Collin Morikawa Matches an American OWGR Record Held by Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth

Published 10/25/2021, 1:54 PM EDT
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/Paul Childs


Collin Morikawa has taken the world by storm with his outstanding performance. Only 24, he already boasts of five PGA tour wins, of which two are major titles. All of his hard work has led to this moment as Morikawa is finally the world number 2!

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Since he turned professional in 2019, there has never been a dull moment in his career. Only six appearances later, Morikawa had clinched his first title at the Barracuda Championship. Moreover, he made 22 consecutive cuts following his appearance on the PGA Tour, second only to Tiger Woods’ 25. And since then, his career has only been on an upward trajectory.

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Collin Morikawa Snags 2nd spot on OWGR rankings

Morikawa finished T-7 in the recently concluded Zozo Championship in Japan. He played a couple of impressive rounds to finish 5-under par and shared this position on the leaderboard with seven others.

Following this top-10 finish and his second place at the CJ Cup, he successfully garnered enough points to climb over Dustin Johnson to bag the spot one shy of the highest rank.

Interestingly, a user on Twitter put together some details and as a result, we have a pretty mind-blowing fact. They said,At only 24 years of age, @collin_morikawa is the new #2 in the world rankings and the top-ranked US player! Among US players, only Tiger and Jordan reached #2 in the world at a younger age.”

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Tiger Woods, in fact, won his first major at only 21 years of age. 2 months after this win, he set the record for the fastest ascent to the number 1 ranking. Jordan Spieth, too, achieved this feat really quickly and became world No.1 when he was just 22 years old.

May 21, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Collin Morikawa hits from the seventh tee during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Morikawa overtook Dustin Johnson, former world number one. The first-place credits still belong to Jon Rahm, who has been in this position for almost 22 weeks! Another shuffle took place where Tony Finau ousted Brooks Koepka of the top-10. And just last week, Rory McIlroy had broken into the top-10 yet again, after a fabulous win at the CJ Cup.

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If he continues with his same consistent performance, Collin Morikawa is sure to script history. What do you think?

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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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