Morikawa – The Desert King!
Hail to the King of the Desert! Collin Morikawa came, saw and conquered the field to lift two big wins in Dubai.
Just 24 years of age and only two and half years as a professional, the young superstar won the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship and also the coveted Race to Dubai, the first American to win this title.
For his world-beating performance, Morikawa had a US$3 million payday for the DP World Tour Championship and a US$1 million bonus for the Race to Dubai. In total, his take-home was US$4 million – what a pre-Christmas harvest! He was also declared the European Tour’s Number One player!
Morikawa has set a scorching pace this year with a massive win at the British Open which followed his first Major win at the PGA Championship in 2020.
He shot a total 17-under par at the DP World Tour Championship to win by three shots. Defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick carded 66 and finished tied for second with Sweden’s Alexander Bjork.
“It’s an honour to be the first American to do that [win the Race to Dubai] on the European Tour, to put my name against many greats, hall of famers — it’s special,” declared an elated Morikawa.
Success has come to Morikawa after a lot of hard work during which time he laid the foundation for his success with a stellar amateur career that saw him claim numerous titles, taking collegiate wins while studying at the University of California, Berkeley.
He reached Number One in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and played on victorious Walker and Palmer Cup teams before joining the paid ranks in 2019.