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Monday, August 10, 2020

The Limerick Summary: 2020 PGA Championship

Winner: Collin Morikawa

Around the wider world of golf: Danielle Kang went back-to-back with a victory at the Marathon LPGA Classic; Andy Sullivan won the English Championship on the ET; Lee Hodges won the WinCo Foods Portland Open on the Korn Ferry Tour; the KLPGA team defended the OrangeLife Champions Trophy over the combined LPGA/JLPGA team; Sung Hyun Kim won the KPGA Championship; and Rose Zhang beat Gabriela Ruffels in 38 holes at the Women's Amateur.

New PGA champion Collin Morikawa finds the Wannamaker trophy has a mind of its own

Perhaps in the future my Twofer Tuesday picks should avoid municipal courses. I had Brooks Koepka (T29) and Justin Thomas (T37), who were clearly puzzled by the shots we weekend athletes have to contend with on a regular basis. Perhaps they were confused by the lack of spectators...?

  • Top10s: 15 for 38 (6 Top5, 9 other Top10s)
  • Winners: 1 for 19 events

Granted, Brooks did start the final round on the first page of the leaderboard. He simply didn't stay there. But there were plenty of players eager to take his spot.

Collin Morikawa appeared to be more eager than most.

In a field dominated by bombers -- and yes, Bryson DeChambeau proved his body changes would indeed improve his play in the majors by getting his first Top10 -- two of the Top3 finishers weren't bombers at all, but rather shotmakers and good putters. Paul Casey tied for second...

And Collin just went freaking crazy in the last five holes. A chip-in birdie on the 14th and an eagle on the par-4 16th put him out of the reach of the rest of the field.

With two victories in a month -- one at Muirfield Village and the other a major -- he takes over the #1 spot in my Ruthless Golf World Rankings. He's also only the fourth 23-year-old, behind Jack, Tiger and Rory, to win a PGA Championship. Think about this, folks: Collin Morikawa now has as many majors as he has missed cuts. That's unusual these days for sure!

Even the Wanamaker Trophy didn't know how to handle it, as illustrated in the photo above.

But I know how to handle it for sure. I just pump out another Limerick Summary. Collin's building a nice collection of them for someone so early in his career! [UPDATE: And please forgive me, Collin -- you aren't the only guy to bobble the prize! I accidentally put UCLA when I should have put Cal Berkeley. I hope this corrected Limerick Summary works for you!]

Just like Rory and Tiger and Jack,
For Collin there’s no looking back.
Went from Cal-Berkeley play
To his first PGA
At just age 23. He’s no hack!

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