Cal Golf: One Week Later, Muirfield Takes Revenge on Collin Morikawa
This was the same Muirfield Village course that Collin Morikawa dominated just a week ago?
In fact, what Morikawa and others on the PGA tour faced this week at the Memorial tournament was a Muirfield layout that was significantly altered from last week, when the 23-year-old Cal grad won the Workday Charity Open on the same course.
On Sunday, Morikawa closed out the week with a 77 to wind up in a tie for 48th place.
Just a month into his second year as a professional, Morikawa no doubt was impacted by faster greens, deeper roughs and different pin placements on the course built for Jack Nicklaus. Reports indicate that golfers also were challenged more often by the wind.
Muirfield was intended to be tougher for the field at the Memorial, and clearly it was.
A week ago, Morikawa and Justin Thomas finished four rounds at 19 under par before Morikawa claimed victory on the third playoff hole.
Jon Rahm, a 25-year-old native of Spain by way of Arizona State, prevailed this week despite shooting a 75 on Sunday. His 72-hole score of 279 is 10 strokes worse than the winning total from just one week earlier on the same course.
Rahm, who is due to move to No. 1 in the world rankings this week, took home $1,674,000.
Obviously, Morikawa simply didn’t play as well a week later, and that can happen. His four-day score was 27 strokes worse than at the Workday.
His payday was also a substantial drop — from $1.1 million last week to $23,839.
The final round was a microcosm of the kind of inconsistent scoring that plagued Morikawa all week. On the back nine alone, he had an eagle, two bogeys and two double-bogeys.
Here is Morikawa’s four-day breakdown from each of the past two weeks:
This week: The Memorial
1st round: 2 birdies, 2 bogeys, 2 doubles = 76
2nd round: 4 birdies, 2 bogeys = 70
3rd round: 2 birdies, 3 bogeys = 73
4th round: 1 birdie, 1 eagle, 2 bogeys, 2 double-bogeys = 77
Totals: 9 birdies, 1 eagle, 9 bogeys, 4 double-bogeys = 8-over 296
Last week: Workday Charity Open
1st round: 6 birdies, 1 eagle, 1 bogey = 65
2nd round: 9 birdies, 3 bogeys = 66
3rd round: 4 birdies, 4 bogeys = 72
4th round: 5 birdies, 1 eagle, 1 bogey = 66 (then won in playoff)
Totals: 24 birdies, 2 eagles, 9 bogeys, 0 double-bogeys = 19-under 269
A glance at his totals for each week shows several interesting trends, starting with the fact that he had the same number of bogeys (9) each week.
But his extremes contrasted greatly from one week to the next.
Four double-bogeys this week after none a week earlier.
And just nine birdies at the Memorial after 24 of them on the way to winning the Workday event.
As we said, Morikawa wasn’t the only golfer affected by the tougher conditions at Muirfield this week. Tiger Woods shot a 76 on Sunday and finished tied for 40th place, and Phil Mickelson had a final-round 78 and tied for 54th.
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