“It’s a lie to rest” Morikawa swallows the regret of missing the cut and hunts for the championship

“Did you say you were off on Saturdays? That was a lie.”

Colin Morikawa (USA) takes the 1st round of the PGA Tour Players Championship (total prize money of $25 million) held at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course (par 72) in Font Vedra Beach, Florida, USA on the 10th (Korean time) , recording 7 under par 65 strokes with 1 eagle and 5 birdies, and placed in second place alone by one stroke from the leader.

The overall performance was outstanding. The green hit rate reached 83.33%, and the number of strokes gained by approaching the green was 3.812, ranking first on the day. The number of strokes gained from the tee shot to the green also ranked first with 6.58 strokes, and the overall number of strokes gained was ranked second with 7.412 strokes. 27 putts. 바카라

Morikawa, who started from the 10th hole, made consecutive birdies on the 15th and 16th holes, and started to reduce the number of strokes in earnest in the second half. After adding a birdie on the first hole (par 4), he caught an eagle on the second hole (par 5). Placing his tee shot on the left fairway, he attacked the green with 235 yards remaining. 

The ball that landed on the front of the green rolled and stopped about 1m away from the hole, and Morikawa happily connected it with an eagle. It was the moment when Morikawa’s sharp iron shot shined. Afterwards, Morikawa, who added birdies on holes 4 (par 4) and 6 (par 4), finished the tournament in second place alone.

If Morikawa wins this tournament, it will be his 6th win on the PGA Tour. Since reaching the top at the Open in July 2021, he has not been able to reach the top for about a year and a half.

Morikawa, who showed an excellent shot feeling in the first round of the Players Championship, which is called the ‘fifth major tournament’, has fluctuated recently. After missing the cut at the WM Phoenix Open, he tied for 6th at the Genesis Invitational, but missed the cut again at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. I have a painful memory of missing the cut in this tournament last year.

“I’d say what I discovered earlier this week is that my swing hasn’t looked this good since 2019,” Morikawa said. said.

He said he would take Saturday off after missing the Arnold Palmer Invitational cut, but he went to the TPC Sawgrass driving range with a club. He practiced more than usual to find a swing feel. On the morning before the competition, he practiced his shot in the wind at the back of the range.

Morikawa said, “I will play as before throughout 2023. I am trying to enjoy it,” and promised, “There is a reason for doing well. I will not dwell on the past.”

Meanwhile, among Korean players, Kim Si-woo (28) tied for 12th with a 3-under-par 69, and Ahn Byeong-hun (32) tied for 32nd with a 1-under par. Kim Joo-hyung (21) and Lim Seong-jae (25) bowed their heads with 2-over par and 3-over par, respectively.

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