Collin Morikawa and Rory McIlroy are forever linked in Masters Tournament history, thanks to consecutive 18-hole holes in the final round of the 2022 event.
McIlroy’s bird won the 64th final and took a solo second. Morikawa closed in with a score of 67 to finish fifth on his own.
In the moments before he swings his wedge across the white sands of Augusta National, Morikawa said he felt that rare confidence.
“I have shots like that where I think they’re going to. Like 18 in Augusta, like when I walked in, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s going to be really good,'” he told RBC Heritage on Wednesday before 2022 RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. You only have a handful of it. In three years I’ve only had a few of those shots. They came at good times.”
It was another great time two years ago in the PGA Championship, where he won his first two majors. During the last round, he took the lead outright when he hid from 40 feet on the 14th hole for a bird.
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Looking back, Morikawa says that was another one of those times when he knew something good was going to happen.
“This person, I walked up to JJ and was like, ‘This person is entering,’” he said of the JJ Yakovac can. “And you can’t, say, you can’t force yourself to do that, you can try to convince yourself, but it’s a different feeling, it Like a gut feeling.”
His end in the 2022 Masters Championship gives him Top 5 in all four majors. When the official golf world rankings were updated on Monday morning, he found himself second behind Masters champion Scotty Scheffler. (Morikawa is 12th in the Golfweek/Sagarin rating, which was also updated on Monday.) It also ranks seventh on the money list with $3,502,546 so far this season.
This week, he’s one of five top 10 players on RBC’s field, joining 5th seed Cameron Smith, 6th seed Patrick Cantlay, 8th seed Justin Thomas and 9th Dustin Johnson.
From Augusta to Hilton Head, it’s time to get back into the competition.
“After a major, you are always drained. When you win, you become even more drained. And to continue it next week, it takes a lot from you, doesn’t it?” to the winner’s circle. Seeing what Scotty’s been doing over the last couple of months, it’s really cool to watch, but I want to be there as well and I feel like I can, if I can put together some good rounds I hope we can tease something. “
A year ago, Morikawa played in the final set with RBC Ultimate Champion Stuart Sink. Morikawa ended up with a tie for seventh. It was the T-64 of 2020, and it was his only other appearance at the event.
“We’re looking for that little spark and this is a course that I’ve loved for the past two years that I’ve come to play and I think it fits my game.” He said. “Hopefully we can put together four really strong rounds and be there on Sunday.
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