Collin Morikawa Reveals Final Round Game Plan Against Stewart Cink at RBC Heritage 2021

Published 04/18/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Apr 17, 2021; Hilton Head, South Carolina, USA; Collin Morikawa inspects the green on the third hole during the third round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports


The RBC Heritage 2021 is headed for an exciting finish. The Harbour Town Golf Links has witnessed some great golf being played over three days, and the final round will conclude the prestigious tournament. Stewart Cink leads by five strokes heading into Sunday, but Collin Morikawa has a plan to stop him. 

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Cink has been phenomenal ever since the beginning of RBC Heritage 2021. The veteran golfer displayed tremendous consistency through three rounds to end up as the 54-hole leader. However, the final round jitters will spare no one, and second-placed Collin Morikawa is aware of the fact. 

Morikawa made an improvement from his second-round performance and shot a 4-under 67 in Round 3. This score helped him gain spots on the leaderboard and the 2020 PGA Championship winner is now placed second, trailing Cink by five strokes. 

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“A lot of low scores out there, and on a course like this you’ve got to make birdies or else you’re going backwards. Thankful to get three in a row and give myself at least somewhat of a shot come tomorrow,” Morikawa mentioned. 

Collin Morikawa looking to gain an early advantage over Stewart Cink in the final round

The best part about the final round at RBC Heritage is that Stewart Cink and Collin Morikawa have been paired together. The duo will tee off at 2:10 PM, and this duel is a must-watch for golf fans! Watching Morikawa and Cink compete for the title will indeed be worthwhile. 

Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 10, 2021 Collin Morikawa of the U.S. hits his tee shot on the 4th hole during the third round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

As things stand, Morikawa (-13), is five strokes behind Cink (-18). The 24-year-old is aware that he needs to put up a clinical performance in the final round to stand any chance of winning RBC Heritage 2021. 

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“Oh, I’ve got to put some pressure on him at the beginning. If I go out and shoot even par like I did on the front nine today, it’s not going to get the job done no matter how many birdies I make on the back. I’m going to probably need a little help from him, but knowing that this is a course where you can see — we’ve seen 9-, 8-, 7-unders, I’m going to have to do that,” Morikawa briefed on his game plan. 

Collin Morikawa made five birdies in Round 3, but he needs to increase that number in the final round to stand a real chance of winning the tournament. Can he deliver when it matters? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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