Colin Morikawa descends, then climbs, the US Open leaderboard

Brooklyn, MA – Midway by the US Open, Colin Morikawa stood on the high of the leaderboard wanting so as to add a 3rd main championship to his resume.

However on Transition Day, as Saturdays on the PGA Tour are referred to as, Morikawa bounced again uncharacteristically. After seven over 77, Morikawa discovered himself six pictures out of tempo when he began on Sunday. He proved too quick a deficit to return to competitors, however he derailed on the Nation Membership greater than happy, having improved his tally with 11 pictures from the earlier spherical.

“I do not know if I discovered one thing,” he mentioned after the 66-year-old pushed him into the sub-par after which right into a tie for fifth. “I feel that It simply taught me that I have to play golf. This yr he is been so targeted on making an attempt to make that reduce and making an attempt to be so good, that is who I’m now. However simply exit and play. Issues are going to be powerful and the ball will not go the place you need it to. However simply discover out.”

British Open champion and 2020 PGA Championship winner Morikawa performed a stealth-free 9 in moist, calm circumstances. He got here to the inexperienced quantity eighteen he wanted to make a chook for any likelihood he had. However his shot was quick.

“I had some momentum, type of keep on,” mentioned Morikawa, who shot a 32, three beneath par, on a 9 within the again. “If I may get 4, that will be an awesome quantity to put up. It was nonetheless quick, nevertheless it was a much-needed spherical.”

Morikawa shot 66 on Friday, showing as co-leader with Joel Dahmin, after two rounds. Then catastrophe got here on Saturday, when his tour included 4 phantoms, two double phantoms and just one chook.

He had mentioned earlier than the match that he was struggling along with his iron play. He often performs a left-to-right cutout, however the ball has lately been heading from proper to left, he mentioned. However Morikawa had little issues within the first two days.

“The way in which I used to be taking part in, I wasn’t anticipating it,” he mentioned.

He added, “Hopefully, not many seven video games come sooner or later. However it made me form of refocus and get again to issues. Simply get him off the tee, into the precise lane, after which fear about him from there.”

Morikawa described Sunday’s tour as a “large enhance” and mentioned he would keep in mind the weekend greater than the crash consequence he bought on Saturday. Previous to the third spherical, his worst consequence got here on the US Open in 2020 at Winged Foot Stadium in New York, the place he opened with a rating of 76 and was unable to attain.

Final yr, he completed a tie for fourth at Torrey Pines close to San Diego. He then went on to win his second main, beating Jordan Spieth by two strokes at Royal St. George.

As was the case final yr, Morikawa mentioned he plans to play the Scottish Open to adapt to this yr’s British Open in St Andrews, a match he mentioned he has but to play. However he mentioned he understood it could be loads totally different for him this time for 2 causes: his standing as a champion, and the venue, the outdated historic stadium.

“I feel I’ll should do a very good job of prioritizing every day and breaking down what I have to deal with,” he mentioned. “Whether or not it is golf or whether or not I simply have to get pleasure from being there in St Andrews, because the defending champion.”

He added, “There might be extra distractions, however that does not imply I will not deal with golf when the time comes.”

This was the 14th official occasion of Morikawa’s official tour this season. He tied for second place on the Genesis Invitational in February and completed second on the CJ Cup at Summit within the fall. He completed fifth within the Masters, ending in type by breaking out of the vault on the 72nd gap.

Along with his majors, Morikawa racked up three extra PGA Tour victories, all of which got here earlier than his twenty fifth birthday. He received twice final season; The World Golf Championship and the British Open. He additionally received the DP World Championship in 2021. Coming into the US Open, he ranked seventh within the official world golf rankings, and was quantity 20 in factors on the FedEx Cup checklist.

Along with the golf occasions that Morikawa has deliberate, there’s additionally a marriage approaching for his outdated girlfriend Catherine Cho. Not like Brooks Koepka, who introduced his marriage ceremony in June, Morikawa has not revealed any plans for the approaching marriage.