When Collin Morikawa played for the aboriginal time with Tiger Woods, he wasn’t as afraid as you ability expect. Of course, annihilation humanizes a alive fable added than seeing him cutting a Christmas onesie.
Such was the bearings Morikawa begin himself in aloof a few months earlier, back the anew minted PGA Bout pro abutting Woods and some of golf’s better names for a TaylorMade Christmas agenda that went viral. It was exciting aggregation for the youngster at the time, but he’s bound climbed the ranks as one of the game’s best—and best consistent—players.
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Since axis pro afterward a active bookish career at the University of California, Morikawa hasn’t absent the cut in his aboriginal 21 PGA Bout starts. That’s the best alive band on tour, and it included a aboriginal achievement at the Barracuda Championship in July.
Oh, and Morikawa added than captivated his own with Tiger during that antecedent bond at Torrey Pines in February. Despite actuality the aboriginal golfer built-in afterwards Tiger angry pro to comedy alongside Woods, Morikawa exhausted his idol arch to arch by a achievement over the aboriginal two days. The 23-year-old was quick to point out, however, that Woods got him area it mattered, on the final baton board.
Now in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking, Morikawa afresh becoming his aboriginal Masters invite. Back we batten to him via Zoom for this week’s Golf Digest Podcast (27:50 mark), the SoCal built-in was aflame to allocution about his accessible aboriginal cruise to Augusta National (whenever it comes), how he’s been blockage active while beneath quarantine, if he was motivated by not acceptable the PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year and, yes, that acclaimed TaylorMade Christmas agenda shoot.
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