Morikawa wins Western Junior by 5 shots
Friday, June 21, 2013
Collin Morikawa made his first appearance in the Western Junior this week at Meridian Hills Country Club in Indianapolis.
He also recorded his first Western Junior victory, posting all four rounds in the 60s en route to a five-shot victory over Dylan Meyer of Evansville, Ind. The La Canada Flintridge, Calif., native shot 69-67-68-67 for a 13-under 271 total.
That's the lowest 72-hole score recorded at the Western Junior since Hunter Mahan totaled 266 in his 1999 triumph.
“It was my first time ever in the Western Junior Championship, and it’s amazing to come out here and win,” Morikawa said. “I think I played amazing golf. I played solid throughout the whole week and minimized my errors, which is something I try to do at all of my tournaments.”
Morikawa began his final-round with a four-shot advantage over the field. He made eight straight pars before stringing together four birdies on Nos. 9-12.
“I’ve never had a lead this big in a tournament this big, but you just calm yourself down and you just play golf,” Morikawa said.
“Those four birdies in a row just shot something into me. I just played consistent throughout and only had one bogey on the day. It was nice.”
Finishing third at 6 under was Zachary Olsen, the 2012 winner of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. Sam Burns, a Shreveport, La., native who had his mother on the bag this week, was fourth at 4 under. Last year's U.S. Open participant Andy Zhang, Jonah Teixeira, Theo Humphrey and Zecheng Dou tied for fifth at 3 under.