Collin Morikawa: After ‘life-changing’ main win, US star says fame will not change him

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A little bit over a 12 months later, in August 2020, he was golf’s fifth highest-ranked participant.
His shock victory that month on the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco — ending two photographs forward of Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey in solely his second main outing — catapulted him to the highest of the sport and into mainstream recognition.

Morikawa, who admits the victory on the PGA was “very life-changing,” is adamant the celebrity that has include it will not “change who I am.”

“A lot of opportunities are given to you, a lot more sponsorships, people being aware of who you are,” he instructed CNN’s Dwelling Golf’s Shane O’Donoghue.

Morikawa reacts as the lid to the Wanamaker Trophy falls off during the trophy presentation for the  2020 PGA Championship.

“I feel like I’m still the same 23-year-old kid that you guys call me. I’ve got a smile on my face, and I love food, and I hope that’s me for the rest of my life.”

Whereas many gamers may need been sated by that victory, that isn’t the case for Morikawa.

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“It didn’t feel like I checked that box off of winning a major championship and I’m satisfied with the rest of my career. It just made me want more,” he stated.

“Now, whether I’m at a major championship or a regular event, European Tour event, whatever it might be, I want that winning feeling because when you win, it’s just a feeling that you can’t describe, especially in golf, with us really losing more than we win.”

Morikawa plays his shot from the eighth tee during the first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.

A world participant

Having initially damaged onto the scene within the US with victories on the PGA Tour, Morikawa is now seeking to take his sport across the globe.

“If you look at the history of golf, there’s a lot of global players and those are the ones that are well-known,” he defined.

“It speaks a lot to their personalities as a person, but it also speaks a lot about their games. They’re able to adjust. That’s all about golf, adjusting to what we’re given ahead of us.”

On the European Tour, Morikawa completed fifth within the 2020 Race to Dubai and might be touring again to the emirate this month as one of many headliners for the OMEGA Dubai Desert Traditional, which is about to start out on January 28.

Taking to the course alongside 2017 winner Sergio Garcia and European Ryder Cup heroes Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose and Tyrrell Hatton, the Californian’s expertise might be put to the check on the Emirates Golf Membership.

Morikawa plays a shot during day two of the DP World Tour Championship.

“My entire life, it’s always been about consistency. I’ve said that since day one, I believed in myself that I could do it, but I’ve only tested myself out really in the US on the PGA Tour,” he stated.

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“And what better way to come out here on the European Tour, the Race to Dubai, and really make a statement for myself to show that my game travels. At the end of my career, I want to look back and be able to say that it does.”