Collin Morikawa Owns Up to an Unfortunate Incident From the 2021 ZOZO Championship

Published 10/28/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
Jun 3, 2021; Dublin, Ohio, USA; Collin Morikawa on the 9th hole during the first round of the Memorial Tournament golf tourney. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports


Collin Morikawa is one of the most promising rising stars in the golf world. His top class game, absurdly incredible technique, and consistency have helped him secure a permanent name for himself. However, even someone as gifted and talented as Morikawa can make a mistake.

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Recently, Collin Morikawa had a very relatable moment at The Zozo Championship that was held in Japan over the previous weekend. At the event, Morikawa finished T-7, with a respectable score of 5-under par.

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Meanwhile, local favourite Hideki Matsuyama snagged the title, his first in front his home-crowd. He topped the leaderboard with an enormous 5 stroke leader over the two runners-up. However, during the tournament, Morikawa did something he had never done before. Let’s see what went down on the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club.

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Collin Morikawa shanks a shot: a first for him

On Saturday, the best ball striker in the world had an embarrassing moment. Really relatable and normal for us, but a pretty big deal for a PGA tour professional. On the third round on the par-5 sixth hole, Morikawa shanked a shot.

Later, he said with a laugh, “Well, I did something in my career that I haven’t done yet, was shank a shot. I don’t think many people know this. I was in the middle of the fairway on 6, the par 5.”

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He also said, “Yeah, shanked a pitching wedge straight in the trees. So really good way to start the day after being 1 under through five.”

However, there are going to be many more firsts in his young career. And this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a poor shot by a professional. In line with this, many golfers turned to support Morikawa. Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, and even girlfriend Katherine Zhu sent consolatory messages to him to make light of the situation.

Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 16, 2021 Collin Morikawa of the U.S. on the green during the second round REUTERS/Paul Childs

On the contrary, the 24-year-old witnessed a great moment during the week. He jumped over Dustin Johnson in the OWGR rankings to secure his highest ever world rank 2. This is a great feat for the youngster who turned professional in 2019.

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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