Zozo Championship: Collin Morikawa cards final-round 63 to claim victory in Japan

Collin Morikawa won The Open in 2021 and the PGA Championship in 2020
-14 C Morikawa (US); -8 E Cole (US), B Hossler (US); -7 R Ishikawa (Jpan), R Shelton (US)
Selected others:-5 E Grillo (Arg); E H Hall (Eng), A Rai (Eng)
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Collin Morikawa won the Zozo Championship in Japan to claim his first title in nearly two years.

The American, a two-time major winner, started the final day two shots off the lead but carded a seven-under-par 63 to secure victory by six shots.

Morikawa finished on 14 under, with compatriots Eric Cole and Beau Hossler runners-up on eight under.

The title is Morikawa’s first since the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai in November 2021.

“It’s meant the world,” said Morikawa, whose final round included seven birdies and no bogeys.

“Having this two-year drought, just struggling at times, not really contending, to do what I did through this entire week – that’s the golf I miss playing.

“Weeks like this, you just have to capitalise and you just can’t let things go. It just felt so good on Thursday.

“I knew if I didn’t get ahead of myself and stayed patient that it would hopefully come together.

“This will be a huge bouncing board for me to move forward into 2024 and to, hopefully, start the year on a great note.”

He added: “Winning means the world but winning in Japan, being half Japanese and my last name being Morikawa, it’s so special.”

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