PGA Championship 2020: Collin Morikawa Wins 1st Career Major at 23 Years Old

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2020

Collin Morikawa watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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What a day of golf. 

After a number of lead changes and a tight pack remaining in contention late into Sunday, Collin Morikawa managed to pull away from the pack, shooting a 64 in the final round to finish 13 under for the tournament and win the PGA Championship in San Francisco. 

It was Morikawa's first major title and put the 23-year-old in some elite company:

Morikawa didn't play like someone who had never won a major before:

The 16th hole was Morikawa's key moment. With the tournament still up for grabs, Morikawa hit a drive for the ages and followed it up with an eagle, pulling two strokes ahead. 

It was the defining moment of the tournament and his young career:

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"What a shot he hit on 16," Paul Casey, who finished in a tie for second with Dustin Johnson at 11 under, told reporters after the round. "Awesome show. There's nothing you can do other than tip your cap to that."

"He's a hell of a player. He's really good," added 2018 and 2019 PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka (-3), who generally is at his best at majors but surprisingly struggled Sunday, shooting a 74 that left him out of contention. "You see these guys coming out of college now, they are ready to win. It's impressive what they do. They come out of college and they're ready to play out here. Hats off to him."

Even Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes was impressed, and all that guy has done is win an MVP award and a Super Bowl title by the age of 24:

Morikawa's only stumble came when received his trophy:

It was a far more disappointing day for the aforementioned Johnson, who led after 54 holes and didn't play poorly on Sunday, shooting a 68. But he couldn't do enough to hold off Morikawa. That, sadly, has become a theme for Johnson at the majors:

Other notable scores for the tournament included Jason Day (-10), Patrick Reed (-7), Rory McIlroy (-2), Tiger Woods (-1), Justin Thomas (-1), Jordan Spieth (+4), Bubba Watson (+4) and Phil Mickelson (+4). 

But the day belonged to Morikawa, the PGA Tour's newest shooting star. It doesn't seem likely that Sunday's triumph will be his last.