SAN FRANCISCO – Collin Morikawa pulled off one of the best shots at a major tournament despite the low number of witnesses and won the PGA Championship on Sunday.
In the first major tournament held without spectators, Morikawa found a way to leave his mark with an eagle on the 16th hole.
He was part of a group of seven golfers tied for first on the return nine from the Harding Park course. Morikawa first took the lead after stalling a 40-foot approach to the 14th pennant.
The 23-year-old then took a long tee shot on the par-4 on the 16th hole and stopped his ball seven feet from the cup.
Morikawa scored an eagle and he distanced himself from his opponents. Morikawa handed in a 64 (under-6) card, which is the lowest final round for the PGA Championship winner in 25 years.
A year ago, Morikawa completed his bachelor’s degree at California University. He now has three wins on the PGA Tour, including one in a major tournament, having the best at the expense of some very good world-class golfers.
Dustin Johnson was unable to establish his pace and he played 68. Johnson shared second place with Paul Casey (66), two strokes behind the champion. Morikawa concluded the event with a cumulative score of under-13.
Five golfers finished tied for fourth, minus-10.
The two-time defending tournament champion Brooks Koepka had a tough final round. He made six bogeys to bring back a card of 74. Koepka slipped to 29th place, minus-3.
Tiger Woods was very far from the leaders even before starting his day. Woods completed the course in 67 strokes and he was able to climb to tie for 37th, at minus-1.
Canadians Adam Hadwin (73) and Mackenzie Hughes (72) tied for 58th, plus-2.
The Associated Press