Collin Morikawa won his second PGA Tour title on just his 23rd start on Sunday night, denying Justin Thomas in a dramatic play-off at the Workday Charity Open.
Three shots down with three to play, Morikawa, the 23-year-old from Los Angeles, clawed back the world No 5 to take the event at Muirfield Village, Ohio into extra holes, with the pair finishing on 19-under after a 66 and 69 respectively.
But when Thomas, the 12-time Tour winner, holed a 50-footer for a birdie on the first extra hole, it seemed as if Morikawa was about to suffer the same fate as at last month’s Charles Schwab Challenge, where he lost in sudden death to countryman Daniel Berger.
However, Morikawa nervelessly holed from 25 feet to extend the play-off and, on the third play-off hole, Thomas’ bogey handed Morikawa the winning cheque of $1.16m (£880,000) and a place in the rankings above none other than Tiger Woods as the new world No 13.
Morikawa missed his first cut as a pro in Connecticut two weeks ago, but showed his competitive spirit to bounce back in emphatic style and, if anyone remains unconvinced, consider that he is the first player since Woods in 1996 to win twice on the PGA Tour before missing two cuts.
In third, four shots off the leaders on 15-under, came Norwegian Viktor Hovland, while England’s Ian Poulter recorded his first top five in 17 months when shooting a 70 for a 12-under total.
At the co-sanctioned Austrian Open, meanwhile, Scotland’s Marc Warren won his first title in six years. The 39-year-old re-secured his European Tour card courtesy of a final-round 70 for a 13-under total and a one-shot win over German’s Marcel Schneider at the Diamond Country Club near Vienna.