Morikawa’s 2017 Northeast Amateur Win: A Look Back

Collin Morikawa won the 2020 PGA Championship by two shots over Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey on Sunday evening at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

But just three years ago, 2017, Morikawa, than a superstar golfer at Cal-Berkeley, was in Rhode Island to compete at the Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett Country Club.

Morikawa would win the Northeast Amateur in 2017, shooting a four-round total of 265 (11-under par). 

“Winning the Northeast Amateur is an honor. The history and past players in this tournament have extended to all great players and to be a part of their history is exciting. My name will forever be there as the Northeastern Amateur champion. I’m excited for what’s next to come,” Morikawa said at the time. 

The Northeast Amateur ranks Morikawa’s 2017 performance as the fourth best in tournament history. 

A Look Back 

If you remember, the final round of that Northeast Amateur was plagued by severe rain in the area. 

Because of that, Morikawa started the final round nearly three hours behind his originally scheduled tee time with a one-stroke lead over Doug Ghim. 

Morikawa increased his lead to three strokes over Ghim on the first hole when he birdied and Ghim bogeyed. 

Morikawa’s lead shrank to two strokes after he bogeyed the fourth, but Ghim’s second bogey of the round on the fifth returned the margin to three strokes and a Morikawa birdie on the seventh made his lead over Ghim four shots with 11 holes to go. 

Ghim would cut Morikawa’s lead to a single stroke after a Morikawa bogey on the eighth and his own birdies on the 10th and 13th. 

But a Ghim bogey on the par-three 15th would make Morikawa’s lead two again before both players bogeyed the par-four 16th hole. 

Morikawa bounced back with pars on the par-five 17th and par-four 18th to make it nine pars on his last 10 holes and seal the win.

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