“It’s the Best”: Collin Morikawa on Having Authentic Japanese Cuisine While at the Zozo Championship

Published 10/20/2021, 11:20 PM EDT
Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 16, 2021 Collin Morikawa of the U.S. in action on the green during the second round REUTERS/Paul Childs


As the Zozo Championship returns to Japan this month, Collin Morikawa has emerged as a favorite to triumph. He finished right behind Rory McIlroy at the CJ Cup, giving fans hope that he will prevail at the Zozo Championship. Notably, this event will be a little special for Morikawa, who will play in front of the Japanese fans once again after an audience-less Tokyo Olympics.

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Always excited to go back and play there, Morikawa will be in Japan for the fifth time since 2016. That being said, the World No. 3 was recently asked about Japanese cuisine and his preferences while visiting. Let’s take a detailed look at Morikawa’s answer.

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Collin Morikawa on his Japanese cuisine preferences

While most people can enjoy global cuisines all over the world, eating some authentic food right from the country it originated from is always unique. Like others, Morikawa too has some preferences about food in Japan. “Sushi. Udon. You know, everything. Everything out here is just, I think it’s the best,” he said.

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Morikawa is excited to see fans back in Japan

Playing in Japan after the Olympics, a major change on the course would be the fans. “I’ve pretty much come back once a year almost and it’s just getting better and better,” Morikawa said. “These are some of the best fans. I was here earlier for the Olympics and we didn’t have anyone and it just felt dull.”

Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 18, 2021 Collin Morikawa of the U.S. with the Claret Jug during a press conference after winning The 149th Open Championship R&A/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

According to Morikawa, it was a different feeling, even though they were out there and knew they were playing the Olympics. Undoubtedly, their presence always adds to the heroics of players, particularly Morikawa.

Speaking of the same, he looked back at his first-ever tee shot in Japan, where fans were on stools and lined up to watch him play. “They would cheer for you walking to tee boxes, hitting every tee shot whether it’s good or bad.”

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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

Where will Morikawa play next?

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Additionally, Morikawa also wants his game to travel, which is why he plays on the European Tour. “You’ve got to adjust and you’ve got to get your body right and I think that’s just what it is to be a professional golfer,” he added, stating that one learns how to get ready and play every week.

After Japan, players will head to Dubai for the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

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Devika Pawar is a Golf and NBA writer at Essentially Sports. A psychology graduate from KJ Somaiya, Devika has an experience with sportswriting at Republic World for around two years now. She loves NBA a little too much, and is a dedicated Golden State Warriors fan.

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