Collin Morikawa is technically coming off the worst season of his profession along with his irons, however not all slumps are created equally.
The 2-time main champion ranked third on the PGA Tour in strokes gained: method the inexperienced all through the 2021-22 season. He led the Tour in that class in his rookie season and completed second in 2020-21.
Morikawa mentioned his iron play forward of the US Open at Brookline.
“This whole yr has been bizarre,” Morikawa stated. “I have been recognized for my irons and recognized to hit cuts. That shot simply hasn’t been there.”
He was proper. It was bizarre seeing Morikawa battle his baby-fade that he all however trademarked on his method to a PGA Championship and claret jug.
The small dip in efficiency with the irons, mixed with an underwhelming brief recreation – 152n.d in strokes gained: across the inexperienced and 131St in strokes gained: placing – left the previous Cal Golden Bear winless all through a whole season for the primary time in his profession.
Morikawa has been hinting that he may need recaptured the magic that catapulted him to stardom, and it was on full show Thursday on the Presidents Cup.
Paired with Cameron Younger, the ninth-ranked participant on the planet placed on a present within the alternate-shot format, hitting 10 method photographs nearer than 26 toes.
This is a take a look at simply how spectacular Morikawa was on Day 1: