Just another workday for playoff kidSports | REUTERS 14 Jul 2020
Collin Morikawa narrowly avoided another playoff heartbreak, defeating Justin Thomas in a tightly contested showdown at the Workday Charity Open in Ohio.
The 23-year-old, who suffered a playoff loss at the Charles Schwab Challenge last month, hung on to claim his second PGA Tour win in just 24 starts after his fellow American Thomas bogeyed the 16th and 18th holes at Muirfield to send the pair into extra play.
"Justin wasn't going to give it to me. He was fighting through the entire day," said Morikawa.
Tied at 19-under-par 269 after four rounds, the pair put on a putting masterclass on the first playoff hole for birdies, with Thomas sinking a putt from more than 50 feet.
But Thomas missed the fairway on the third playoff hole and got stuck behind a tree, and it was Morikawa who kept his nerve for the win.
"Those three holes were a grind, obviously Justin making that birdie putt on that first playoff hole, I had to make it, or else we go home again," said Morikawa. "Two playoffs now, and finally got one done."
It was a bitter loss for third-round leader Thomas, who had gone bogey-free through 54 holes.