A little bit over a yr later, in August 2020, he was golf’s fifth highest-ranked participant.His shock victory that month on the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco — ending two pictures forward of Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey in solely his second main outing — catapulted him to the highest of the sport and into mainstream recognition.
Morikawa, who admits the victory on the PGA was “very life-changing,” is adamant the celebrity that has include it will not “change who I’m.”
“A variety of alternatives are given to you, much more sponsorships, individuals being conscious of who you’re,” he instructed CNN’s Residing Golf’s Shane O’Donoghue.
“I really feel like I am nonetheless the identical 23-year-old child that you just guys name me. I’ve acquired a smile on my face, and I like meals, and I hope that is me for the remainder of my life.”
Whereas many gamers might need been sated by that victory, that isn’t the case for Morikawa.
“It did not really feel like I checked that field off of successful a significant championship and I am glad with the remainder of my profession. It simply made me need extra,” he mentioned.
“Now, whether or not I am at a significant championship or a daily occasion, European Tour occasion, no matter it is perhaps, I would like that successful feeling as a result of once you win, it is only a feeling that you may’t describe, particularly in golf, with us actually dropping greater than we win.”
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A worldwide participant
Having initially damaged onto the scene within the US with victories on the PGA Tour, Morikawa is now trying to take his recreation across the globe.
“In the event you take a look at the historical past of golf, there’s numerous international gamers and people are those which might be well-known,” he defined.
“It speaks quite a bit to their personalities as an individual, but it surely additionally speaks quite a bit about their video games. They’re in a position to modify. That is all about golf, adjusting to what we’re given forward of us.”
On the European Tour, Morikawa completed fifth within the 2020 Race to Dubai and might be touring again to the emirate this month as one of many headliners for the OMEGA Dubai Desert Basic, which is about to begin on January 28.
Taking to the course alongside 2017 winner Sergio Garcia and European Ryder Cup heroes Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose and Tyrrell Hatton, the Californian’s abilities might be put to the take a look at on the Emirates Golf Membership.
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“My whole life, it is all the time been about consistency. I’ve mentioned that since day one, I believed in myself that I might do it, however I’ve solely examined myself out actually within the US on the PGA Tour,” he mentioned.
“And what higher option to come out right here on the European Tour, the Race to Dubai, and actually make an announcement for myself to point out that my recreation travels. On the finish of my profession, I need to look again and be capable to say that it does.”