournament with a differential of 270 (-18), three strokes ahead of his closest pursuers, Americans Brooks Koepka and Billy Horschel, as well as Norway’s Viktor Hovland.
In his last round, Morikawa bugged the second hole, but it was the only blunder of his day, he who scored four birdies afterwards.
The winner of the day became the seventh player to win four PGA events, including a Grand Slam title, before the age of 25. He joins an elite sports group that includes Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Jerry Pate.
He also became the second player in PGA history to win a Grand Slam and a World Championship tournament before the age of 25. The only other to have achieved this feat is none other than Woods.
In fact, several golfers showed their support for Woods on Sunday by sporting a red and black outfit, as the 45-year-old usually does in Sunday rounds. The latter was involved in a serious traffic accident on Tuesday and had to undergo surgery to treat numerous broken legs.
“Tiger means a lot to me,” Morikawa said after his victory. […] I don’t think we say thank you often enough, so I’d like to say that to Tiger. ”
“It’s hard to explain how touched I was when I turned on the TV and saw all those red jerseys,” Woods said on his Twitter account. To all golfers and amateurs, you are really helping me through these difficult times. ”
It is hard to explain how touching today was when I turned on the tv and saw all the red shirts. To every golfer and every fan, you are truly helping me get through this tough time.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) March 1, 2021
For his part, the only Canadian in contention, Mackenzie Hughes, handed out a final card of 75 (+3), which places him 44th, tied with three other participants, due to a cumulative score of 290 (+ 2).
Nelly Korda triumphs at Gainbridge Championship
A month after her sister Jessica, Nelly Korda won an LPGA tournament on Sunday in Florida. The 22-year-old handed in a 69 (-3) card to get his hands on the Gainbridge Championship.
His sister won the LPGA Championships in Lake Buena Vista in January. The two women are the daughters of former tennis player Petr Korda.
The champion of the day finished the competition with a cumulative of 272 (-16), which allowed her to beat her compatriot Lexi Thompson and New Zealander Lydia Ko by three strikes.
In her final round, Korda had three birdies on the first six holes and didn’t fault.
For her part, Canada’s Brooke M. Henderson had a difficult day, playing 74 (+2). She completed the event with a total of 282 (-6) strokes. This gave her the 16th place in the standings, tied with four other golfers.
Returning to competition after a 13-year hiatus, Annika Sorenstam finished the event 74th, last among the players to reach the weekend rounds. The former world number 1, now aged 50, concluded her run with a cumulative score of 301 (+13).