American Colin Morikawa finds success in the year’s fist golfing major winning the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park
Finally, after eight months of the year, we got the first golfing major. The PGA Championship took place last weekend in California at TPC Harding Park. Going into it, the newly elected world number one Justin Thomas was the favourite along with Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka.
This was to be a major like none other due to the fact there would-be no fans there. Going into it, 23-year old Colin Morikawa wouldn’t have been expecting to be challenging for it come Sunday afternoon. After all, this is only the second major for the world number 12 and he finished T-35 in his first one.
However, Morikawa went about his business quietly and went into Sunday tied fourth on -7. Still, everyone had that eyes set on what Koepka was doing along with the leader Dustin Johnson on -9.
Morikawa climber the leaderboard and stayed with the pack until the 16th where he played the shot of the weekend. He drove the par-four green in one and then putt to eagle the hole, putting himself in the lead. Paul Casey was looking to be the first Englishman to win a major since 1967 but couldn’t match Morikawa’s eagle.
The American proved too much for everyone else and shot six-under for the day to finish the weekend two shots clear and win the first major of his career.
The next major to follow the PGA Championship is the US Open. This is taking place at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York. It starts on Thursday 17th September and finishes on Sunday 20th.
Now the players have finally got the first major of the year under their belts, they will be chomping at the bit for this next one.
Rory McIlroy is the favourite and will be looking to turn around a disappointing PGA Championship. He is priced at 9/1 to win his first major since 2014. The US Open was his first-ever major win in 2011 and he really needs to win another soon!
Just behind McIlroy in the odds is Brooks Koepka. The American looked to be in with a chance of making it three PGA Championships out of three but had a poor final day. Priced at 10/1 he will be expecting to be challenging again at the next major.
The PGA Championship winner, Morikawa is now 16/1 to make it two majors in a row. He seemed to cope well Sunday with being at the top and even played his best when the pressure was one.
These are just a few of the players in with a shout for the US Open. As we get closer to it, we will have a more in-depth look at who we think will win, or is in with a chance.