Collin Morikawa lands second PGA Tour title in 24 starts
Play-off agony for Justin Thomas in Workday Charity Open
Collin Morikawa claimed his second PGA Tour win in just 24 starts as he beat Justin Thomas in a play-off to win the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village.
The 23-year-old had made 22 consecutive cuts before seeing that streak come to an end in the Travelers Championship in Connecticut at fortnight ago.
He then sat out of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit before wasting no time getting straight back into his stride in the first of a double-header on the US circuit at the Ohio venue.
Morikawa, pictured, birdied two of the last five holes as he closed with a six-under-par 66 to finish with a 19-under 269 total.
Thomas, who started the day with a two-shot lead before quickly falling two behind, had victory in his grasp after following a birdie at the 14th with an eagle-3 at the next hole.
But the 2017 US PGA champion dropped shots at both the 16th and 18th, where he was unable to convert a 12-footer for victory, to finish on the same mark as Morikawa after signing off with a 72.
Thomas, who was bidding to land his 13th win on the circuit, then holed a monster 50-foot birdie putt at the first hole only for Morikawa to follow him in from 24 feet.
Playing the 18th hole again, Thomas missed a similar putt to the one he’d had to win it in regulation play before seeing his tee shot at the third play-off hole finish behind a tree.
“I’m excited right now. I’m so happy,” said Morikawa after a par-4 proved good enough to clinch it. “Justin was fighting all day after starting bogey-bogey and I just wanted to give myself a chance down the stretch.”
Norwegian Viktor Hovland, another of the tour’s rising stars, closed with a 71 to finish four shots behind in third, with Englishman Ian Poulter sharing fifth on 12-under following a 70.
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