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TEE-RIFIC! YOUNG TAL­ENTS SHINE AS MA­JOR GOLF RE­TURNS…

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TWENTY three-year-old Collin Morikawa stunned the golf­ing world at the week­end by win­ning the 2020 US PGA Cham­pi­onship in San Fran­cisco.

A tense fi­nal round saw six play­ers share the lead at one point, but Collin pro­duced a flaw­less per­for­mance, sink­ing an ea­gle putt on the 16th hole to move clear of the com­pe­ti­tion. Speak­ing af­ter his vic­tory, he said: “It’s amaz­ing. As a lit­tle kid, watch­ing all th­ese profession­als, this is al­ways what I’ve wanted to do.”

The Amer­i­can was play­ing in just his sec­ond ma­jor tour­na­ment, and only turned pro­fes­sional last sum­mer. But he now joins Jack Nick­laus, Tiger Woods and Rory McIl­roy in win­ning the PGA Cham­pi­onship un­der the age of 24 – and he was not the only young­ster to im­press at the tour­na­ment.

A five-way tie for fourth place in­cluded 21-year-old Matthew Wolff and 24-year-old rookie Scot­tie Sch­ef­fler, who were both mak­ing their first ap­pear­ances at the tour­na­ment.

Matthew, who also turned pro­fes­sional last year, rose through the field on the fi­nal day, fin­ish­ing on ten un­der par, while Scot­tie held on to fin­ish above ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers such as Justin Rose and Jon Rahm.

“Golf is in a great spot,” said Scot­tie. “It seems like any­one can win on any given week, so it’s ex­cit­ing.”

Britain’s Paul Casey fin­ished in joint sec­ond place with Amer­ica’s Dustin John­son, mean­ing his long wait for a first ma­jor win will con­tinue. But the 43-year-old said that Morikawa was a wor­thy win­ner.

“I played wonderful golf, but Collin thor­oughly de­serves it,” he told the BBC.

“I mean, what a shot he hit on 16, just awe­some golf. There’s noth­ing you can do ex­cept tip your cap to that.”

 ??  ?? Collin Morikawa stands with the enor­mous US PGA Cham­pi­onship tro­phy
Collin Morikawa stands with the enor­mous US PGA Cham­pi­onship tro­phy

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