The 2020 PGA Championship is that the 102nd playing of the tournament, which first started in 1916. Collin Morikawa wins his first major championship on Sunday, delivering a magical eagle on the 16th hole during a bogey-free round of 64 at the 2020 PGA Championship.
While this PGA Championship is going to be the start line for several, remember that Morikawa really solidified himself as one of the stars of 2020 when he beat out Justin Thomas during a playoff at Muirfield Village within the Workday Charity Open.
The 23-year-old American, who turned pro just 14 months ago, did the unthinkable by winning in only his second career major appearance. Morikawa, who is ranked 12th within the world, eventually finished at 13-under 267 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
With the victory, Morikawa joins Nicklaus (1963), Tiger Woods (1999) and Rory McIlroy (2012) as Wanamaker Trophy holders at age 23. He’s the third-youngest player to win the PGA Championship within the stroke-play era and furthermore the ninth golfer to win the event in his debut.
Without further ado let’s take a look at all the rounds in detail. The historical edition of the PGA Championship golf tournament held from Aug 06 to Aug 10, 2020.
Bryson DeChambeau broke his driver and subsequently cruised into dispute by smashing the field in driving distance, Tiger Woods worked his approach to within a couple of strokes of the lead, and three of the world’s main five positioned golf players – including world No. 1 Justin Thomas – completed the first 18 holes of the tournament better than expected.
Jason Day (-5)
Jason Day is definitely a known commodity for golf fans. He is a former PGA Championship winner and in 2016 he came to No. 1 within the world.
After 2016 he hasn’t seriously contended during a major and he’s fallen all the way to 42nd in the world rankings as he’s battled back issues in recent years. But, there he was top on the leaderboard after the finished of the round 1 with a bogey-free 5-under 65. Just Brendon Todd tied to go along with him in the No. 1 spot.
Brendon Todd (-5)
While Todd’s 65 wasn’t as tidy as that of Day — he carded two bogeys on his opening nine — he managed to string together a 3-under-par, bogey-free last nine to get him into the tie on the leaderboard. Todd was far away from the favorite entering this event, however, the 35-year-old has twice won a title this season at the Bermuda Championship and at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Todd is a powerful golfer, but he’s a wizard with the putter, which kept him within the mix round 1 by gaining 3.161 strokes on the sector putting.
Brooks Koepka (-4)
Coming off a T2 finish at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational a week ago, Koepka, the consecutive PGA Championship winner (2018- 2019) – regrouped in Memphis. He crushed off the tees and demonstrated good patience, control together with his irons, completing his round with six birdies and utilizing his length for his advantage.
The second round of the 2020 PGA Championship was a rollercoaster that left us with a major shakeup at the highest of the leaderboard.
Haotong Li (-8)
Chinese golfer Haotong Li posted a furious 5-under 65 in Round twos of the PGA Championship to get ahead by two shots halfway through Friday. The 25-year-old made three birdies in his first five holes on the way to a bogey-free performance at TPC Harding Park.
Shockingly, Li just hit four of 14 fairways during his round. His 65 ties for the lowest major round within the last 20 years by somebody who hit four or fewer fairways. China’s top-ranked golfer (No. 114 within the world) is trying to find his best major completion since setting third at the 2017 Open Championship.
Brooks Koepka (-6)
There was a second-round when a trainer plopped Koepka flat on his back in the center of the rough and worked his left leg as Koepka, who has managed a lingering knee injury, gave some discomfort. But if it had been bothering him to an extreme, he didn’t play like it.
Koepka fired a 2-under 68 entering the weekend and birdied his final hole to make sure he’ll do so with a pep in his step. He’s only focused to create history after winning the 3rd major in a row.
Tommy Fleetwood (-6)
Tommy Fleetwood’s 6-under 64 tied for the simplest round of the week with Cameron Champ both in Round 2. Fleetwood jumped 46 spots on the leaderboard. He drove it well Friday rather than Thursday- where he hit only half of his fairways off the tee. Fleetwood also tidied up pleasantly on the greens. “I think I drove it truly well,” said Fleetwood. “Put it within the fairway around here and it makes a huge, massive difference.”
Dustin Johnson (-9)
Dustin Johnson bogeyed the 6th hole and double-bogeyed the 9th. He played the remainder of the holes 8-under on his way to a 5-under 65, a 9-under total and a one-shot lead over Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Champ. Johnson was best on the back nine. He birdied the tenth, fourteenth, fifteenth, and seventeenth. Johnson is going to be seeking his second major, following his win at the 2016 U.S. Open.
Scottie Scheffler, Cameron Champ (- 8):
Scottie Scheffler and Champ represent the closest thing we’ve to a dark horse during this heavyweight battle, as even Morikawa has become a setup name with his success after the layoff and therefore the narrative of his made cuts streak.
Champ has the PGA Tour success to his name which may put him a cycle ahead within the maturation process, however, Scheffler has not let his inexperience as a professional impact his comfort at TPC Harding Park. Scottie Scheffler says the course accommodates his style, and after shooting a 66 on round 1 and a 65 on round 3, he needs to be considered a threat to crash the party on the final day.
Collin Morikawa (-13)
A most deserved victor after a final-day 64! That drive on 16 to line up eagle are going to be replayed for quite a long time to come. As may the trophy lift, but everybody cherishes a blooper, and Morikawa enjoyed it himself. He’s a special talent. Ooh wow! That’s big!” He lifts it above his head … and the lid comes crashing off. Smiles all round. Collin Morikawa played such a great game on the last day and wins the major Grand Slam as well as a bank over $1,980,000.
Paul Casey – Dustin Johnson (-11)
Casey was tied for the lead for much of the back nine at TPC Harding Park during a thrilling conclusion to the first major in over a year, but he would need to accept a share of second place with Dustin Johnson after Collin Morikawa’s brilliance down the stretch swept him to a two-shot victory in just his second major appearance. Casey and Dustin Johnson both received $968,000.
Several other courses will switch off hosting the PGA Championship after TPC Harding Park takes its turn. Here are the locations of the next four tournaments.
2021 Kiawah Island Golf Resort Kiawah Island, S.C.
2022 Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, N.J.
2023 Oak Hill Country Club Pittsford, N.Y.
2024 Valhalla Golf Club Louisville, Ky.