‘He Wants To Beat Us So Bad’: Collin Morikawa on His Relationship With Tiger Woods and His Competitiveness

Published 07/12/2022, 7:30 AM EDT
LA JOLLA, CA – JANUARY 24: Collin Morikawa and Tiger Woods joke as they walk up the 4th hole on the South Course during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course on January 24, 2020. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Almost every golfer, professional or amateur, idolizes Tiger Woods since he is widely considered the greatest of all time. And the 2-time major winning champion, Collin Morikawa, was no different. 

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In his press meet before the 2022 Open Championship, Morikawa revealed how his relationship with his idol is now. Furthermore, he also revealed how competitive the 15-time major champion is with his fellow golfers! 

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“I am gonna call it friendship. He can call it whatever he wants,” the 25-year-old golfer explained his relationship with the legendary golfer. Additionally, he added, “the friendship we have it has gone past the ‘I am in awe, I’m in shock,’ to you know, now you can joke around.” 

According to the defending champion of the Open Championship, he can contact his idol whenever he wants help with anything. “I have never done it. I am actually scared to.” Morikawa‘s sudden revelation got a sudden laugh from the reporters. 

Collin Morikawa is a fanboy of Tiger Woods!

Although he is just 25, Collin Morikawa is the no. 8 golfer in the world, according to the OWGR standings. Turned professional in 2019, he has won 5 titles on the PGA Tour, including 2 majors and a World Golf Championship. 

Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 18, 2021, Collin Morikawa of the U.S. celebrates with the Claret Jug after winning The Open Championship REUTERS/Rebecca Naden

As a matter of fact, Woods and Morikawa are the only golfers who have won a major and a WGC before turning 25. Although he has achieved all these feats, Morikawa still looks up to the 82-time PGA Tour title champion. 

“It’s the coolest thing,” the young golfer said in the press meet. He further added, “He’s someone that you never thought… maybe thought you get to talk to him and play with him once.” Morikawa expressed how unbelievable it is for him to talk to him during competitions or otherwise. 

Is Woods still competitive? 

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Tiger Woods has been playing golf professionally for almost 26 years. He has won 100+ titles worldwide, including 15 majors and 18 WGCs. While Woods had a successful career, he had it hard, considering all the injuries he suffered and is still suffering because of the sport and the recent car accident. 

Yet, Morikawa thinks that his idol is still competitive to win another title. “All the love that you guys give him, he wants to beat us so bad,” he revealed in the press meet. “He’s such a competitor. That’s what’s awesome about him,” he further added. 

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Like Morikawa, Woods is also a part of the 150th Open Championship. Who are you rooting for this time to win the Claret Jug? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anjana Prabhakaran

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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.

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